The Anishinaabeg of the land and members of the Anishinaabe First Nation
are not insulted when the name Algonquin or Algonkin is given them but, they
definitely prefer to be called Anishinaabe, their nation name since
immemorial times. Anishinaabeg who are members of the Algonkian language
Nine Anishinaabe communities
scattered in Outaouais and in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Nine communities
called Ojibway, Algonquin, Ottawa, Potawatomi, Saulteaux, Nipissing,
Mississauga as well as Oji-Cree and Metis who share the same cultural
In the Anishinaabemowin language, Anishinaabe means the original person and Anishinaabeg means real men or real humans or the true people who proudly preserve their traditions, who remain close to their ancestral ways of life and who carry on with their traditional lifestyle.
We know that Anishinabe is the name the Anishinaabe First Nation use when referring to themselves and, we know that it meant or still means "real men or real humans" but, there are still questions about the origin of the name “Algonquian” or Algonkian to describe a larger linguistic and cultural group such as the Anishinaabeg, the Innu and the Cree.
Anishinaabeg who are inseparable from their land, their identity and their sense of place as in a wide range of connections between people and places. Anishinaabeg who, like other Indigenous peoples in Canada, have suffered under colonial assimilation policies such as the Indian Act and the residential schools.
The seven clans of the Anishinaabe Nation are instrumental in their personal identity as well as in their traditional role in society. Seven different clans, seven different animals and seven different roles. Anishinaabe communities who have a long tradition of music.
The Abenakis, Anishinaabeg, Atikamekw, Crees, Huron-Wendats, Innus, Maliseets, Mi'kmaq, Mowhawks, Naskapis First Nations and, the Inuit in Inuit Nunangat, the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska.
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