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Aboriginal/French exchanges

More about Samuel de Champlain

More about Jean Nicolet

More about Jacques de Noyon

More about Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau

More about René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle at Cataracoui


Land and settlement

  • Read more about James Baby.
  • Read more about Duff-Baby House.
  • Read “Choosing sides: French presence on the Detroit frontier during the War of 1812,” by Guillaume Teasdale, an article from the May 2012 special edition of Heritage Matters entitled Understanding the French experience in Ontario. Note: The seigneurial system was the primary form of land distribution in New France from 1627 to 1854. It was modelled on the feudal system in Europe. Learn more ...
  • Learn more about The French Presence in Lafontaine …
  • Learn more about The French Community in Welland …
  • Read more about resource communities in northern Ontario
  • Learn more about the French-Canadian Settlement and the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Mattawa Area …
  • YouTube video – La migration des Canadiens français en Ontario après la Confédération, 1868 (in French).
  • Learn more about The French Presence in Hearst
  • Read “Our francophone heritage,” by Karen Bachmann, to learn more about French settlement in northern Ontario – an article from Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2008 of Heritage Matters

Religion and faith

Some examples to explore from the Trust’s Places of Worship inventory include:

  • Read more about the Jesuits in Ontario
  • Jesuit Relations, Volumes 1, II and III
    • Canada: A People’s History (CBC)
      • Episode 2 – Adventurers and Mystics – 1540 to 1670
        • Champlain’s Gamble (24:50-34:06) – Tadoussac, furtrade, Champlain, founding of Quebec, scurvy
        • The Price of Friendship (34:06-41:04) – Montagnais and Algonquin, Iroquois cut off from trade, military alliances
        • A Frenchman in Huronia (41:04-48:17) – Étienne Brûlé with the Hurons, Champlain visits Huronia, Sagard vs. coureurs de boi
  • YouTube video – Notre-Dame de L'Assomption, 1767 (in French).
  • Learn about Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica ...

Language rights and education

  • More information about Regulation 17 …
  • YouTube video – “Le Règlement 17”, 1912 (in French).
  • Learn more about Jeanne Lajoie …
  • YouTube video – “Jeanne Lajoie (La pucelle de Pembroke),” 1923 (in French).
  • Read “Ontario’s Quiet Revolution,” by Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust – an article from the May 2012 edition of Heritage Matters entitled Understanding the French experience in Ontario

Expressions of culture and identity

  • YouTube video – “Le drapeau franco-ontarien”, 1975.
  • Read “Waving the flag: A conversation with Gaétan Gervais,” an article from the May 2012 edition of Heritage Matters entitled Understanding the French experience in Ontario
  • Learn more about The French Presence in Hearst …
  • YouTube video – View “100e anniversaire du journal Le Droit” (in French).
  • Learn more about Marie-Rose Turcot …
  • YouTube video – Learn more about the establishment of La television française de l’Ontario (TFO, in French).
  • Learn more about CFCL Radio …
  • Read “Arts and culture in francophone Ontario,” by Johanne Melançon, an article from the May 2012 special edition of Heritage Matters entitled Understanding the French experience in Ontario
  • YouTube video – “La coopérative des artistes du Nouvel Ontario (CANO),” 1971 (in French).
  • Read “Contemporary immigration of francophones to Ontario,” by Amal Madibbo and “Portrait of a growing diversity,” by Emanuel da Silva and Diane Farmer, articles from the May 2012 special edition of Heritage Matters entitled Understanding the French experience in Ontario

Notable women

  • Learn more about Jeanne Lajoie …
  • YouTube video – “Jeanne Lajoie (La pucelle de Pembroke),” 1923 (in French).
  • Learn more about Marie-Rose Turcot …
  • Read the full “Interview with Madeleine Meilleur,” an article from the May 2012 special edition of Heritage Matters entitled Understanding the French experience in Ontario