"Aboriginal peoples" is a collective name for the original peoples of North America and their descendants. The Canadian constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal people: Indians (commonly referred to as First Nations), Métis and Inuit. These are three distinct peoples with unique histories, languages, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. More than one million people in Canada identify themselves as an Aboriginal person, according to the 2006 Census.
"PowWows" traditionally have been dedicated to warriors and a way of giving thanks to the Creator for all that Mother Earth provides for her people. In short a "Thanksgiving" ceremony. It is one of the oldest, most important, and colourful Aboriginal ceremonies. The Pow Wow is an important vehicle for handing down Native traditions from one generation to the next. It is also an excellent opportunity for all people to participate in a vibrant and vital aspect of Aboriginal heritage.