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.
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.