Francophone Educators in Alberta 1989

Soeurs de l’Assomption de la Sainte-Vierge Marie de NicoletCATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Soeurs de l’Assomption de la Sainte-Vierge Marie de Nicolet
(Sisters of the Assumption of Holy Mary of Nicolet)

ARCTIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1989
Location: Section 4, Township 60, Range 9, W 4 Meridian, St. Vincent, AB
This school district was organized June 22, 1909. Its name was changed to St. Vincent S.D. 1989 in 1941. The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 14 Soeurs de l’Assomption who taught in the Arctic S.D. 1989 before 1940.

Soeur Agnès-de l’Eucharistie Diplôme Supérieur, École Normale de Nicolet, PQ

Soeur Albert-de-Marie

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1937-1942)

Soeur Celestin de Marie

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1929; 1939-1947)
  • Also taught at Wetaskiwin Mission (1910), and École Grandin, Edmonton (1935-1939)

Soeur Marthe du Sauveur Diplôme Supérieur du Bureau des Examinateurs
Catholiques de la Province de Québec

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1933-1937)
  • Also taught at Bonnyville S.D. No. 2665 (1938), and École Grandin, Edmonton (1943-1945)

*Soeur St. Lucien d’Italie

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1932-1934)

*Soeur Ste. Armel

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1931-1933)
  • Also taught at École Grandin, Edmonton (1945-1946)

Soeur Ste. Marguerite d’Écosse

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1931-1937) Principal (1934-1936)
  • Also taught at St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (1940)

*Soeur Ste. Marguerite de Jésus,

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1929-1931)
  • Also taught at Wetaskiwin Mission (1923-1929), St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (1936-1937), and École Grandin, Edmonton (1932-1935; 1939-1944)

Sœur Ste. Thérèse de Lisieux Diplôme Supérieur, École Normale de Nicolet, PQ
Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1942-1945; 1949-1952)
Also taught at St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (1936-1940; 1952)

*Soeur Ste. Antonine de Padua

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1929-1930)
  • Also taught at Bonnyville S.D. No. 2665 (1940) Principal, and École Grandin/Sacré Coeur, Edmonton (1927-1929; 1941-1946)

Soeur Ste. Claire de Rimini

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1938-1939)
  • Also taught at St. Paul SD. No. 2228 (1931-1936; 1940- )

Soeur Ste Gaétane

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1945-1948)
  • Also taught at St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (1931-1940)

Soeur Ste. Marguerite d’Écosse (Jeannet Macdonald)

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1931-1937) Principal (1934-1936)
  • Also taught at Wetaskiwin Mission (1926), and St. Paul School District No. 2228
  • (1940)

*Soeur Ste. Marguerite de Jésus,

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (1929-1931)
  • Also taught at St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (1936-1937), and Wetaskiwin Mission, (1926-1928)

Francophone Religious Order Teachers Filles de la Sagesse

Francophone Religious Order Teachers Filles de la SagesseCATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Filles de la Sagesse (Daughters of Wisdom)

NORTH RED DEER ROMAN CATHOLIC PUBLIC S. D. NO. 17

Location: Red Deer, AB

This school district was organized in 1908.  It was formerly referred to as Couvent Saint Joseph.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 10 Filles de la Sagesse who taught in the North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 before 1940.

Soeur Alfred

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S. D. No. 17 (1939-1940)

Soeur Charles-Marie de St. Joseph  Educated in Trois Rivières, Que.

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1934-1940)

Soeur Denise du St. Esprit  Educated in Ste. Agathe du Maine, USA

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1931-1940) Principal (1939)

Soeur Gabrielle de l’Eucharistie  Studied with the Srs. de Jésus-Marie in Montreal, PQ

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1931-1939)

Soeur Gabriella-Maria  Studied with the Filles de la Sagesse, Ottawa, ON

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1911-1940)

Sœur Maria Roy

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1915) Principal

Soeur Marie Aimée de Jésus

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1912)

Soeur M. Alexandre

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1939)

Soeur M. Cyrille de Jésus   Educated in a bilingual school in Sturgeon Falls, ON

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1916-1940)

Soeur Paul-Marie du S.-C.  Studied with the Filles de Jésus, Edmonton, AB

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (1936-1937)

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Francophone Religious Order Teachers Before 1940

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

THIBAULT ROMAN CATHOLIC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 35

Location:  Township. 55-56, Range 25, W 4 Meridian, Morinville, AB

This school district was organized in 1892.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 20 Filles de Jésus who taught in the Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 before 1940.

