What do you know about Canada and Native Canadians?
What does the word “Inuit” mean in the language of Native Canadians? When did they arrive in North America? I found the answers to these questions on a map hanging in a school where I learn English. If you are interested in this topic, you’re welcome to read more…
When Europeans reached North America five hundred years ago, they were looking for a sea route to the riches of the East. That’s why explorers called the people they met “Indians,” thinking they must have reached India. Nowadays, we use various terms, among them, “Native Canadian,” to indicate the people whose ancestors lived in North America before the arrival of the Europeans. These early people probably arrived in North America about 40, 000 years ago, coming across a land bridge that once joined Siberia and Alaska. Native Canadians belong to several big language families, which in turn are divided into smaller language groups.
The Métis, descendants of Native Canadians and European settlers, live throughout Canada, especially in the prairie provinces. They have their own language which is a combination of French, English and Native Canadian words.
Many Native Canadians of the North were once known as “Eskimos,” but now prefer to be called “Inuit” which means “people” in their own language. The Inuit are related to the northern peoples of Siberia, Alaska, and Greenland. Their ancestors began coming to North America by sea about 4,000 years ago – much more recently than the other Native Canadians.
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