Alyssa R.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon/Stikine Regional Heritage Fair

Life in New France

New France was part of what we would call 'Quebec' today.  I have 3 different topics about some things that happened in New France: how it was discovered by Samuel de Champlain; the missionaries that came to New France, and the Seignurial System



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

The most interesting thing (to me) about my topic was the Seigneurial System. It was cool to find out that we today do almost the same thing as they did back then, because it was so long ago that they had to pay rent to live in these houses, to own land, and we still do that to this day. It’s amazing how to this day we do stuff that they did back then, decades ago.

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

New France was originally in Nova Scotia because Samuel de Champlain first landed there. After Champlain started travelling the land, he found a much more beautiful land in where we would call Québec today. He decided to call that place New France instead. The European’s thought that the first Nations that were in Canada (New France) had no religion and that they would ‘loose their way’ if they had no religion so they made the missionaries to show them about what Christianity was about, to help them.

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

They definitely didn’t have the technology that we do today, but much more things were harder for them compared to us, they had a much harder life because they had to work more to earn money to pay for more because they need to pay for food to feed their family’s, to survive. It was much harder to earn money back then, so they were really lucky.