Soeur Alberte-Marie  Educated in Morinville, AB

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1932-1936)
  • Also taught at Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1937-1939), and Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1947-1957)

Soeur Anna Marie  Studied with the Filles de Jésus at Notre-Dame-du-Lac, PQ

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1938-1939)

Soeur Elisabeth de Jésus   Educated in France, went to Calgary Normal School, AB

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1936-1940)

Soeur Elisabeth de Marie (M. Morvan)

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1930-1935)
  • Also taught at Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1937-1942)

*Sœur Fabrunie

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1913)

Soeur Ludger   Educated at Diligence and Morinville, AB, and studied in France

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1935-1943)

*Soeur Marie Adeleine

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1904- ) Superior

Soeur Marie-Arthur  Educated in St.-Paul, AB, France and Morinville, AB

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1930-1943)

Soeur Marie du St. Sauveur   Educated in Morinville, AB

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1937-1943)
  • Also taught at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936)

Soeur Marie St. Amédée

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public School District No. 35 (1939-1940)

Soeur Marie Ste. Tharcienne (M.L. Bonneur)   Brevet élémentaire de France

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1936-1938)
  • Also taught at Couvent de Notre Dame, Morinville (1904-1938), and Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1946-1948)

Soeur Marie Solange de Jésus  Educated in Morinville, AB

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1939-1943)
  • Also taught at Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1957-1958)

*Soeur C. Rémillard

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1915-1920)

*Soeur Robert

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1932)

*Soeur St. Nicholas

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1904)

Soeur St.Vincent de Paul

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1909-1913)
  • Also taught at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936)

Soeur Ste .Lélia (Langlois)

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1937-1938)
  • Also taught at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1939-1940)

Soeur Marie Ste Winnifred (Helena Fortier)

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 3 (1912-1930)
  • Also taught at Couvent de Notre-Dame, Morinville (1936), Plamondon S.D.  No. 2696 (1936-1939), and Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1943-1946)

Sœur Ste.  Zélie

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1940)

*Soeur Vaugoix

  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1931)

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Francophone Religious Order Teachers

francophone religious teachersCATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

ST. MICHAEL’S ROMAN CATHOLIC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT No. 18

Location: Pincher Creek, A.B.

This school district was organized in 1909.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 9 Filles de Jésus who taught at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 before 1940.

Soeur M. Antonine de Jésus

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936-1940)

Soeur M. Bathilda

Soeur M. Colombane

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936)
  • Also taught at Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1939)

Soeur M. Luciana

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936-1940)

Soeur M. de St. Barnabé

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936-1940)

Soeur  Marie St. Osmanne (M.A. Guillemot)

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1939-1940)
  • Also taught at Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1936), and Mission de Lac la Biche (1937-1938)

Soeur Marie du St. Sauveur

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1937-1943)

Soeur St.Vincent de Paul

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1936)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1909-1913)

Soeur Ste. Lélia (Langlois)

  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public School District No. 18 (1939-1940)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1937-1938)

Part 5 of the Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus

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Francophone Nuns Before 1940

Franco-Albertan Catholic Women With Religious Orders before 1940CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

PLAMONDON SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2696

Location : Township 68, Range 16, W4 Meridian, Plamondon, AB

This school district was organized April 10, 1912.  The first teaching sisters arrived to teach at the Plamondon school in 1937.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 5 Filles de Jésus who taught for the Plamondon School District No. 2696 between 1937 and 1939.

