Bison were very important to First Nations people as bison provided food, shelter, clothing and other important tools. In the Parkland region (Northern Saskatchewan), they hunted caribou, moose, and elk.
Bison were very important to the First Nations people.
First Nations people collected many different plants that they used for food, medicines, ceremonies, and construction material. They collected wild berries and root vegetables wherever they could.
Wild onions, wild carrots, and wild turnips were important root vegetables for the First Nations people.
Corn, beans and squash were commonly grown in Eastern Canada but were not as common on the Prairies. The Nakota people living in Southern Saskatchewan grew beans and tobacco.
The earliest European settlers found that the Blackfoot people grew tobacco. Each Spring a tobacco-planting ceremony was conducted and the Blackfoot had over 200 songs related to this ceremony.