Fonds MS 23 - St. Eugene Mission fonds

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St. Eugene Mission fonds

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  • photocopied 1983 (Creation)
    St. Eugene Mission

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6 cm of textual records

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St. Eugene Mission, located north of Cranbrook, B.C., in the St. Mary's Valley was established in 1874 and devoted its time to the religious training and social welfare of the Kootenay Indians or Ktunaxa. After establishing the mission, Father Fouquet was succeeded by Father Nicolas Coccola, who remained until 1905. Through Coccola's encouragement, Pierre, a Ktunaxa, discovered the St. Eugene claim at Moyie, B.C., in 1894, the revenue from which was used to erect a Church at the Mission in 1898. The Indian Industrial School was founded in 1890 by Fr. Coccola. The Sisters of Providence taught in the school until 1929, and in 1936 the Sisters of Charity of Halifax arrived, and remained until 1970 when the St. Eugene Mission was closed. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were stationed at St. Eugene Mission, devoting their time to various Kootenay communities and Ktunaxa reserves.

Custodial history

The records were given to Notre Dame University (Nelson, B.C.) in 1970 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. When David Thompson University Centre (successor to Notre Dame University) closed in 1983, the records were sent to Fort Steele for copying.

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Fonds consists of textual records of St. Eugene Mission from 1908-1970. Includes history, diaries, correspondence, financial records, Ktunaxa census lists, reports, programs, building specifications, clippings, and ephemera.

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MS 23

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Fort Steele Heritage Town Archives

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Created 15 January 2011.
Revised by BCANS Coordinator 20 January 2011.

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