André Lasnier

Who was the first Métis child born in Canada?

Who was the first Métis child born in Canada? According to the baptismal register below, André Lasnier, son of Louis Lasnier and a Canadian, was the first registered child born of the union of a European and a native in Canada. The child was twelve years old when he was baptized in France. The text below, taken from the Yarmouth Vandguard website and the copy of the baptismal record itself, confirms the existence of this Métis child, possibly the first recorded in Canada.

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NOTE: The information below is taken from the Canadian Museum website. It was originally published in the Yarmouth Vanguard Journal, Tuesday May 23, 1989.

The document reads: “On December 27, 1632, was baptized André Lasnier, born in Canada, on the Acadian coast, in Port-LaTour, son of Louis Lasnier, originally from Dieppe and a Canadian, baptized conditionally, He had not yet been baptized, he was about 12 years old, his godfather was Arnaud Dumas ... and his godmother was Jeanne Ferrand.

Les parrains ont signé le document. Ils ne sont pas inconnus dans l'histoire de l'Acadie, surtout en ce qui concerne Charles de La Tour. Arnaud Dumas était un marchand éminent à Libourne et l'un des membres de la Compagnie de la Nouvelle-France, fondée en 1627 pour le développement du Canada par le cardinal Richelieu, premier ministre de la France. Il semble que Charles de LaTour, qui avait fait ce voyage en France, se rendit directement chez lui à son arrivée, cherchant du secours pour l'Acadie, dont il était gouverneur.

Some learned scholars may object that André Lasnier was not necessarily the first child of European blood born in Canada, outside of Newfoundland. It has been written that Louis Hébert, apothecary, who was in Acadia continuously from 1606 to 1613, had a child at Port-Royal (Annapolis) in 1606; or that his wife came in 1610. The fact is that his wife first came to Canada in 1617 with the only three children Louis Hébert ever bore him.

In Quebec, in his historical domain, it was said that one of his first daughters, Hélène Desportes, was born between 1619 and 1621; the fact is that it is unlikely that his parents still arrived in Quebec in 1619.

Port LaTour still holds the title of having witnessed the birth of the first child born in Canada with European blood outside of Newfoundland.