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15 Things Aboriginal People Living In Canada Want You To Know

We asked a few of the 1.4 million aboriginal people in Canada what it's like to live north of the 49th.

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1. It's not "Indian" or "Native American," it's Aboriginal or Indigenous.

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Being politically correct is always cool.

2. And while we're at it, there are actually three different titles: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

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You got this.

3. If you're Métis, you actually get asked if you're related to Louis Riel.

Can't you see the family resemblance?
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Can't you see the family resemblance?

4. If you're Inuit, people assume you live in an igloo.

Just mention you live in northern Canada. Do it. I dare you.
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Just mention you live in northern Canada. Do it. I dare you.

5. If you're First Nations, people assume you don't pay taxes.

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You do.

6. And live in free housing.

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You don't.

7. And can take them fishing or hunting whenever and wherever they want without a licence.

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You can't.

8. And get money when you turn 18.

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You wish.

9. You get really sick of people complaining about immigration.

No, seriously. It's really annoying.
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No, seriously. It's really annoying.

10. You wish people would stop calling you Canadian.

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"Canada" doesn't exactly have the best history with Aboriginal people.

11. People mistake you for Spanish or Asian or some kind of mix of everything.

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Just ask. Save us all the embarrassment.

12. Your ancestors played hockey before it was cool.

OK, OK, it's disputed. But still.
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OK, OK, it's disputed. But still.

13. And lacrosse.

Gobblin' and goosin' long before all y'all.
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Gobblin' and goosin' long before all y'all.

14. Maple syrup is Canadian? Please.

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That delicious, sugary goodness was a thing long before 1867.

15. But mostly...and most aggravatingly: You have to deal with this every Halloween.

Some advice: Just don't.
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Some advice: Just don't.