Identification of Bilingual School Districts

Below is a summary of the published 1989 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.

Mahé, Yvette T.M. (1989) School districts established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta: 1885-1939.Mahé, Yvette T.M. (1989) School districts established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta: 1885-1939. Vol. I: “Identification of bilingual school districts.”  Edmonton, Alta.: Faculté Saint-Jean, l’Université de l’Alberta, 171 pp.

This book identifies the geographic location of approximately 118 school districts (bilingual school districts) established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta between 1885 and 1939.  A school district generally consisted of a one room school under the tutelage of one teacher, and was administered by three elected school trustees. The information in this book explains what happened to these districts during the period of school consolidation (1930-1940’s), and lists the names of the school trustees and teachers who served in these districts.  Data sources consulted for the identification of each district are provided.

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Francophone Publications: School Districts Established by French-Speaking Settlers

Below is a summary of the published 1991 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.

Mahé, Yvette T.M. (1991) School districts established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta: 1885-1939. Volume II: “The teachers.”  Edmonton, Alta.: Faculté Saint-Jean, l’Université de l’Alberta, 65 pp.

School districts established by French-speaking settlers in Alberta: 1885-1939A preliminary reference book which lists the names of 452 lay teachers (316 females, 116 males, 20 unknown)  who taught in the approximately 118 school districts registered by French-speaking settlers in Alberta between 1885-1939.  The data shows that a number of teachers taught in more than one bilingual school district over the years.  On-going research projects include the identification of members of religious congregations who taught in bilingual school districts, and developing profiles or stories on a number of teachers.

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