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Aatsista-Mahkan
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First Nations Chief
Chief of the Siksika known for his generosity and kindness; signatory to Treaty 7 in 1877
Alexander Graham Bell
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Inventor
Scottish-born, 1847; credited with inventing the first practical telephone
Alex Colville
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Painter
Exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally; b. 1920
Alex Trebek
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Television Host
Host of Jeopardy
Alice Munro
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Author
Short stories often featured in The New Yorker
André Gagnon
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Musician
Pianist, composer, conductor, arranger; b. 1939
Anne Hébert
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Author
Anne Murray
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Singer
First female Canadian singer to make #1 on the US pop charts; b. 1945
Annie Perreault
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Speed Skater
Short track, Olympic Gold Medal, 1992 & 1998
Art Linkletter
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Television Host
Host of two of the longest running shows in broadcast history
Bat Masterson
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Frontier Lawman
Buffalo hunter, gambler, U.S. Army scout; 1853-1921
Bat Masterson
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Journalist
Sports writer, editor and columnist; career as a writer started about 1883
Bernard Labadie
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Conductor
Worldwide reputation as a leading conductor of the Baroque and Classical repertoire
Billy Bishop
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Military Figure
Aviator; first Canadian WWI ace; 1894-1956
Bobby Orr
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Hockey Player
Buffy Sainte-Marie
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Singer
Native singer-songwriter, composer, visual artist, pacifist and philanthropist; b. 1941
Clarence Gagnon
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Painter
1881-1942; modernist Québécois painter
Céline Dion
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Singer
Pop singer, actress, entrepreneur; b. 1968
Dan Akroyd
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Actor
Academy Award-nominated actor
David Suzuki
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Environmental Activist
Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation to work "to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us"
David Suzuki
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Science Broadcaster
Primarily known as host for the TV science magazine "The Nature of Things"; b. 1936
Deanna Durbin
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Actor
Actress and singer; retired, 1949; b. 1921
Dan George
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Actor
Academy-award nomination for role in Little Big Man; 1899-1981
Dan George
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Author
Author of "My Heart Soars"
Dan George
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First Nations Chief
Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band in British Columbia
Donald Sutherland
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Actor
Film career spans over 40 years
Douglas Cardinal
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Architect
Métis and Blackfoot heritage; Canadian Museum of Civilization, First Nations University of Canada, others; b. 1934
Edward Dmytryk
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Film Director
The Caine Mutiny, Murder, My Sweet
Farley Mowat
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Author
Conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors; b. 1921
Fay Wray
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Actor
King Kong
Ferguson Jenkins
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Baseball Player
Hall of Fame pitcher, b. 1943
Félix Leclerc
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Singer
Writer, actor, political activist; 1914-1988
Frederick Varley
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Painter
One of the Group of Seven; 1881-1969
Gabrielle Roy
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Author
Novelist and children's writer; 1909-1983
Gaétan Boucher
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Speed Skater
Four-time Olympic medalist, 1980-1984
Genevieve Bujold
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Actor
Anne of a Thousand Days
Gilles Villeneuve
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Racing Driver
Formula One
Glenn Ford
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Actor
Career spanned seven decades; 1916-2006
Glenn Gould
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Pianist
One of the best known and celebrated pianists of the 20th century; 1932-1982
Gordie Howe
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Hockey Player
Held most NHL scoring records before Wayne Gretzky; b. 1928
Gordon Lightfoot
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Singer
Pop singer; Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, If You Could Read My Mind, etc
Guy Lafleur
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Hockey Player
Guy Lombardo
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Band Leader
Hal Foster
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Cartoonist
Creator of Prince Valiant; 1892-1982
Harold Innis
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Political Economist
Professor of political economy at the University of Toronto; 1894-1952
Irving Layton
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Poet
1912-2006; modern poetry pioneer
Jacques Villeneuve
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Racing Driver
1995 Indy 500 winner, 1997 Formula One World Champion
James Cameron
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Film Director
True Lies, The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic
James Ehnes
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Violinist
Concert violinist with extensive discography; b. 1976
James Gosling
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Programmer
Inventor of Java
Jay Silverheels
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Actor
Mohawk, 1912-1980; known for his role as Tonto in the Lone Ranger series
Jean Chrétien
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Politician
20th Prime Minister of Canada, serving 1993-2003
Jean De Brébeuf
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Saint
Jesuit missionary, martyred 1649 and known as The Apostle of the Hurons; primary patron saint of Canada
Jim Carrey
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Actor
B. 1962
John Alexander McCrae
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Author
Poet, physician and WWI soldier; author of war memorial poem, "In Flanders Fields"; 1872-1918
John Candy
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Actor
1950-1994
John Kenneth Galbraith
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Author
Economist served the administrations of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Johnson; 1908-2006
John Kenneth Galbraith
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Economist
Advocate of Keynsian economics, filled the role of public intellectual for many years
Joni Mitchell
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Singer
Songwriter and painter; b. 1943
Joseph-Armand Bombardier
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Entrepreneur
Founder of Bombardier, Inc.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier
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Inventor
Inventor of the snowmobile; 1907-1964
Joseph Brandt
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Military Figure
Mohawk military and political leader closely associated with Great Britain during the American Revolution; met with George Washington and King George III; 1743-1807
Julie Payette
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Astronaut
B. 1963, veteran of over 600 hours in space
Julie Payette
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Singer
Astronaut who has sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and other professional organizations
Justin Morneau
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Baseball Player
2006 American League Most Valuable Player
Kateri Tekakwitha
