Pioneer Life in Upper Canada

Aboriginal Peoples Helping the Pioneers


     Because the settlers could not readily get cloth for new clothing and because the climate was so cold during the winter, many people began wearing the deerskin and other animal hide clothing that was made by the Aboriginal people.  The women used deer hides to make beautiful vests, jackets, pants, coats and shoes (moccasins).  Beads were sewn onto the leather to make the clothing very attractive.
     Many settlers waited for the Aboriginal people to come to their homes to trade for these lovely clothes.  Without their help, many settlers would have been very cold in the winter.  Animals were trapped and the fur was used to make warm, comfortable outer clothing.

Source: Long Ago Before I Was Born:
A Look At Life in Early Settler Times - A Unit for Grade 3