Jack A.

Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador


My Acadian Ancestry

My project is a brief summary of Acadian history in Canada and how my 7th times great-grandfather, Michel Hache Gallant, became the first Acadian to settle in Prince Edward Island. I also profile my own ancestry by tracing my family tree back to Michel Hache Gallant.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned the hardships presented to the Acadian as they tried to find a home in Canada. I found out about the importance of Michel Hache Gallant. I also found out how I am directly related to an important Acadian figure.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I want other Canadians to understand the important connection that Acadians have to the maritime provinces. I also want them to value the Acadian heritage and remember that the Acadian Expulsion is important in Canadian history.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life is much simpler than the early Acadian life. They had to make all of the necessities themselves. A man actually had to be able to make a wheel in order to be considered for marriage. Farming and fishing became a way of life to sustain the families.