Way of Life
At first, most of the province was occupied by the Nakota, Dakota, and Blackfoot while northern Saskatchewan belonged to the Dene.
The First Nations people had their own systems for education, justice, trade, and healthcare. First Nation cultures are based on the belief that all plants, animals, people, and objects are connected. The settlers considered objects like water, stones, and land to be ‘inanimate’ (not alive), but the First Nations people believe that all things have a spirit and are part of the ‘Circle of Life’.
PHOTO CREDIT: SASKATCHEWAN ARCHIVES BOARD
The First Nations people made many of their own arrows and tools.
The traditions, systems, and cultures of the First Nations were very different from the European practices. When the newcomers arrived they did not understand or respect the First Nations’ ways of life.