University of Alberta Press

Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate

Histories of the OMI Catholic missionary religious congregation in Canada

 

Series editor: Raymond J.A. Huel

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    Alexandre-Antonin Taché's career as a pioneer Oblate missionary and bishop coincided with some of the most momentous events in western Canadian history from the Red River Insurrection to the Manitoba schools question. Taché's zealous defense of French Catholic rights in the North West is indicative of the deep divisions in society concerning the extent of bilingualism and biculturalism in western Canada.
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    Catholic missionaries originally saw the Mackenzie River as the heart of a vast kingdom of souls to be gained for God, whatever the claims of any other power to sovereignty. The Dene did not share this view. Martha McCarthy balances Dene oral tradition with documentary sources to explore this important and difficult period in the developing relationships between Europeans and First Nations peoples in Canada.
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    Ce volume est le premier d'une série de livres qui traiteront des activités des Missionnaires Oblats de Marie Immaculé pendant ainsi que l'établissement et l'expansion de leur oeuvre missionnaire. Une publication conjointe avec Western Canadian Publishers.
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    Dr. McNally critically examines well over 150 years of Oblate and general Catholic history in Canada's western-most province with special emphasis on the Native people and Euro-Canadian settlers. It is the first survey history of the Catholic Church in British Columbia.
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    The Oblates followed the Hudson's Bay Company trade routes into western Canada. They believed ardently in the importance of bringing the gospel to natives of what-to the Oblate-was a new land. This study sheds new light on the complex intersections among cultures, religions and individuals.