- February 23, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Juliette Champagne
It is a mature 32-year-old priest who decides to answer Bishop Grandin’s call for help for his Missions in the Canadian North-West in 1879. Already well set up in the Diocese of Nantes, it is with great generosity that this little giant of a man comes to work with the Indigenous people here, and finally chooses to work with the Métis who settled along the Battle River. His letters to his family in France, many of which were published in religious periodicals, tell of the opening of the territory, from the starvation of the natives, the Métis uprising in 1885, the coming of settlers and of the extraordinary hardships he had to surmount and of the great joys he had in his ministry and his life.
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