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The Mission of the Immaculate Conception 1849

The Mission of the Immaculate Conception 1849

Photo by contributor Thomas William Kirkbride - Posted March, 2006

The Mission of the Immaculate Conception 1849

Photo by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted August, 2012

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
On Mission Road about .5 km south of City Road
on the lawn in front of St. Anne's Church
at Fort William First Nation


Coordinates: N 48 21.184 W 89 15.957

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Plaque Text

In 1849 two priests of the Society of Jesus, Father Jean-Pierre Choné and Father Nicholas Frémiot, established the Mission of the Immaculate Conception on the Kaministiquia River. From there the Jesuits travelled the north shore of Lake Superior on missionary journeys. They also supported Ojibwa demands for compensation for Indian lands acquired by the Crown in the region. Within five years the Mission, centred in an Indian village of about 30 dwellings, had a large church, a day school, and numerous outbuildings. Four Sisters of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary arrived at the Mission in 1870 to teach and establish an orphanage. By 1908 the Mission had moved to sites located on this reserve.

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