800 years ago on Baffin Island, this Inuit man lived and died. In collaboration with the local community of Arctic Bay, researchers reconstructed his appearance in a full sized model, and replicated some of the artifacts he was found with. He has been given the name Nuvumiutaq.
The first confirmed contact of Europeans into the New World took place a thousand years ago with the Vikings. First Nations peoples first encountered their ships as the Norse under Lief Erikson made landfall and brief settlements along the east coast of Canada. L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland proves their presence here, and there have to be other places.
The Vikings didn't stay long, but centuries later the French and the English would make their own crossings into the New World, and their presence would be a permanent one.