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Saint
Well, technically, Blessed - the step before canonization, yet commonly referred to as The Mohawk Saint; 1656-1680
Keanu Reeves
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Actor
Kiviaq
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Politician
First Inuit to become a lawyer; won the legal right to use his single-word name; serves on the Edmonton City Council; b. 1936
Kurt Browning
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Figure Skater
Four-time World Champion; b. 1966
Leonard Cohen
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Author
Poetry, novels
Leonard Cohen
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Singer
Songwriter, poet and novelist, b. 1934
Leslie Nielsen
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Actor
Lester Pearson
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Politician
Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Lorne Greene
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Actor
Ben Cartwright in Bonanza; 1915-1987
Louis-Joseph Papineau
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Politician
Leader of the reformist Patriot movement; 1786-1871
Louis Riel
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Politician
A founder of Manitoba and leader of the Métis people; led two resistance movements against the Canadian government; executed for treason, yet viewed sympathetically by Francophone regions of Canada; 1844-1885
Lucy Maude Montgomery
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Author
Anne of Green Gables
Mack Sennett
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Film Director
Early innovator of slapstick comedy; 1880-1960
Malcolm Lowry
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Author
British born, moved to Canada in 1939; poet, novelist; 1909-1957
Marc Gagnon
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Speed Skater
Short track speed skater, winner of three Olympic gold medals, b. 1975
Marc Garneau
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Astronaut
First Canadian in space, b. 1949
Margaret Atwood
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Author
Poet, critic, essayist, feminist; b. 1939
Marguerite Bourgeoys
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Saint
Founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame; instrumental in the survival of the first colony in Montreal; 1620-1700
Mario Lemieux
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Hockey Player
Marshall McLuhan
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Communications Theorist
Professor of English literature, critic, rhetorician; 1911-1980
Martin Brodeur
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Hockey Player
Goaltender with lead in all-time wins; b. 1972
Martin Short
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Actor
Mary Pickford
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Actor
Maureen Forrester
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Singer
Operatic contralto, b. 1930; Canada's Walk of Fame, Order of Canada, other honors
Maurice Richard
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Hockey Player
"The Rocket", first player to score 50 goals in a season; 1921-2000
Maynard Ferguson
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Band Leader
Jazz musician; 1928-2006
Michael J. Fox
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Actor
Michael Ondaatje
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Author
Billy the Kid, The English Patient
Michael Smith
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Chemist
1993 Nobel Prize in chemistry
Michael Snow
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Painter
National Gallery of Canada, Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, public works
Mike Myers
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Actor
Émile Nelligan
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Poet
1879-1941
Mistahi-maskwa
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First Nations Chief
Cree leader, known as Big Bear, was notable for his involvement in the North-West Rebellion and his subsequent imprisonment; 1825-1888
Morley Safer
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Television Journalist
Journalist, "60 Minutes"
Neil Young
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Singer
Singer-songwriter, film director and activist; b. 1945
Norman Bethune
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Humanitarian
Physician, medical innovator, best known for service in war time medical units; 1890-1939
Oscar Peterson
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Pianist
Jazz pianist and composer; released over 200 recordings; 1925-2007
Pamela Anderson
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Actor
Paul Anka
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Singer
Teen idol of the late 50's and 60's, songwriter, actor, b. 1941
Peter Jennings
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Television Journalist
Anchor, ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 to his death in 2005
Phil Hartman
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Actor
Pierre Gaultier De Varennes
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Explorer
Sierra de La Vérendrye, traveled further west than any previous European explorer; 1685-1713
Raymond Burr
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Actor
Raymond Massey
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Actor
René Leveque
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Politician
Founder, Parti Québécois, Premier of Québec; 1922-1987
Éric Gagné
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Baseball Player
Pitcher, winner of the Cy Young Award in 2003
Rick Moranis
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Actor
Roberta Bondar
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Astronaut
B. 1945, Canada's first female astronaut and first neurologist in space
Robert Charlebois
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Singer
Important figure in French language song; b. 1944
Robert Goulet
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Singer
Pop singer, crooner; 1933-2007
Robert MacNeil
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Television Journalist
The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, The Story of English
Robert Service
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Author
Poet sometimes referred to as the "Bard of the Yukon"; 1874-1958
Roy Brown
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Military Figure
WWI flying ace who shot down the Red Baron; 1893-1944
Samuel Bronfman
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Entrepreneur
Founder of Seagram's; born, Moldova, 1889, died Montreal, 1971
Sandford Fleming
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Inventor
Known for proposing worldwide standard time zones; 1827-1915
Saul Bellow
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Author
Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize for Literature; 1915-2005
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
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Inuit Activist
Representative for the Inuit people at the regional, national and international level; b. 1953
Sidney Altman
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Chemist
1989 Nobel Prize in chemistry
Sir Samuel Cunard
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Entrepreneur
Fleet owner, founder of the Cunard Line, Ltd
Sir William Osler
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Physician
At the turn of the 20th century, called "most influential physician in history"; 1849-1919
Stephen Leacock
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Author
Economist, writer and humorist; 1869-1944
Timothy Eaton
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Entrepreneur
Founder of Eaton's department store; 1834-1907
Tuzo Wilson
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Geophysicist
Plate tectonics
Wayne Gretzky
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Hockey Player
"The Great One"; highest scorer in history
William Barker
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Military Figure
Highly decorated WWI flying ace
William Francis Giauque
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Chemist
1949 Nobel Prize in chemistry
William Shatner
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Actor
William Vickrey
   is known as an   
Economist
1996 Nobel Prize in economics
W. P. Kinsella
   is known as an   
Author


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