Canada - Research Article from Governments of the World

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People and History

In 2003 Canada's population reached almost 32 million people. Canada is a country of immigrants, with approximately 17 percent of its population born outside of Canada. English (58%) and French (23%) are the dominant mother tongue languages, and each has status as an official language. However, almost 20 percent of Canadians claim a mother tongue that is neither English nor French. The population also includes almost 1 million Aboriginal Canadians who are descendants of the first people to occupy and establish organized societies in the territory that is now Canada. Aboriginal self-government is an important political issue.

Although Aboriginal peoples occupied the land long before European settlement, the modern political history of Canada can be traced to 1534 and 1535, when French explorer Jacques Cartier (1491–1557) discovered the coast of Labrador, explored the St. Lawrence River, and traded with the Huron. In 1608 Samuel de Champlain (c. 1567–1635) founded Quebec City, and twenty-four years later Sieur...

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