Canada (Modern World Nations) by Kristi L. Desaulniers

By Kristi L. Desaulniers

- Information-packed volumes supply accomplished overviews of every nation's humans, geography, background, executive, economic climate, and tradition- considerable full-color illustrations consultant the reader on a voyage of discovery- Maps mirror present political barriers

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Q 11/22/02 7:45 AM Page 41 Canada Through Time Champlain had hopes for converting the Native populations from their traditional ways to the ways of Roman Catholicism. Champlain hoped that passing on the strong Catholic influence would be accomplished by missionary work with the Native People. However, the Native People already had their own strong beliefs and did not always welcome the efforts of the missionaries. As a third effort, Champlain wanted to further develop fur trade with the native populations.

First Nations The people of the First Nations are as varied as the landscapes on which they lived. Along the west coast, the resourcerich waters brought a bounty of salmon, shellfish, and whales. q 11/22/02 7:48 AM Page 64 64 Canada These plentiful resources made permanent settlements possible for coastal people. Leisure time allowed for the carving of cedar and stone into elegant objects of art, including huge totem poles, some of which can be seen in museums throughout the world today. In the wide expanses of the prairie, families cooperated in hunting migratory buffalo.

Canadians responded with military manpower and precious natural resources to produce war materials. The contributions in time of war bolstered Canada’s international stature and affirmed Canadian capabilities as a modern and industrial nation. Between these wars, economic and social disasters resulting from the Great Depression tested Canadians’ courage. In the years following these struggles of war and the economic depression, the standard of living increased for many people and the economy continued to expand.

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