An Aboriginal Presence

Our Origins

Origin Stories

Stories carry knowledge from our ancestors into the present day.

In the stories told by different Aboriginal peoples across Canada, Sky Woman, Glooscap, Sedna, Nanabush or Raven create the world, or change it into the world known to human beings. Over the centuries, we have told these stories, sung them, carved them, painted them, and brought them to life through objects and dance.

Today, origin stories are told in homes, schools and cultural centres. Artists, writers and actors interpret them for Aboriginal communities and the world.

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