The natives of Canada’s Arctic have a unique culture born from life in a frozen world. For hundreds of years, the Inuits survived in a place whose permafrost-ridden ground practically prohibited life. Then, the Canadian government intervened.
Before contact with the Western world, the Inuit were a nomadic people. They lived as hunters, setting up temporary homes before moving on to the next hunting grounds. They traveled on dogsleds and kayaks, making tools from stones and animal bones.
But Canadians of European ancestry had a hard time understanding that lifestyle. Thus, they sought to make the Inuit “modern.”