This book tells the story of my parents Leon and Dorothy Beaujot, our lives on a family farm in Saskatchewan (1945-1985), their retirement (1985-2014), and the stories of their parents who arrived in Canada from Belgium and France over the period 1892 to 1911: Félicien and Bertheline Beaujot and Paul and Julienne Mullie.
After a discussion of the conditions that allowed for European settlement in Western Canada, I summarize the history of the community of Saint Hubert in Southeastern Saskatchewan, where my grandparents lived their lives and my parents were married (1945) and are buried (2014). Originally called “La Rolanderie,” this settlement was established in the mid-1880s by “French counts” who sought to start a new life on the prairies of what was then Canada’s North West. While the aristocrats soon returned to Europe, they and others who came at that time built a vibrant community based on religion, language and assistance across neighbours. This is also the story of a community that has since disappeared, with only an empty church and cemeteries remaining.
This story of my parents and grandparents shows how life changed on family farms: shelter and food, earning a living, family and community. Family farming underwent much change, from horse and buggy days to increasing specialization and mechanization in agriculture. In the horse and buggy days, the garden, farm animals and the natural environment provided for much of household consumption. The family was the basis of market production: grains, livestock, cream, eggs. Over time, the family specialized in dry grains. As of the early 1980s, they had abandoned the practice of summer fallow. In 1981, an air seeder was purchased, allowing for single-pass minimum till continuous cropping, and anticipating the no-till operations that two of their sons would develop.
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B.A. Collège Mathieu (University of Ottawa), 1967
B.A. University of Alberta, 1970
M.A. in Sociology, University of Alberta, 1972
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Alberta, 1975
With a PhD in Sociology from University of Alberta (1975), Roderic Beaujot was Demographer at Statistics Canada (1974-76) and has since been at the University of Western Ontario. Since 2011, he is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, member of the Centre for Population, Aging and Health, and Past Director of the Research Data Centre at Western.
He is Principal Investigator for Population Change and Lifecourse, a Strategic Knowledge Cluster funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Past Chair of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Demographic Statistics and Studies.
He has been President of the Canadian Population Society (2000-02) and the Federation of Canadian Demographers (1987-90). He was a member of the Canadian Delegation at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994).
Beaujot’s research interests include the evolving demographics of Canada and implications for social policy in areas of family, health, labour force, pensions, education, and social security.
As President of the Federation of Canadian Demographers, Beaujot led the 1989 bid to hold the 1993 IUSSP Congress in Montreal. He was organizer of sessions on "Causes of Low Fertility" (2005), and "Childlessness" (2013). He also helped fund and organize the IUSSP Distinguished Lecture Series at the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), including publishing a summary which appeared in Canadian Studies in Population 23(1): 69-98 (1996).
Languages: English and French
Countries of Professional Experience: Canada, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Mali.
- Visiting Scholar, Demographic Unit, Stockholm University, Summer of 1997
- Visiting Scholar, Office National de Planning Familial et de la Population, Tunisia, 1982-83.
- Summer Intern, The Population Council, Summer of 1973.
- Research assistant, Institut National de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée, Morocco, Summer, 1971.
Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
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(2016) Population Change in Canada , (with Don Kerr) (3rd ed.) Oxford University Press.
(2017) "Gender Inequality in the Family Setting" (with Jianye Liu and Zenaida Ravanera) Chapter 16 in Edward Grabb, Jeffrey Reitz, Monica Hwang, Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage , 6th edition Oxford University Press Canada.
(2015) "Aboriginal Demography" (with Don Kerr) pp 179-208 in David Long and Olive Patricia Dickason (eds.) Visions of the Heart: Canadian Aboriginal Issues 4th ed. Oxford University Press.
(2013) "Population and immigration policy" (with Muhammad Munib Raza) pp.129-162 in P. James and M. Kasoff (eds.) Canadian Studies in the New Millenium 2nd ed. University of Toronto Press.
(2011) "Families" pp 228-256 in J. White, T. Hewitt, and J. Teevan (eds.) Introduction to Sociology: A Canadian focus 10th ed. Pearson.
(2010) "Childlessness and socio-economic characteristics: What does the Canadian 2006 General Social Survey tell us? (with Zenaida Ravanera) in L. Tepperman (ed.) Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives Oxford University Press.
(2010) "Low income status by population groups, 1961-2001" (with Jianye Liu and Don Kerr) in B. Edmonston and E. Fong (eds.) The Changing Canadian Population McGill-Queen's University Press.
(2010) "Children and youth in Canada: Recent demographic changes" (with Jianye Liu and Don Kerr) in B. Edmonston and E. Fong (eds.) The Changing Canadian Population McGill-Queen's University Press.
Refereed Journal Publications:
(2016) "Introduction: Comparative demography of Australia and Canada" (with Peter McDonald) Canadian Studies in Population 43(1-2):1-4.
(2014) "Why do we still need a census?" Comment in The Canadian Geographer.
(2014) "Childlessness of men in Canada: Result of a waiting game in a changing family context" (with Zenaida Ravanera) Canadian Studies in Population 41(1-2):38-60.
