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The Origins of Canada's First People

Grade 6 Social Studies

Shauna Sutherland

on 1 October 2012

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Transcript of The Origins of Canada's First People

The Origins of
Canada's First Peoples There are varying theories as to the origins of Canada's Aboriginal peoples. Some are creation stories passed down by Aboriginal people, such as the legend of Turtle Island. Theory:
A supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something Creation Story:
Are myths and legends about moral and natural issues. While no doubt these stories have been tainted by a Western viewpoint, they still represent a remarkable chance to understand even a little about cultures that lived for tens of thousands of years. Origin:
The beginning of
something's existence Archaeologists:
The systematic study of past human life and culture by the recovery and examination of remaining material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery. Other theories are based on archaeological studies.
Archaeologists do not know for certain where and how the first people came to Canada, but they have developed theories based on artifacts they have recovered. Artifacts:
An object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest. Ex: bowls, hunting tools, clothing, spear heads. Stay tuned for more
information on Beringia. According to some of these theories, during the last Ice Age, about 35,000 years ago, most of the land was covered by ice and unable to sustain life. As the ice sheets developed and expanded, they not only covered large masses, but also brought areas of the continental shelf above sea level. In the Arctic, this provided a coastal plain, which created a means for people to move from Asia to North America. This land bridge is known as Beringia. * People came to North America from Asia by Canoe, following the coastline. Other theories include: * People crossed the Pacific Ocean by dug-out canoe * People originated in North America * People came from a lost continent in the Atlantic Ocean, called Atlantis. A dugout or dugout canoe is a boat made from a hollowed tree trunk. Plato said Atlantis existed about 9,000 years before his own time, and that its story had been passed down by poets, priests, and others. But Plato's writings about Atlantis are the only known records of its existence. As you watch this video get inspired!!
Make a web of words, images, sounds ect... that you see/hear. We do know that when the early
European explorers landed in this
country, they were met by Aboriginal
peoples - Canada's first peoples. First
of Canada See Hear
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