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Emigrant life in Canada's far north
For Scots who took up farming in Canada, the first years were spent in the difficult work of constructing buildings, clearing forest and growing crops between the stumps that were left behind. The fur trade attracted Scots to Canada because it was well paid. Dr John Rae from Orkney became a fur trader, but unlike others he adopted the ways and methods of Native Americans to survive the harsh conditions of Northern Canada.
The clip can lead to study of Dr John Rae and his involvement with searching for the Franklin expedition that perished in the mid 19th Century while searching for the North West Passage. Students may wish to look into the cultures and lifestyles of Native Americans, including the Inuit and Cree.
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