On Canadian Ground: Stories of Footwear in Early Canada

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Introduction

Our land of extreme climate and seasonal change dictates a practical approach to what we wear to protect our feet as we get around on snow, ice, mud, sidewalks, or the forest floor. Our cultural traditions also determine our preferences for footwear, whether for practical or social situations. Stories of Canadian footwear include important contributions from Canada’s Aboriginal peoples who have lived here for thousands of years, and from those who came from Europe and the American colonies over the past four hundred years to make Canada their home.

This exhibit shows approaches to footwear by both aboriginal and immigrant populations as hand-made methods of making footwear gradually changed to a mostly mechanized one by the time of the First World War for most of us in Canada although the indigenous groups, particularly the Inuit, still make footwear using traditional methods.

Explore stories of footwear in early Canada through the following Learning Object Collections:
Kamiks of the Inuit
Moccasins of the First Nations
Changing Styles - The Role of Trade and Voyageurs
Shoes for a New Land
Canadian Footwear in the Age of the Craftsman
Canadian Footwear in the Age of the Machine

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