Indigenous History and Culture: Online Exhibit
Welcome! The Indigenous History and Culture online exhibit features the Craigleith Heritage Depot museum artefact collection along with a related archival and research collection, videos, online books, resources in the BMPL library collection and more.
The current community of The Town of The Blue Mountains has deep historical roots. The First Peoples who lived here chose this area for the natural resources, the spiritual places and the beauty of this remarkable place. Indigenous peoples established communities and a complex network of trading routes. They transformed the landscape to accommodate agriculture and hunting practices. Indigenous Peoples continue to live, work and connect across The Blue Mountains.
This exhibit provides a range of information. Artefacts which reflect their use and application. Multimedia materials provide access to information and experiences through sound and film. Written materials by Indigenous writers as well as by settler narratives of Indigenous History demonstrate a long-standing interest in knowing more about this area’s First Peoples. However, much of the writing presented is by non-Indigenous authors. Some of these authors, such as John Steckley and Charles Garrad, worked closely with Indigenous communities to develop strong bonds of knowledge. Others wrote based on anecdotal evidence and through a racialized lens. These materials say as much about the subject as it does the colonialization of Indigenous history.
All these materials are presented to allow for public use in order for all communities to learn, connect and discover history and culture. This is a growing exhibit space, as we add to the knowledge base and provide more resources for thoughtful understanding of our past, present and future.
The First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada are recognized as the traditional stewards of the land. The municipality of The Town of The Blue Mountains is located within the boundary of Treaty 18 region of 1818 which is the traditional land of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples.