The Huron And Algonquian Communities

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Along with the preservation of their autonomy, the First Nations women and communities did not want to convert to Christianity and the customs that came with it because they were attached to their traditions and did not want to give them up. The Huron and Algonquian communities maintained that they would not physically discipline their children because they feared that suicide would result from punishment. Therefore the Huron and Algonquian avoided discipline at all costs because nothing was more important to them than their children’s lives. The Jesuits also faced difficulty in conversion during disease epidemics. During the years of 1634-1637 the Huron experienced various epidemics of small pox and the influenza that resulted a 20% population loss. Again in 1639 the Huron underwent another disease epidemic of smallpox, which ended with a 40 to 60% population loss. Due to the French presence coinciding with the disease epidemics, the Huron and Algonquian associated the disease with the French. The Huron noticed that many of the Jesuits did not get sick or if they did they recovered, and therefore interpreted this as the Jesuits trying to kill the Huron population. The correlation between the French presence and the diseases lead to the First Nations people to resent the Jesuits and not want to associate with them. Father Jerome Lalemant, one of Le Jeune’s colleagues, acknowledged that the Huron’s were accurate in their observations that the Huron who maintained the

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