Travel back over 12,000 years, learning about the history and cultures of Québec’s First Nations! Complex and diverse, Indigenous cultures, like all other cultures, are not frozen in time—they adapt to change and evolve as the years go by.
Learn about the two Indigenous cultural groups present on the island of Montréal in the 17th century. We will explore their cultures, their histories, their traditions, and their relationships, including a look at a major event—the Great Peace of 1701. Through archaeological remains, artefacts, and reproductions, students will get a tangible look at the traces these peoples have left behind, how their cultures adapted after colonization, and their links to the present and to today’s Indigenous descendants.
A pluricultural journey over thousands of years, highlighting the richness and importance of the history and traditions of our First Nation peoples.
What will students experience?:
- They will handle, observe, and compare remains, objects, reproductions, iconography, and models that bear witness to the ways of life of Indigenous populations.
- They will explore, ask questions, and actively participate in learning about the various nations and their histories.
- They will hear and explore the languages, stories, legends, and traditions of Indigenous peoples, past and present.
Concepts covered during the workshop
- Understanding the great complexity and diversity (languages; ways of life; economic, social, and political organization; transportation; diplomacy; trade and bartering systems; demographic and geographic realities) of the First Nations over time.
- Learn about the evolution of relationships between First Nations, Europeans, and Canadians, from the arrival of the colonizers (first contacts) to the present day.
- Get a grasp of the political context that made the Treaty of the Great Peace of Montréal possible; understand how the treaty was signed and its consequences.
- Explore the First Nations’ views of the world, customs, traditions, and beliefs; understand the importance of preserving these traditions—proof of the resilience and strength of Indigenous cultures and peoples.
- Recognize the cultural changes and adaptations that took place after colonization and the impacts still being felt and experienced today.
The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec education programs and help develop the following competencies.
Our experienced interpreter-guides can adapt the tour to students’ ages and interests, making this a rich and varied learning experience.