How to be a Better Settler #12: Include Indigenous trivia in pub quizzes

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Doesn’t this appeal to the subversive in you?

It appeals to the subversive in me.

I’ve run trivia nights in pubs, and it’s always fun & challenging to come up with some decent questions, especially ones that trip people up, or make them have to look it up afterwards.

Writing trivia questions that use little-known (or not) facts about Indigenous history and people is a great way to trip people up and get them thinking about Indigenous history (and maybe it will even create a little Reconciliation ripple). You could pepper every category with questions or create an Indigenous category. You could really challenge yourself to find interesting and obscure trivia that could get game going.

It’s also a way to start including Indigenous history, achievements and accomplishments as part of the everyday narrative. Interesting questions and obscure facts are, well, the whole deal of any trivia night. What’s more obscure than facts about Indigenous history, since we know so little about it anyway?

Here a few to get your started:

  1. From which First Nations language is the name “Canada” likely derived? A: Huron-Iroqouis. Bonus if you know the word–‘kanata’
  2. Who was the first person of Aboriginal descent to win the Boston Marathon? A: Tom Longboat
  3. What was the first Canadian dramatic feature film produced entirely in Inuktitut? A: Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
  4. Who was the first Inuk player in the NHL? A: Jordin Tootoo
  5. What is the name of the piece of art by Michif artist Christi Belcourt that inspired fashion design house Valentino? A: Water Song
  6. What are the original five nations of the Iroquois Confederacy? A: Seneca, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga and Mohawk

This information is pretty easy to find:

Wikipedia: Aboriginal_Canadian_personalities

Indspire Awards

Canada Sports Hall of Fame

The Canadian Encyclopedia

If you’re not given to subversion via trivia nights (which I admit is a little dorky/ambitious on my part), this is a pretty good, pretty easy, and pretty fun start to being a better settler, no?