Inuksuk were originally made by the Innuit living in the arctic tundra-prairies of northern Canada. They are a representation of the spirit of the place where they are located and are considered to be welcoming and benevolent. On the featureless tundra they also functioned as place markers to guide travellers.
More recently the inuksuk have been informally adopted by Canadians as a symbol of welcome and friendliness. They are now found all over Canada and in other areas of the world far from their native tundra.