Sisters of Charity of Montreal Gray Nuns and Francophone Education

Soeurs Grises ou Soeurs de la Charité de MontréalCATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

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

LEGAL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1738
Location: Section 2, Township 57, Range 25, W 4 Meridian, Legal, AB
This school district was established December 14, 1907. The Soeurs Grises arrived in Legal in 1920 and opened a boarding school and a convent in 1923 (Couvent du Sacré-Coeur). The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 13 Soeurs Grises who taught in the Legal S.D. No. 1738 before 1940.

Soeur Arcand Educated in St. Albert and Legal, AB

  • Legal S.D. No. 173 (1938-1939)

Soeur Belley Educated at Legal, AB, attended the Calgary Normal School, AB

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1934-1939)

Soeur Blanchette Educated in Gaspésie, PQ, and studied with the Fidèles
Compagnes de Jésus, Lafond, AB

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1938)

*Soeur Corriveau

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1928)

*Soeur Costello

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1928)

Soeur Germaine Côté Studied with the Soeurs Grises, attended the Calgary Normal
School, AB

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1928-1933; 1937-1939) Principal (1928)

Soeur Grégoire Studied with the Soeurs de l’Assomption de Spencer, Mass., attended
the Calgary Normal School, AB

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1925-1936) Principal

Soeur Laforce Educated in Legal, AB, and at the Separate School 103e Street,
Edmonton, AB

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1937)

Soeur Langlois Studied with the Soeurs de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame, St. Jean
d’Iberville, PQ

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1930-1934) Superior

Soeur Lapointe B.A. Université de Montréal and in 1936 was preparing her M.A.

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1936-1938)

Soeur Lemire Studied with the Soeurs de Jésus-Marie, Gravelbourg, SK, and attended
Normal School in Saskatchewan.

Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1931-1938)

Soeur Marguerite Marie Côté

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1939) Principal

Soeur Métivier

  • Legal S.D. No. 1738 (1938-1939) Superior

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Vegreville Francophone Schools Before 1940

Sœur Charles de la ProvidenceCATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940

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

ST. MARTIN ROMAN CATHOLIC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 16
Location: Vegreville, AB
This school district was organized in 1906. The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 10 Soeurs de la Providence de St. Brieux who taught at St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 before 1940.

Soeur Adélaide
St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S. D. No. 16 (1907; 1938-1939)

Soeur Charles de la Providence

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1940) Superior
  • Also taught at Guy Roman Catholic Separate S.D. No. 30 (1932-1937)

Soeur Jean du Calvaire

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1936)

*Soeur Madeleine

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1907)

Soeur Marie de Bethleem

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1938-1940)

Soeur Marie-Théophane

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1938-1940)

Soeur St. Alain

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1937-1940)

*Soeur St. Léonard

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1907)

Soeur Ste. Agnès

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1936-1938)

Soeur Thérèse-Marie

  • St. Martin Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 16 (1937)

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Trochu Alberta Francophone Education

Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of EvronCATHOLIC WOMEN RELIGIOUS ORDERS (NUNS) WHO TAUGHT IN BILINGUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FRANCO-ALBERTAN COMMUNITIES BEFORE 1940
Soeurs de la Charité d’Évron (Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Evron)
PONTMAIN ROMAN CATHOLIC PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 20
Location:  Trochu, AB
This school district was organized in 1911.  The preliminary list in this section identifies the names of 4 Soeurs de la Charité d’Évron who taught in the Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 20 before 1940.
Soeur Albertine
  • Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S .D. No. 20 (1938-1941)
Soeur Marie-Alphonse
  • Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 20 (1936)
Soeur Marie-Gabriel
  • Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 20 (1912-1946) Principal
Soeur Marie-Louise
  • Pontmain Roman Catholic Public S.D. No. 20 (1937-1941)
  • Also taught at Bonnyville S.D. No. 25 (1934-1936)

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Francophone Publications: Écoles Bilingues de l’Alberta

Below is a summary of the published 1993 article written by Yvette Mahé.  A PDF version of the article has been posted below for your convenience.  Please observe the copyright notice, thank you.

Francophone Publications: Écoles Bilingues de l'AlbertaMahé, Yvette T. M. (1993) L’idéologie, le curriculum et les enseignants des écoles bilingues de l’Alberta, 1892-1992. The Canadian Modern Language Review/La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes, 49 (4), 687-703.

The abolition of the dual system of education in the North-west Territories in 1892 threatened the cultural survival of Alberta’s francophone population.  In order to counteract the anglo-conformity goals of the official program of studies and to give some legitimacy to their language and culture in the bilingual schools, the francophones developed a hidden curriculum.  This article describes how the ideological content of the hidden curriculum evolved as a result of changes in the laws governing the teaching of French and modifications made to the official program of studies.

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Francophone Teacher Shortages In Alberta

Below is a summary of the published 2002 article written by Yvette Mahé.  A PDF version of the article has been posted below for your convience.  Please observe the copyright notice, thank you.

French teacher shortages and cultural continuity in Alberta districts, 1892-1940Mahé, Yvette T.M. (2002) French teacher shortages and cultural continuity in Alberta districts, 1892-1940.  Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, 14 (2), 219-246.

Cultural continuity in French-speaking communities in Western Canada depended on qualified bilingual or French-speaking teachers who were willing to resist schooling that conformed to Anglo-Canadian goals.  However, as this paper will show, such nationalistic teachers were scarce due to assimilationist language laws, teacher training institutions, teacher certification policies, bilingual schooling and administrators’ practices, all of which had an impact on the creation and maintenance of bilingual teacher shortages before 1940.

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