|Buffalo Narrows in 1936|
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
The forts of Ile a la Crosse in 1820 by George Back. The HBC fort has a flag flying. The NWC fort is on the right.
Three Grey Nuns arrived at Ile a la Crosse in 1860 to staff the new school and hospital. (Sketch of Ile a la Crosse Mission as it may have looked like in circa 1860.)
Dene arriving at Ile a la Crosse 1898 to take part in a "mission". These "missions" were organized by the Oblates. A mission lasted from a few days to a few weeks and consisted of religious instruction, sermons, masses and processions. These missions were held several times a year until the 1950's. (photo credit John and Mary Hanson of Buffalo Narrows)
Ile a la Crosse in 1911 during the first visit of Bishop Ovide Charlebois. Charlebois was bishop of the new Apostolic Vicariate of Keewatin formed in 1910.
|Ile a la Crosse in 1914.|
|This Ile a la Crosse hospital burned in 1926.|
|Hospital of Ile a la Crosse 1939.|
|Mission of Ile a la Crosse in 1946.|
Monday, 5 December 2011
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
This photo from Canada Archives of Dene teepees and the Revillon Freres Post in La Loche was taken between June 30-July 2, 1918 by the Franklin Kitto Expedition. Franklin Kitto's men wanted to attend the services after stopping at the HBC post at West La Loche. Mr. Kitto worked for " Natural Resources Intelligence Branch" Ottawa. He writes the following description:
"at the Mission adjoining Revillon's post on the east side of the lake"
"Arriving at the Mission we found that a couple of priests from Lac la Plonge were conducting a series of services extending over a period of two weeks, and the Indians from the country-side to the extent of two or three hundred were gathered in attendance. Row after row of tepees lined the beach and clustered about the few wooden buildings of the post. The entire families had come from far and near bringing all their worldly possessions with them and the place was alive with children and dogs." ...link
Father Petitot visited a Dene teepee village at Portage La Loche in 1862.
This Dene tent village of 150 may have had 20 to 30 tents.
'canot du nord' This type of H.B.C. freighter canoe brought Governor Dallas to the Portage in 1862.
The people at the Portage in 1862:
More than 150 people were living on Lac La Loche in 1862.
They had houses at La Loche, West La Loche and scattered around the lake.
In 1862 most were gathered in tents at the Portage as they did every year to trade and to work with the brigades.
This year they awaited the visit of Bishop Grandin and the new governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
|Bike parade on Canada Day in La Loche|
The Dene spent the winters in caribou hunting camps north of the Clearwater River and returned every summer to the lakes south of the Clearwater. On Lac La Loche, Garson Lake, Turnor Lake, Peter Pond Lake, Churchill Lake and Lac Ile a la Crosse many Dene summer camps became permanent settlements. La Loche was
one of these summer camps.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
|Beauval Residential School in 1924. The boys dormitory was on the top floor.|
....see this school in 1908
The fire of 1927 in Beauval.
The epidemic of 1936 in Beauval.
Friday, 4 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
|Boreal forest in northern Saskatchewan (Lac La Loche)|
north of the Clearwater River and returned every summer to the lakes south of the Clearwater.
On Lac La Loche, Garson Lake, Turnor Lake, Peter Pond Lake, Churchill Lake and Lac Ile a la Crosse many Dene summer camps became permanent settlements. La Loche was one of these summer camps.
Swan Lake was the main winter hunting camp for the residents of La Loche in 1895.
It no longer exists and its location on Swan Lake (previously thought to be on Careen Lake) is unknown.
The location of Swan Lake has been found. See below.
Friday, 14 October 2011
"The greatest and most important of the brigades organized at Red River Settlement is that commonly know as the Portage La Loche Brigade. The chief objects of this organization are to convey inland the English manufactures intended for barter with the Indians in the remote and valuable districts of Athabasca and Mackenzie River...""Red river" by Hargrave 1871 (page 160)