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Christopher Columbus first used the word "Indian" to describe the Indigenous People of North America because he thought that he had reached the East Indies. The word "Eskimo", first used by a French priest in the 1600s, means "eaters of raw meat." Neither group of native peoples used those names for themselves.
This is an editable worksheet for students studying the origins and meanings or common Canadian Indigenous place names and words. In an era of Reconciliation this can be used to enhance cultural understanding. This is a great addition to a unit on First Nations studies or even Geography.
It includes a chart to fill out, suggested resources, and examples. It asks students to cross-reference their sources, which encourages academic rigor and to check the validity of their sources.
Extensions could include having students present their words, research proper pronunciation, create a poster, or focus specifically on local languages.
**The assignment could easily be edited for American content.**