On This Day 8 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-08
In 1497 Vasco da Gama left for India; the first edition of the Wall Street Journal was published in 1889 and in 1918 Savings Stamps were introduced. In 1947 a UFO (allegedly) landed in Roswell and in 1996 the Spice Girls landed with their single Wannabe. Learn more about the Ojibwe people who in 1822 turned over land in Ontario to the UK

Meet the Chippewa (Ojibwe) people from the north eastern part of North America.

Numerous treaties were signed between the Ojibwe people and the United Kingdom which turned over land to the British. One such transfer of land took place on this day in 1822. With census being taken every 10 years the next is due in the US this year (2020). The last census showed a population in the US of 171k in 2010.


The Ojibwe are are one of the larger indigenous peoples of North America - second to the Cree in Canada and the 5th largest in the United States after Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw and Sioux. As with other indigenous languages it has declined over time, however a resurgence in people learning and speaking the language has occurred with several universities offering courses in the language. As a side note we see the same thing here in the UK with Welsh, Gaelic, Manx with a surge in interest in indigenous languages and an increased use prominence in everyday life.

Watch this video from CBC to hear the Ojibwe language being spoken and the actions being taken to keep it alive

The first contact is reported from 1640 with the French which over time enabled the peoples to use European weaponry to overpower their enemies; using guns from the British in 1745. Over time the Ojibwe managed to expand their control of the land. The relationship with land was markedly different between the Europeans and the Ojibwe, and other indigenous peoples - not just in North America but the same can be seen in Australia and New Zealand; for Europeans land is an item that can be bought while for the indigenous people it was shared - like air and water.

Brett Chapman's account is definitely worth a follow to learn more about the history of and current situation of the Native Americans.

He also did the same for Bessie Coleman who you might remember from OTD on the 15th of June!

To learn more about the Ojibwe people watch the following video

Other events on this day

  • 1497: Vasco da Gama departed on the voyage which have him be the first European to reach India
  • 1822: land in Ontario turned over by Chippewas to the UK
  • 1889: first edition of the Wall Street Journal
  • 1918: National Savings Stamps introduced
  • 1947: reports that a UFO crash landed in Roswell
  • 1996: Spice Girls released their debut single Wannabe
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