Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights

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Territorial Ties to the Algonquin Homeland

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Since Native American language is based in orality, so spelling can vary from community, nation, or tribe.

Elders are the keepers of a community, national, or tribal knowledge and given the title by their people. The process of becoming an Elder is after many years as a knowledge keeper and advocate.

Knowledge keepers are educators, who are trained by Elders.

The area that will be explained in greater detail is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin peoples of Southeastern Ontario and Western Québec. This area is rich in history and spans over 12,000 years (Whiteduck 2002, p. 8). It is a sacred territorial area that has been shaped and renamed since the 1600s. Different words will thus be used for the same locations or peoples, depending on the time period. Kitchisibi, which translates into Kitchi (big or large) and Sibi (water), refers to where the water widens. It is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OttawaCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Lavonna L. Lovern
    • 1
  1. 1.Valdosta State UniversityValdostaUSA