Introduction / History The French-Canadian people group arrived in Canada in the 1600s and 1700s from France, to create New France (Canada).
Where are they located? While in the mid-1800s they spread to other parts of North-America, they live primarily in Québec, Canada's French Province. French-Canadians who do live in Québec often refer to themselves as the Québécois.
What are their lives like? Their way of life is a combination of American and European influences. They enjoy an American style of life but culturally relate more to their French, European roots.
What are their beliefs? Up until the 60s and 70s, Québec was dominated by the Catholic Church. In fact, they controlled almost every domain of society (health care, education, religion and politics). However, in the 60s and 70s, the French Canadian people rebelled against the Catholic control and there was a mass exodus from the Church. Today there is a disdain for religion and especially Christianity. In fact, the worst swear words in Québec are words related to the Catholic Church.
What are their needs? Today there is a spiritual vacuum in Québec and many are open to talk about spiritual issues. The gospel needs to be preached in non-conventional ways with a clear distinction between Catholic religion and a personal relationship with Christ.
Prayer Points The French-Canadian people desperately need the gospel but are often overlooked because they live in North America. Pray for missionaries to come to Québec and for the next generation of Quebecers to be raised up to reach their own nation for Christ!
Québécois in Quebec; Franco-Ontarien in Ontario; Acadian in Caraquet; Shippagan on the east coast of New Brunswick, pockets in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; Franco-terreneuvien in Newfoundland. Some Québécois in Manitoba. (Source: Ethnologue 2016)