FROM THE EDITOR
Nowadays, most Canadians think of animals as pets. Some of us live on farms, where we might keep cattle, chickens, sheep or goats. Lots of Canadians go fishing, hunting or birdwatching.
For First Peoples on this land, nature provided everything they needed. Animals were the source of food, clothing, material for a house, tools and more. When Europeans came to Canada, most of them were looking for animals as the source of things to trade for money, such as whale oil, dried fish and beaver pelts.
Animals have also helped throughout the history of Canada. They pulled wagons and ploughs and sleds. They carried messages and medicine in war. They kept miners safe. They became symbols of our country. And yes, they gave us their company.
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