Soeur Alberte-Marie (Germaine Boisvert)

  • Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1937-1939)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1932-1936), and Beaumont Catholic Public S.D.  No. 741 (1947-1957)

Sœur Marie-Colombane

  • Plamondon S.D.  No. 2696 (1939)
  • Also taught at Mission du Lac la Biche (1933-1939)

Sœur Marie-Jeanne de Jésus  Educated in Morinville, AB

  • Plamond S.D. No. 2696 (1938)
  • Also taught at Mission du Lac la Biche (1933-1939)

Sœur Marie Ste.Winnifred (Helena Fortier)

  • Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1937-1939)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1912-1930), Couvent Notre-Dame de Morinville (1936), and Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1943-1946)

Soeur T. Bourbonnais

  • Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1937)

See Part 4 on the Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus

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Francophone Women and Religious Orders Before 1940

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

illes de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)  Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

BEAUMONT CATHOLIC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 741

Location:  Section 27, Township 50, Range 24, W 4 Meridian, Beaumont, AB.

This school district was organized September 9, 1902.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 8 Filles de Jésus who taught in the Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 before 1940.

Soeur Alberta Marie (Germaine Boisvert)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1947-1957)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1932-1936), and Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1937-1939)
  • Soeur Elizabeth Marie (M. Morvan)
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1937-1942)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1930-1935)
  • Soeur Marie Solange de Jésus (Jeanne Jan)
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1957-1958)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1939-1943)
  • Soeur  Marie St. Osmanne (M.A. Guillemot)  Brevet élémentaire de France
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1936)
  • Also taught at Mission de Lac la Biche (1937-1938), and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (1939-1940)

Soeur  Marie Ste. Tharcienne (M.L. Bonneur)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1946-1948)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1936-1938), and Couvent de Notre Dame Morinville (1904-1938)

Soeur Marie Ste Winnifred (Helen Fortier)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1943-1946)
  • Also taught at Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (1912-1930), Couvent de Notre Dame, Morinville (1936), and Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (1936-1939)

Soeur R. Tellier (Rebecca Tellier)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1936)
  • Soeur Ste. Célina-Marie  Educated in Morinville, AB
  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (1932-1945)

Next: Part 3 of:  Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus

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Franco-Albertan Catholic Women With Religious Orders

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

Franco-Albertan Catholic Women With Religious Orders before 1940PART II

The list below provides links to 18 rural bilingual school districts in Alberta where 164 Catholic nuns belonging to 7 different religious orders taught school before 1940.

Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

  • Beaumont Catholic Public S.D. No. 741 (Beaumont, AB)
  • Plamondon S.D. No. 2696 (Plamondon, AB)
  • St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 18 (Pincher Creek, AB)
  • Thibault Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 35 (Morinville, AB)

Filles de la Sagesse (Daughters of Wisdom)

  • North Red Deer Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 17 (Red Deer, AB)

Soeurs de l’Assomption de la Sainte-Vierge Marie de Nicolet (Sisters of the Assumption of Holy Mary of Nicolet)

  • Arctic S.D. No. 1989 (St.Vincent, AB)
  • Bonnyville S.D. No. 2665 (Bonnyville, AB)
  • St. Paul S.D. No. 2228 (St. Paul, AB)

Sœurs de la Charité d’Évron (Sisters of Charity of our Lady of Evron)

  • Bonnyville S.D. No. 2665 (Bonnyville, AB)
  • Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 20 (Trochu, AB)

Sœurs de la Ste. Croix (Sisters of the Holy Cross)

  • Donnelly Consolidated S.D. No. 66 (Donnelly, AB)
  • Falher Consolidated S.D. No. 69 (Falher, AB)
  • Lafond S.D. No. 3304 (Lafond, AB)
  • St. Aubin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 24 (Chauvin, AB)
  • Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Separate S.D. No. 28 (Fort Kent, AB)

Sœurs de la Providence de St. Brieux (Daughters of Providence)

  • Guy Roman Catholic Separate S.D. No. 30 (Guy, AB)
  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (Vegreville, AB)

Sœurs Grises ou Soeurs de la Charité de Montréal (Grey Nuns or Sisters of Charity of Montreal)

