French Canadian

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French (native language), English (as a second language).

Primarily Roman Catholic

French, Québécois, Acadians, Cajun, Métis, French-speaking Quebecer, Franco-Ontarian, Franco-Manitoban, French American, Brayon

French Canadian (also Canadien in Canadian English or in French, or Canadien français in French) generally refers to French colonists who arrived in New France (Canada) in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, French Canadians constitute the main French-speaking population of Canada.

During the mid-18th century, Canadian colonists born in French Canada expanded across North America and colonized various regions, cities, and towns.[1] Today, the majority of French Canadians live across North America, including the United States and Canada. The province of Quebec has the largest population of French Canadian descent, although smaller communities of French Canadians exist throughout Canada and in the American region of New England, where between 1840 and 1930, roughly 900,000 French Canadians emigrated to the United States and New England, in particular.[2]

The majority of French Canadians that continue to reside in the province of Quebec, call themselves Québécois (Quebeckers) rather than French Canadian. French Canadians constitute the second largest ethnic group in Canada, after English Canadians and before Scottish Canadians and Irish Canadians.[3]

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