The French were one of the first groups of Europeans to live and explore western Canada. This was because of their interest in making money in the fur trade. Many of the French voyageurs, married First Nations women and their children were known as Métis.
French immigrants traveled from France to Canada.
The country of France and the surrounding countries.
From the 1850s until the North-West Rebellion in 1885, many small Métis communities came into existence. Some of these communities were on the old river routes of the fur trade, but most were widely scattered across the southern Prairies. Another wave of French-speaking immigrants came from Quebec, Europe, and the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At one point, the French and Métis population far outnumbered the English. By the 1930s, numerous settlements, communities, and churches had been founded in which French was spoken.
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This French family immigrated to Canada.