INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday- Inuits!

Canada is the home of people all over the world…but it´s also the home of the Inuits…

Who are the Inuit? They are a group of people who live in some of the coldest parts of the world, such as Greenland or the Arctic regions of America, Canada but they are original for Siberia, in the northeastern Asia.

In the case of the Canadian´s Inuits, they have an autonomous territory called Nunavut “our land” since 1999. That region had been their home for 4000 years and since 1996 the desire of their autonomy was increased and the final result was the foundation of Nunavut .

They have managed to survive and adapt to their cold environment. That has been possible because they have certain physical characteristics. For example their eyelashes are heavier than the normal ones to protect the eyes from glare shining on the ice and his body structure is “designed” to keep them warm being small and robust.

Nowadays their life has been modernized but the Inuit struggle to perpetuate their traditions as well. For example they can be use dogsled or snowmobiles to travel around and they can alternate raw meat and ready meals in their diet.

The main activity they developed for subsistence is hunting but as you can guess the low temperatures and other conditions make life really difficult for the hunters and their families. They still hunt on the ice and when they go hunting it can take more than one month away from home, so during this period is when they use the igloo. The mental image of living in igloos is not real, are only temporary shelters for hunting.

They are also popular for selling soapstone sculptures.

I find amazing that such an intercultural country as Canada, where immigrants from all the corners of the planets live in, it´s also the home of native people, such as the Inuit…

Definitely Canada has everything!

Cheers,

Irene

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Fun Facts about Canada

Today I would like to tell you some interesting facts about Canada and of the 12 different provinces! After reading this article you will know a lot more about Canada!

Canada: Canadians consume the most macaroni and cheese in comparison with other countries. And did you know that John Cabot was the first explorer who reached Canada in 1497

British Columbia: did you know that the world’s largest octopus, scallop, and sea star are found in British Columbia’s ocean water.

Alberta: On January 27th, 1962, Alberta experienced a Chinook! this is a very warm wind that blows though the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The temperature rose from – 18.9 to +3.3 in only 1 hour! Can you imagine that?

Saskatchewan: In this province the daylight saving time does not occur, the clock will stay on the standard time. easy eh?!

Manitoba: The area portage la Prairie, located in this province is called the strawberry capital of Canada!

Ontario: did you know that there are more than 250.000 lakes here? that is a lot!

Quebec: in this province is 70% of the world’s maple syrup produced. No matter where you are in the world, the change is  big the maple syrup is from Quebec!

Newfoundland: If you are standing on the East coast of this province, then you are closer to Ireland than Saskatchewan.

New Brunswick: This is the only province with two official languages, French & English.

Nova Scotia: The name Nova Scotia (Latin) means New Scotland, which is names after Scotland.

Nunavut: 50% of all polar bears in the world are living here! And this province contains 1/5 of all the land in Canada!

Northwest Territories: In this province you can find the great slave lake, which is the deepest lake in Canada!

Yukon: Here you can see the amazing Northern lights in Yukon’s night sky!

Cheers, Lydia

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Fun/Facts/News

Hey Guys,

this is the second part of the interesting fact’s about the provinces Canada’s. Hope you’ll enjoy it again 🙂

Nunavut

Capital: Iqaluit

  • In Nunavut live 50% of the polar bears in the world.
  • Nunavut contains 1/5 of all the land in Canada
  • A human figure made of stone, inuksuk, is featured on the Nunavut provincial flag.
  • The inuksuk is used to mark important places or to guide the people across the land.

Saskatchewan

Capital: Regina

  • Daylight Saving Time does not occur in Saskatchewan. The clocks remain on Central Standard Time.
  • 54% of Canada’s wheat is produced in Saskatchewan.
  • Estevan, Saskatchewan is with 2 540 hours of sunlight a year, the sunniest place in Canada.
  • The world’s most northerly sand dunes are in Athabasca Provincial Park and 30m high.

Northwest Territories

Capital: Yellowknife

  • The longest river Canada’s is the Mackenzie. It flows for 4 241km and drains into Beaufort Sea.
  • In 1998 the first diamond mine in Canada started its production.
  • Great Slave Lake is the deepest lake in North America and the tenth-largest in the world.

 

Alberta

Capital: Edmonton

  • Over half of Alberta is covered by forests.
  • The beef capital of Canada is Calgary.
  • Every summer, Calgary hosts the Calgary Stampede, bringing in over one million people.
  • In 1962 in Pincher Creek, Alberta experienced a Chinook, a warm wind that blows trough the Rocky Mountains, where the temperature rose from -19 C to +22 C in one hour! Chinook winds can gust to 171km/h (106mph).

Yukon Territory

Capital: Whitehorse

  • The highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan, which has an elevation of 5 959m.
  • The northern light, also called aurora borealis, can be seen in the Yukon’s night sky.
  • The sun shines almost non-stop for three months during summer in a portion of the Yukon, above the Arctic Circle. During the winter, that same portion of land does not see the sun for three months.

Beautiful British Columbia

Capital: Victoria

  • The raspberry capital of Canada is Abbotsford, B.C… It produces 15.6 million kg of raspberries every year.
  • The world’s largest octopus, scallop and sea star are found in B.C.’s ocean waters.
  • Canada’s oldest tree, a 1 300-year-old Douglas Fir, is found in B.C.
  • In 1994 the world’s largest totem pole was raised in Victoria and is 54.94m tall.
  • B.C. is home to more varieties of plants and animals than any other Canadian province.

Hope you enjoyed it just like we did. Wish you a pleasant Sunday.

Your PR-Crew

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