Saturday, 25 August 2012

Father Mathieu's dog team 1950's La Loche

Father Bertrand Mathieu and his dog team in 1955 La Loche. The Mission of La Loche included La Loche, Garson Lake, Descharme Lake, Turnor Lake, Bull's House and West La Loche. Visiting these small villages regularly was Father Mathieu's responsibility. (Photos from Canada Archives)
  •  Father Bertrand Mathieu o.m.i. (ordained in 1949) arrived in La Loche in 1950 and served until 1986.  .....History of La Loche

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

"The Great Portage" 1950's La Loche.

La Loche in the 1950's as shown in the writings of the missionaries and the students of the school.
In this issue of "The Great Portage" in 1959, a La Loche community newsletter: The church gets electricity. The school gets a new furnace. There is a plane crash in Garson Lake. There are weddings and births. There are TB clinics. A road is getting built to the village. (downloaded from:

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Ice fishing in Patuanak 1940's

Fishing  in winter  can  hardly  be  considered  a  sport.  It
is  rather  hard  work  which  deserves  better  than  an  8  cent
cheque  after  a  season  of  it." (written in 1947 by a student of Ile a la Crosse School)

Tanning moose hide in 1947

Last  summer  while  I  was
staying  at  Pachuanak  with my
father,  I  was  interested  in
watching  the  women  transform
a  moose's  hide  into  beaded
moccasins.  This  is  how  they
did  it."  (written in 1947 by a student of Ile a la Crosse School)

Beauval Residential School Yearbooks

View the complete 1968 yearbook at the following link.

1968 Beauval Residential School Yearbook

Residential Schools in Canada

Saturday, 18 August 2012

La Loche Education 1944

La Loche twins go to college as seminarians

August 1939: Joseph Montgrand, the twins Alfred and Jean-Marie and mother Augustine (Laliberte). The two boys studied to be oblates from 1939 to 1942.

Friday, 17 August 2012

A priest at Portage La Loche

 1908 Frank Crean Expedition photo of Portage La Loche  (coloured version).

Buffalo River, Saskatchewan 1908

Part of the Buffalo River series; This photo was mislabelled as having been taken in Buffalo Narrows.

Frank J. P. Crean's photos of Buffalo River (Dillon), Saskatchewan.
These were taken in September 1908. Dillon is on the western shore of Peter Pond  Lake. 
These five photos were all taken at the same location at Buffalo River. Buffalo River would later be known as Dillon (a name change took place after 1929).,_Saskatchewan