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Distinctly Canadian Canada federated country of North America bounded on the north by the Arctic Ocean on the northeast by Baffin Bay and Davis Strait which separate it from Greenland on the east by the Atlantic Ocean on the south by the United States and on the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska Canada is the worlds second largest country surpassed in size only by Russia Canada has a total area of 9970610 sq km 3849652 sq mi of which 755180 sq km 291575 sq mi is covered by bodies of fresh water such as rivers and lakes Canadian Encyclopaedia 1988 Canada contains great reserves of natural resources notably timber petroleum natural gas metallic minerals and fish The name Canada is derived from an Iroquoian term meaning village or community In Canada we have many images practices and items that make us one of the best younger countries in the world In such a short time for a country to exist we have many images that make us very culturally rich in everyway Probably the most important images practices and items come for our friend the American Indians or Native Americans They were a definite asset to Canadas cultural growth The American Indians came into Canada in a series of migrations that occurred during the last stages of the Pleistocene Ice Age Mongoloid peoples from Asia entered North America probably crossing the Bering Strait Gradually they spread over the continent and into South America By 1600 more than 250000 of their aboriginal descendants inhabited what is now Canada Developing a Stone Age economy they hunted fished and gathered food and in warmer areas also farmed The basic social unit was the band which varied from a few families to several hundred people In areas of higher settlement density bands were organized into tribes and even larger units The
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