The beginning

When my sister Jeanne asked me to write a blog, I was honoured.  Me, who has always dreamt about writing… What a great opportunity!

 

So, here I am.  Where do I begin?  I have a bunch of ideas and subjects that involve fur, trapping, and many other subjects I would like to talk about, and yet, I feel that I must absolutely start with an incredible story; my story: The story of the Bergerons…and of the Greniers.

 

My mother Rita is the daughter of Albany Bergeron who, in 1934, took the train with his wife Rose to colonize Abitibi.  Albany was a fur trapper.  He is the one who taught the all the rudiments of trapping to my father Robert.  At that time, things were difficult and thanks to this activity, my father and grandfather were able to put bread & butter on the table.

 

But what I did not know, it is that the trade of trapper had been in my family for a long time.  Indeed, in 1758, the Acadians were attacked by the English at the St-Jean River located in New Brunswick. The exodus started then. Several families left through the woods in the spring of 1763. Not wanting to lose their language and their religion, Béliveau, Gaudet, Poirier, Bergeron, Bourque, Bercasse and Lamontagne were exiled to Quebec. The chief of this expedition, Michel Bergeron, daring hunter and coureur des bois, became the true hero of this story.

 

They lived off beavers, partridges and other animals which they surprised in the traps they set, because they had neither weapons nor ammunition… They reached Cacouna three days before All Saints’ Day, fearing that they would be unable to find refuge before the winter. The next spring, most of them continued their voyage by canoe to Saint-Gregoire where they settled close to a brook. Beavers were abundant!

 

How this knowledge, this instinct and this sensibility were able to live on for hundreds of years is beyond me.  We could say that the members of my family have been coureurs des bois since 1770!

 

I think back on my own memories and I remember Albany.  He was naturally calm and determined.  He knew how to be one with nature. Even though his most beautiful crown jewel is his Rose, I believe that he bequeathed the beaver as an emblem.

 

I am proud to be a Grenier…Bergeron.

 

Francine Grenier

 

We support La Ressource pour les personnes handicapées

We have decided to support La Ressource pour les personnes handicapées with this magnificent necklace by Caroline Néron to our web clients.

It is silver-plated and adorned with a Swarovski pearl. The chain length is 16 inches (can be elongated by 2 inches). The necklace is currently offered in our online boutique at a cost of $50, down from its regular price of $60. 100% of the proceeds of each sale are donated to La Ressource. Oh yes!! In purchasing this necklace you are making a $50 donation to La Resource.

How is this possible? All the necklaces have been pre-purchased by Agnico Eagle which has made the donation on your behalf.

Spoil yourself or a loved one generously!

 

Family Business

When you are in the manufacturing business in Abitibi, are as well a family-owned business in the fur industry, you quickly realize that you have not chosen an easy path.

In 1985, we paid out 6 weekly salaries, 5 of these to owners.

In November 2015, our accountable issues paychecks to 33 employees.

This proves that we have shown originality, perseverance, open-mindedness and a certain amount of leadership to have built this team in Barraute, a municipality of 2000 souls.

When we heard about a contest called Conciliation Travail-Famille, we believed that their criteria perfectly described our values. We therefore submitted our name for consideration for this prize.

It is with great pride that we at Fourrures Grenier accepted the beautiful trophy for this prize this 2nd of May passed.

I encourage you to watch a short video that details our business approach and values.