  • Legal S.D. No. 847 (Legal, AB)

Next: Filles de Jésus ou Filles Compagnes de Jésus (Faithful Companions of Jesus) Part 1

Francophone Women in Religious Orders

CATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940: PART I

francophone women The linguistic and cultural survival of French Canadian communities in Western Canada depended on the establishment and maintenance of educational institutions such as colleges and convents.  The Catholic nuns played a major role in reinforcing the sense of French Canadian national identity in French-speaking communities.  Yet, the majority of the teaching sisters and their experiences remain unknown.  The purpose of this article is to identify the names of Catholic nuns who taught in bilingual school districts in Alberta before 1940.  Hopefully, this preliminary work could lead to further investigations on the lives and contributions of these women.

Data sources:  The Rev. Father Joseph Fortier, S.J., the “visiteur des écoles bilingues” inspected rural bilingual school districts in Alberta between 1934 and 1940.1 During that period he completed 390 inspection reports on lay and religious teachers.  His reports contain the names of 129 teaching sisters who taught in 18 different bilingual school districts.  From a study of other archival documents such as school district files, local histories, French newspapers, religious order publications and Chroniques I found the names of an additional 35 teaching sisters who also taught in these bilingual schools before 1940 (an * is placed before the names of these sisters).

The paucity of information on the 164 teaching sisters does not allow one to trace their career paths. However, there are indications that a few of them had long teaching careers in Alberta, and that there was mobility amongst the nuns whose orders had established convents in various Franco-Albertan communities.

The 164 teaching sisters belonged to the following 7 orders or congregations:

Note: This article has been broken up into several parts that will be linked together as each part is released.

References:

1.Mahé, Yvette T.M. (2001) Official and unofficial school inspection as hegemonic and counter-hegemonic struggle in Prairie Districts before 1940. Canadian Ethnic Studies/Études ethniques au Canada.  33 (2), 31-52.

Francophone Resources Saskatchewan

francophone resourcesRESOURCES – FRANCOPHONE HISTORY AND EDUCATION AND SASKATCHEWAN

Below you will find a short list  of online resources covering the history of communities established by French-speaking settlers in Saskatchewa.  Click here for Alberta and Manitoba.

  • THE HISTORY OF FRANCOPHONE EDUCATION IN SASKATCHEWAN

See Dr. Richard Julien’s CV.

http://www.usask.ca/education/people/julienr.htm#books

  • SOCIÉTÉ HISTORIQUE DE LA SASKATCHEWAN

The historical society site lists publications on Francophone history and education and provides links to other historical sites.

http://www.societehisto.com/

http://www.societehisto.com/livres_deja_publies_n108_t1446.html

  • ENCYCLOPÉDIE VIRTUELLE DES COMMUNAUTÉS FRANCOPHONES ET ACADIENNES DU CANADA

The site covers various topics on the history, culture, education, and contributions of Francophones in Saskatchewan

http://www.evcfa.ca/saskatchewan

  • THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SASKATCHEWAN

There is a section on French education in Saskatchewan.

http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/french_education_in_saskatchewan.html

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Francophone Resources Manitoba

francophone resourcesRESOURCES – FRANCOPHONE HISTORY AND EDUCATION IN MANITOBA

Below you will find a short list  of online resources covering the history of communities established by French-speaking settlers in Manitoba.  Click here for Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  • THE MANITOBA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

See article by Cornelius J. Jaenen, The French Presence in the West, 1734-1874.

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/mb_history/24/frenchpresence.shtml

  • LIBRARY, QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

Article by Rosa Bruno-Joffre, Manitoba Schooling in the Canadian Context and the

Building of a Polity: 1919 – 1971

https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/bitstream/1974/437/1/article%201%20newscan.pdf

  • FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY PROFILE OF MANITOBA

http://www.fcfa.ca/profils/documents/manitoba_en.pdf

  • CBC MANITOBA

Critical Masse.  Stories on the French in Manitoba.

http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/features/criticalmasse/

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