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The green tents are winter hunting camps. The yellow houses represents villages. The blue line is the estimated hunting territory of the La Loche Mission villages of 1895.
Father Bertrand Mathieu
(photo from SHSB) Father Mathieu in 1954
Dene Speaking Priests
Father Jean-Marie Penard, Father Pioget, Father Ducharme, Father Bourbonnais and Father Bertrand Mathieu all spoke Dene.
Their sermons were in the Dene language.
In 1975 a minor mistake in pronunciation or inflection by Father Matthieu in his sermon brought chuckles to the
congregation and was talked about for days in the village.
The top floor had low ceilings with a few bedrooms and a tiny bathroom. There was a room in the attic.
The bottom floor had the kitchen and a large room used for meetings, catechism classes etc.
It also had low ceilings.
The dark basement was used for storage.
Hop vines covered the balcony in the summer.
A modern rectory now stands on this site.
(photo from omilacombe 2009)