Okanagan First Peoples is a site that discusses various aspects of present and historical life of the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation. This nation ranges from the Nicola Valley in the west to the Okanagan Valley in the east and Washington State in the south. This is an interesting cultural resource as it does include present artists and culture in this website. It also serves as a resource for finding nation contacts and schools. There are also traditional stories, histories and interpretations of environment included in this site. The site also includes ongoing projects and planning for the future. This site is a useful local resource for those inside and outside of the Aboriginal community.
Miromaa: Aboriginal Language and Technology Center
Every two weeks, an aboriginal language is lost somewhere in the world (Miromaa, 2011, May 22, 2011). With this startling statistic, The Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Center hopes to “reclaim, preserve, and maintain our traditional languages” through the use of software groups to record aboriginal languages in their oral and written form in one area. It also provides information about training opportunities for users of the software. People interested in this software would be language specialists of a given language (fluent speakers), language centers and academic linguists and researchers.
Claiming to be “modern technology for ancient times”, Miromaa may be an over exaggeration of the importance of this type of software in the quest to maintain aboriginal culture. According to Howe (2000), “tribalism must be practiced. It must be lived and experienced” (24). Used to revitalize a language, and as a resource for speakers wishing to brush up or look things up, it is a necessary tool in today’s shrinking world, however, the language must still be used to stay alive. It needs to be on street signs, spoken in homes, used in meetings and at ceremonies. A website as an archive will do only that—archive the language so it isn’t completely erased from cultural memory.
The Metis National Council website is a great starting point for anything Metis in Canada. Metis are sometimes referred to as the forgotten North American aboriginal group as they are caught between their two cultures: North American First Nation and European. The site has a wealth of information and links about Metis Governments, Metis Rights and Metis Constitution as well as links to provincial Metis Nation websites: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.
This is a good place to learn about Metis and a starting point for doing research on Metis people and culture.