On Wednesday 23 November 2022, President Higgins today welcomed a group of First Nations People from Turtle Island including Poet Laureate of the Canadian Parliament Louise Halfe, Cree knowledge keeper, singer & storyteller Joseph Naytowhow and choreographer/dancer of Anishinaabe & Irish heritage Brian Solomon
More than 1.67 million people in Canada identify themselves as an Aboriginal person.
The Canadian Constitution recognizes 3 groups of Aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Traditionally, First Nations in Canada were peoples who lived south of the tree line, and mainly south of the Arctic Circle.
There are more than 630 First Nation communities in Canada, which represent more than 50 Nations and 50 Indigenous languages.