Oblates of Western Canada fonds, 1844-1948
1.6 m of textual records
The Oblates of Western Canada have been in existence since 1844
in response to a request from Bishop Provencher, Vicar Apostolic
of the Hudson's Bay and James Bay. The Oblates are congregations
within the Roman Catholic Church serving as religious communities.
The congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded in
Aix-en-Provence, France in 1815 and arrived in Canada in the 1841.
Since then the Oblates spread across Western Canada establishing
missions in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Their primary
goal was to evangelize and introduce Christianity to the native
people. During the settlement period of Western Canada, the work
of the Oblates expanded to include the establishment of schools,
colleges, hospitals, and other social institutions.
Acquired from L'Archives Oblates in 1981
The collection consists of photocopies of rare manuscripts, dictionaries,
grammars, vocabularies, and other studies dealing with several North
American Indian languages including the following: Algonquin; Cree;
Chipewyan; Saulteaux; Ojibwa; Assiniboine; Dakota; Siksika; and
Blackfoot. Included also are materials on Catherine Tegakouita (1656-1680)
and on the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The eleven rare books listed
in the register have been catalogued independently
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