From the Great River to the Ends of the Earth: Oblate Missions to the Dene, 1847-1921

From the Great River to the Ends of the Earth: Oblate Missions to the Dene, 1847-1921

From the Great River to the Ends of the Earth: Oblate Missions to the Dene, 1847-1921

From the Great River to the Ends of the Earth: Oblate Missions to the Dene, 1847-1921

Synopsis

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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The Western Oblate History Project was established to prepare a series of critical studies dealing with the history of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the western and northern regions of Canada. in the interests of impartiality and objectivity it was decided that the Project would limit itself to identifying major research areas and allow independent scholars complete freedom with respect co methodology and the interpretation of their data. These three research areas were: (1) studies analyzing the establishment, expansion and administration of the Congregation in the Canadian North West; (2) thematic studies; and (3) biographical studies.

Martha McCarthy's study encompasses two of these three research areas. To begin with, it is a history of the establishment, expansion and consolidation of the Oblate missionary activity in the Mackenzie Basin. in addition . . .

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