Gatineau, Quebec, June 21, 2012
- Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is launching the online toolkit Wahkotowin—Aboriginal Imprints in Canadian Heritage
, on the new Aboriginal Heritage portal
The launch of Wahkotowin - Aboriginal Imprints in Canadian Heritage reflects LAC’s modernized approach to content development and delivery. The toolkit gives access to the significant stories of numerous Aboriginal individuals and communities across Canada. Wahkotowin is a Cree-Michif term that embodies the notion of “kinship” in the context of identity, relationships and shared histories. The new toolkit streamlines digital content from LAC’s databases, virtual exhibitions and digitized resources through a single portal.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit continue to participate in defining Canada as a nation. Aboriginal documentary heritage found in LAC’s holdings reflects the exemplary contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canada’s political, social, economic and cultural development.
This first toolkit introduces the Métis, one of three Aboriginal groups in Canada, and Louis Riel, one of Canada’s most talked about and controversial figures.
Through Wahkotowin, you can follow the lives of Aboriginal people, places and events, and connect to our shared history, culture, heritage and identity.