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Canadian Theme Unit
Nunavut and Confederation

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit


Nunavut and Confederation
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.73

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    economic, further, plight, province, social, various, welfare, traditional, spite, halt, lowest, government, region, posts, attend, trade
     content words:    Our Land, Bay Company, World War, Northwest Territories, Nunavut Land Claims Project, On April


Nunavut and Confederation
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     If you studied a map of Canada from before 1999, you might wonder how another territory could be added to Confederation. The land forming Nunavut (Our Land) was not new, but it did right an old wrong.
 
2     The first people to live in Canada's Arctic region were the Tuniit or Dorset people. It is thought that they arrived on the continent from Russia via a land bridge about four to five thousand years ago.
 
3     Then a new people, the Thule, arrived about 1,000 years ago. For about 500 years they hunted whales and traded with the Vikings for iron tools. No one knows why, but their culture suddenly changed. Instead of hunting whales on the coast, they broke into smaller groups and hunted caribou and seals.
 
4     It was these people the explorers met, then the traders after them. It was the traders who made the biggest impact on the native people who called themselves Inuit.
 
5     The Hudson's Bay Company had the largest effect on the Inuit. The Inuit found that by providing furs, they could do more than just survive. They could get tools they'd never had before, as well as new kinds of foods.

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