The Cercles des jeunes naturalistes (CJN) is a non-profit organization which promotes the interpretation and discovery of natural sciences. Established by Brother Adrien Rivard in 1931, the movement was very popular and many groups are established throughout Quebec. In 1950, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame had 50 active groups that organized such activities as exhibits, contests, excursions and conferences.
Taffy is a mixture of sugar and molasses that is cooked, cooled and then pulled into ropes until it is a bright golden yellow. It is then cut into bite-sized pieces and placed in wrappers. The origin of this candy is not well known but legend has it that Marguerite Bourgeoys made it to attract children, among them, Amerindian children, whom she wanted to teach. Molasses taffy is traditionally connected to the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint of schoolchildren and young unmarried women, celebrated on November 25 in French Canada and by many Catholics throughout the world. The tradition continues and some religious Sisters and families still prepare this taffy today.