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Myths about First Peoples

Keith Jamieson is a Mohawk and a Six Nations of the Grand River Cultural Consultant. He lectures internationally and is also a curator and is an advisor for various exhibits on First Nations. He is a published author and has done many media publications. He explains some of the predominant myths surrounding First Peoples. These misconceptions stand in the way of building bridges of understanding between different cultures.

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I think the primary message is much broader than simply who we are. I think it’s important to acknowledge the fact that we do exist and we are contributing members of the 21st century. It needs to be accepted for that. We didn’t die off at the turn of the nineteenth century. We, we, the assumption is that we have always been very comfortable in, on all our little reserves in the country and that’s never been true. The assumption is that we have been taken care of that’s not true. You have to acknowledge that there are myths abound about us. What we have is very much preconceived notions about who people are and what they represent and often that’s manufactured to fit a particular ethic or a particular common identity or an ideal. And I don’t think we can accept those kinds of things.