Why did Inuit survive while the explorers did not?

In this critical challenge, students will learn about the different resources, tools and skills used by Europeans and Inuit to address Arctic environmental conditions in the mid-nineteenth century. They will:

  • identify challenges posed by Arctic environmental conditions.
  • use primary sources to compare how Europeans and Inuit in the past used different resources, tools and skills to address Arctic challenges on a daily basis.
  • explain which strategies used by Europeans and Inuit allowed them to be successful or unsuccessful.
  • make recommendations to Europeans about what they could have learned from Inuit about daily life in the Arctic.

This resource is part of the series Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History: Mystery Quests.

History, Social studies
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