My Roots

Last night my mother visited my wife and me. She and I got talking about our roots, where we’re from. We thought we might have some Metis blood is us a few generations back–and we’re still not sure. But upon looking online, we found that we were able to trace our roots back sixteen generations to Barnabe Gagnon, a man who lived in France in the mid-1500s. We learned that our family arrived in New France not long after Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec in 1508. At the time, my ancestors would have been one of about 500 French settlers in New France. It made me feel so connected to other people, to the history of Canada, and to my immediate family. If only all people could have such an experience.

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