(2013) "Family policies in Quebec and the rest of Canada: Implications for fertility, child care, women’s paid work and child development indicators" (with Ching Du and Zenaida Ravanera) Canadian Public Policy 39(2): 221-239.
(2013) "Social capital and economic integration of visible minority immigrants in Canada" (with Muhammad Raza and Gebremariam Woldemicael) International Migration and Integration 14(2):263-285.
(2012) "Fertility behavior of immigrants in Canada: Converging trends" (with Gebremariam Woldemicael) International Migration and Integration 13(3):325-341
(2011) "Currently Married Women with an Unmet Need for Contraception in Eritrea: Profile and Determinants" (with Gebremariam Woldemicael) Canadian Studies in Population 38(1-2): 61-81.
(2015) World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century, edited by W. Lutz, W.P. Butz and Samier KC, reviewed in Canadian Studies in Population 42(3/4): 163-64.
(2015) Les théories de la migration reviewed in Canadian Studies in Population 42(1-2): 165-6.
(2012) Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Policies and Politics reviewed in Canadian Public Policy 38(3): 443-444.
(2012) International Handbook of Population Aging reviewed in Canadian Studies in Population 39(1-2): 145-147.
(2011) Dividing the Domestic: Men, Women and Household Work in Cross-national Perspective reviewed in Canadian Journal of Sociology 36(1): 103-105.
(2011) Life in the Afternoon by Lyndsay Green. Response in The Literary Review of Canada March 2011.
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Professor Beaujot's research interests include evolving demographics (fertility, mortality, immigration, internal migration, aging, regional distribution) and implications for social policy in areas such as health, family, labour force, language, multiculturalism, equal opportunity, pensions, education, and social security.
On fertility, his research interest include questions of gender and families, especially the earning and caring activities over the life course as seen in the division of paid and unpaid work, and how these form the context through which to interpret childbearing behaviour.
Dr. Beaujot holds a SSHRC research grant with Zenaida Ravanera and Jianye Liu on “Vulnerable families and individuals: risk and resilience over the adult life course”
Population Change and Lifecourse Principal Investigator with Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Byron Spencer, Céline Le Bourdais, Kevin McQuillan, Paul Bernard, Susan McDaniel, Zheng Wu and Partners Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Health Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Policy Research Initiative, SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant
Beaujot, Roderic and Zenaida Ravanera, 2015, Population Change and Life Course: Taking Stock and Looking to the Future . PCLC Discussion Paper Vol 3, Issue 1(8).
Family Change and Social Cohesion in a Globalizing Era
Vulnerable families and individuals: Risk and resilience over the adult life course Roderic Beaujot, Zenaida Ravanera and Jianye Liu, SSHRC Research Grant
Family, Community and Health in the Context of Economic Change
The population of Canada
(2016) Kerr, Don and Roderic Beaujot, Population Change in Canada , 3rd Edition, Toronto: Oxford.
(2015) Kerr, Don and Roderic Beaujot, 2015 Aboriginal Demography," pp. 179-208 in David Long and Olive Patricia Dickason (eds) Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving Aboriginal Peoples in Canada , Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
(2010) Beaujot, Roderic and Juyan Wang, "Low fertility in Canada: The Nordic model in Quebec and the U.S. model in Alberta" Canadian Studies in Population 37(3-4): 411-443.
(2002) "Projecting the future of Canada’s population: assumptions, implications, and policy" Presidential Address to the Canadian Population Society, Toronto, May 2002. Published in Canadian Studies in Population 30(1): 1-28.
(2000) "Les deux transitions démographiques du Québec, 1860-1996" Cahiers Québécois de Démographie 29(2): 201-230.
Immigration and the population of Canada
(2013) Beaujot, Roderic and Muhammad Munib Raza, "Population and immigration policy" pp. 129-162 in P. James and M. Kasoff (eds) Canadian Studies in the New Millennium Second Edition , Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
(2013) "Immigration and the population of Canada: The role of policy" Colloquium of the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, Western University, 26 September 2013.
Family change: earning and caring
(2015) Beaujot, Roderic, Jianye Liu and Zenaida Ravanera, The converging gender trends in earing and caring in Canada Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series 3(3): Article 2.
(2013) Beaujot, Roderic, Ching Du and Zenaida Ravanera, "Family policies in Quebec and the rest of Canada: Implications for fertility, child care, women’s paid work and child development indicators" Canadian Public Policy 39(2): 221-239.
(2013) Beaujot, Roderic, Jianye Liu and Zenaida Ravanera, "Family diversity and inequality: the Canadian case" Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series 1(1): Article 7.
(2005) Roderic Beaujot and Jianye Liu, "Models of time use in paid and unpaid work" Journal of Family Issues 26: 924-946.
(2005) Beaujot, Roderic, Zenaida Ravanera and Thomas Burch, "Toward a HRSD (Human Resources and Social Development) Family Research Framework" Lead Paper at Social Development Canada Expert Roundtable on Challenges for Canadian Families, Ottawa, 1-2 December 2005.
