30 Indigenous Place Names and their Meanings

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The Canadian Encyclopedia created 30 lists of 30 things that have helped define our identity, from famous people and historic events, to iconic foods and influential artists.

Many of the place names that are truly unique to Canada are derived from various Aboriginal languages. Most of these names describe an outstanding physical characteristic of a place, while others denote a significant incident, activity, band or tribe. Below is a list of 30 Indigenous place names and their meanings that the Encyclopedia has compiled to help celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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