My name is Louis Hébert and people say I am the first farmer in Canada. My crops provide me and family with just enough to eat. I settled in Québec in 1617. At the time, I was one of the few to settle permanently in New France. In 1620, one of my daughters had her first baby, the first French child born in New France!

Tricks of the Natives

To help us survive, we have borrowed a few tricks from the Native people. For example, we have started using bark canoes to travel on small rivers because they are light. We have also started using snowshoes for walking on snow. We even wear Native clothing like beaver skin mitts and moccasins. The rest of our clothes are like those of French people.

Building a farm

We have to do everything ourselves here. We have to build our own homes, clear our own land and grow our own fruits and vegetables. We have to use whatever money we save to buy tools and animals to run our farm. It’s a hard life, but my family and I are very happy!

Author: Alexandre Lanoix

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