An Aboriginal Presence

Our Origins

Scientific research and our own traditions confirm that we, the First Peoples, have an ancient presence on this continent. We are not the first immigrants; we are the Native inhabitants of the land. We have been here since before the world took its present form.

Dorset Culture
about 1700 B.C.
Devon Island, Nunavut
Canadian Museum of Civilization, QkHn-13:489, CD95-279-089

This small, ivory Paleo-Eskimo mask speaks to the ancient presence of First Peoples in northern North America. One of the oldest surviving representations of the human face found in Canada, it is about 3,500 years old.
Mask - QkHn-13:489 - CD95-279-089
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