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The following is a journey of discovery into how Canada was shaped by the interaction of peoples from many backgrounds. By examining some key artifacts we can gain insight into Canada's collective history.
This land has always been inhabited by many nations with different languages and cultures, starting from the First Peoples, through many generations of new arrivals, to present day immigrants and refugees. Each group has left a footprint - creating a complex and ultimately very diverse and dynamic country.
It would be impossible to cover the entire history of Canada. We can however look at some specific objects and the intimate stories that they hold.
These artifacts are physical evidence of people’s lives. They are a window into the past that we can use as a link to broad historical events that continue to influence and shape this country today.