I used to read the Underground to Canada book in January and February to Grade 5. It tied in with February as Black History Month. One of my favourite "deep thinking" books. Students seem to have remarkable insights every time I read this one.
Father Jacques Marquette with Indians. The Jesuits became involved in the Huron mission in 1626 and lived among the Huron peoples. Father Brebeuf learned the native language and created the first Huron language dictionary. Due to outside conflicts, though, the Jesuits were forced to leave all of New France and their efforts as Quebec was captured by the Kirke brothers under the English flag. Jesuits were back in Huronia by 1634
NorthWest Mountie & Metis man, painting by Arnold Friberg
James Doohan was to gain fame as Scotty on Star Trek. But on the outbreak of War in 1939 he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery serving as a lieutenant in 13th Field Regiment in the U.K. He landed on D-Day at Juno beach where late in the day he was seriously wounded being hit four times in a friendly fire incident. Evacuated to the U.K, on recovery he trained as an AOP pilot, and served as an artillery spotter from 1945 to the wars end flying Austers..