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Celebrate Canada’s 150th with Hinterland Who’s Who!

In honour of our country’s 150th Anniversary, HWW will be releasing special new videos to highlight the importance of some of our most iconic wildlife species in Canadian History and culture. We will also be celebrating the heritage of Indigenous peoples in Canada!

In 2017, celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary and our natural heritage with us!

 Aaron Paquette

In honour of our country’s 150th Anniversary and to celebrate the heritage of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Hinterland Who’s Who is releasing videos about some of our most iconic wildlife in six Indigenous languages. The species featured are important to Indigenous culture and present in many First Nation, Métis, or Inuit legends.

To view the videos about freshwater turtles and the Wolverine, please visit our Indigenous Languages page!

 Beaver   Niitsitapi people with beaver pelts

The first featured species is the North American Beaver! This large rodent is found throughout Canada's freshwater systems. Since it has played a prominent role throughout our history, it has become our national symbol!

 To read up and view the new videos on this very important species for Canada, visit our fact sheet!

Mi'kmaq Whale Hunt Petroglyph   North Atlantic Right Whale

The second featured species is the North Atlantic Right Whale! These extremely rare whales spend the summer in Canadian waters. For thousands of years, whales have provided Indigenous peoples with food and tools. It was of such importance that one of the beliefs of the Mi’kmaq people is that the whale is the master of life in the sea. Once much more common, there are only about 500 of them left on Earth. Find out more with our fact sheet and videos!

 Totem pole with Pacific Salmon  Coho Salmon

The third species is the Pacific Salmon! This amazing fish undergoes an impressive migration from the freshwater habitat where it's born to the ocean and back. This keystone species is of foremost importance for the West Coast Indigenous people. To discover this emblematic fish, visit the Coho Salmon fact sheet! A new fact sheet on all Pacific Salmon will be available shortly!

Making cod liver oil in Newfoundland  Atlantic Cod

The fourth featured species is the Atlantic Cod! This cold-water demersal fish is found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the Canadian coast. Fished by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, cod would later become one of the most important parts of our fisheries with the arrival of Europeans in North America. You can view our fact sheets and the videos about it right here!

Buffalo Hunt American Bison

The fifth featured species is the American Bison! Historically, bison could be found in Canada from the grasslands and woodlands of the Prairie Provinces to the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and up into the rugged Yukon. We can support healthy herds of bison by protecting and expanding the natural areas they roam! Find out more about our largest land mammal and view our new videos about it right here!

 Inuit Sculpture of a Snowy Owl Snowy Owl

The last featured species is the Snowy Owl! There are few creatures that symbolize the beauty and ruggedness of Canada’s Arctic as well as this majestic white bird.  While it is well adapted to life in -50°C, some individuals will migrate to southern Canada for the winter months. Throughout history, the Inuit peoples of Canada have shared territory with Snowy Owls, and because of that, these owls appear in their legends, art and traditions. To learn more about it, have a look at our fact sheet and videos

We hope that you had a great Canada150! We'll be back next year, so stay tuned! For more wildlife activities around Canada 150, visit the Canadian Wildlife Federation!