Excerpt: "The first Europeans to inhabit what is now Canada came from Norse countries about 1000 AD to spend at least two winters at L’Anse aux Meadows, on the northwestern tip of Newfoundland. No evidence remains of any Christian religious activity on the part of these occupants. During the age of exploration, Europeans from many nations came to Canada for various reasons, including trade, political expansion, and Christian missions to the First Nations peoples already resident in Canada. As a result of such mission work, and the replication or expansion of churches from the European countries of origin of Canadian immigrants, church-sponsored education was widespread by the time Canada gained nationhood in 1867."
Badley, Ken, "Canada" (2015). Faculty Publications - School of Education. 235.