Teachers' Notes for Jean Talon Does a Count
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Historical Census: Life in New France
You may wish to use the Jean Talon material as interesting
background for the idea of a census, or you may wish to spend more time
with students interpreting the data he collected.
Jean Talon started a process in Canada that people still
follow today: when we want to find out what life is like in a community,
one way we can do this is to count things that we think are important.
It's quite a different way of telling a story from a winter
count, and it's another way of painting a picture for others. Here
are some suggestions:
- Look at the kinds of things Talon decided to count.
What can you about what life was like in early Canada from his charts?
- What questions do you have about these people and how
they lived when you explore what Talon decided to count?
Role Playing Jean Talon on the Statistics Canada site
- Write a story, a diary or an exchange of letters between
New France and Europe