The history of Canada covers the period from the arrival of Paleo-Indians thousands of years ago to the present day.
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The eastern woodland areas of what became Canada were home to the Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples.
The Algonquian language is believed to have originated in the western plateau of Idaho or the plains of Montana and moved with migrants eastward, The Ojibwa and other Anishinaabe speakers of the central Algonquian languages retain an oral tradition of having moved to their lands around the western and central Great Lakes from the sea, likely the Atlantic coast.
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Ice Age hunter-gatherers of this period left lithic flake fluted stone tools and the remains of large butchered mammals.