Canada

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North American Beaver

 

Country Canada    (Link to map of Canada)
Continent North America
Capital Ottawa
Population 35,099,836 (2015 est.)
Language English & French
Religion Roman Catholic 40.6%, Protestant 20.3%, Muslim 3.2%, Hindu 1.5%, Sikh 1.4%, none 23.9% (2011 est)
Terrain Mostly plains with Rocky mountains in the west and lowlands in the southeast
Sports Ice hockey, lacrosse, Canadian football, soccer, basketball, curling, & baseball
Animals Caribou, moose, wolverine, musk ox, grey wolf, brown bear, Canada lynx, North American beaver (major symbol of Canada pictured above)

Canada goose, snowy owl, whooping crane

Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, brook trout, Artic char

Along with various snakes, frogs & tree frogs

Facts of Interest First inhabitants of North America migrated from Siberia via the Bering land bridge some 15,000 years ago

Aboriginal peoples of present-day Canada include the First Nations, Inuit and Metis

Canada has multiple ecosystems: lush forests of British Columbia, prairies of Western Canada & tundra of Northern Canada

2’nd largest country in the world; after Russia

~90% of population is concentrated within 100 mi of US border

Canada – US border is the world’s longest land border (5,525 miles)

9% of Canadian territory is water with at least 2-3 million lakes (more than all other countries combined!!)

Concerns Acid rain, pollution of the Great Lakes

Extraction of oil sands in northern Alberta presents several environmental challenges to land, water, air and energy conservation.

Drought in Alberta area that lead to the massive forest fire

Indigenous families and communities in Canada continue to face impoverishment, inadequate housing, food insecurity, ill-health and unsafe drinking water

Mission Catholic missions in Canada undertake the building and repair of remote mission churches along with the education of the children

The Presbyterian Church in Canada has taken an active role in response to the Alberta fire as well as the Syrian refugee crisis as Canada takes on resettling 35,000 people

Sources en.wikipedia.org; cia.com; nrcan.gc.ca; amnesty.ca; cmic.info; presbyterian.ca