(2002) "Earning and caring" Porter Lecture at the meetings of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Toronto, May 2002.
(2000) Earning and Caring in Canadian Families Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
(2015) Beaujot, Roderic, Jianye Liu and Zenaida Ravanera, "Gender inequality in the family setting." Paper presented at Federation of Canadian Demographers Conference, University of Ottawa, 4-5 June 2015.
(2015) Liu, Jianye, Juyan Wang, Roderic Beaujot and Zenaida Ravanera, "The propensity to live alone in Canada: A longitudinal perspective." Paper presented at Canadian Population Society Annual Meeting, University of Ottawa, 3-4 June 2015.
(2013) Beaujot, Roderic. "A populous now: Aging of the future will be different from aging of the past." Presentation to Plenary II: A Populous Now, 2013 ACPM National Conference on The retirement challenge: bridging the generations , Association of Canadian Pension Management, September 10-12, 2013, Ottawa.
(2013) Beaujot, Roderic, Jianye Liu and Zenaida Ravanera. " The health status of persons with stress in Canada: The role of individual network". Paper presented by Jianye Liu at Session on Social networks and demographic outcomes, International Population Conference, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Busan, Korea, 26-31 August 2013.
(2013) Ravanera, Zenaida, Fernando Rajulton and Roderic Beaujot, "Men living alone at midlife: Do previous family life events make a difference?" Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Population Society, Victoria, June 2013.
(2012) Beaujot, Roderic "Why do we still need a census? Paper presented at Panel on Why do we still need a census." Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Waterloo, 29 May 2012.
(2011) Beaujot, Roderic. "The future of population studies in Canada." Panel presentation at meetings of the Canadian Population Society, Fredericton, 31 May – 2 June 2011
(2011) Beaujot, Roderic. "Les politiques familiales: le Québec et le reste du Canada." Paper presented at Symposium on La politique québécoise des services de garde: oû en sommes- nous 13 ans plus tard? Sherbrooke, 10 May 2011
(2011) Beaujot, Roderic and Muhammad Munib Raza. "Immigration and the population of Canada: The 2000-2010 decade in historical context." Poster presented at Taking Stock of a Turbulent Decade and Looking Ahead: Immigration to North America 2000-2010, 28-30 April 2011, London, Ontario.
Research Network Participation
Academic Director, University of Western Ontario Research Data Centre, 2004-2014.
Chair, Advisory Committee on Demographic Statistics and Studies, Statistics Canada, 1994-2016, member for 1992-2016.
Executive Committee, Canadian Research Data Centre Network, 2010-2014.
Member, Institut de Statistique du Québec, Comité consultatif sur les statistiques démographiques et sociales, 2006-2013.
PhD Theses (last ten)
Muhammad Raza, Social and Human Capital: The Determinants of Economic Integration of South Asian Immigrants in Canada Supervisors: Teresa Abada and Roderic Beaujot.
Ching Jiangqin Du, The Transformation of Conjugal Partnerships: Union Transitions and Trajectories in Canada
Mehmet Aysan, Welfare Regimes: The Welfare of the Old in Comparative Perspective
Rozzet Jurdi, Contraceptive Dynamics in Three Arab Countries: Progress and Challenges in Promoting Women's Reproductive Health.
Daniel Sahleyesus Telake, Fertility Transition in Ethiopia: A Focus on Urban Fertility and the Urban-Rural Differences.
Jenna Hennebry, Globalization and the Mexican-Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program: Power, Racialization and Transnationalism in Temporary Migration.
Walter Omariba, Levels, Trends and Correlates of Child Mortality in Kenya: An Exploration into the Phenomenon of Death Clustering.
Judy Lynn Richards, Demographic Correlates, Social Relations, and Norms as Determinants of Availability of Adult Children as Potential, Instrumental, and Basic-and-Instrumental Care Providers.
Ayse Hosgor, Development and Women's Employment Status: Evidence from the Turkish Republic 1923-1990.
John Zhao, Leaving Parental Homes in Canada: An Examination of Gender, Family and Culture.
MA Theses (last ten)
Melissa Moyser, Why Are Canadians Having Children?
Yimin Lou, What Happens to the 'Healthy Immigrant Effect': The Mental Health of Immigrants to Canada.
Henry Yeboah, Adolescent Employment: Determinants and Implications.
Eric Tenkorang, Family Structure and Child Outcomes: A Longitudinal Study of Sexual Behaviour of Canadian Adolescents.
Jessica Wilson, Elderly Canadians and Supportive Exchange Relationships.
Sabrina Musilli, Educational Homogamy and Marital Satisfaction.
Haider Mannan, Determinants of Contraceptive Usage and Method Choice in Bangladesh.
Martin Cooke, On Leaving Home: Return and Circular Migration Between First Nations and Prairie Cities.
Darcy Hango, Childhood Residential Mobility and Educational Attainment in Canada.
Seth McFarlane, Work-Family Conflict: Determinants of the Domestic Division of Labour.