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Memorable Manitobans: Georges Dugas (1833-1928)

Cleric, author.

He wrote Western Canadian history from the French Canadian point of view. His works were sometimes in opposition to the Anglo-Canadian point of view put forward by George Bryce and others. He was born in Lower Canada, at St. Jacques de l’Achigan and studied at L’Assomption College.

He was ordained in 1862, coming to Red River as a missionary in 1866. He was, therefore, a witness to and an actor in the resistance of Louis Riel. He wrote the history of the events of 1869-70 from the Metis point of view. His attitude toward the aboriginal people of the prairies was not complementary. In a Transaction that he wrote for the Manitoba Historical Society in 1901, he refers to them as people who “must be ruled by fear just as we tame wild animals by exerting that power.” Georges Dugas’ younger brother Francois Dugas was also a priest and came to St. Boniface in 1889 where he served as Vicar General and cure of the Cathedral.

George Dugas remained in Manitoba until 1888, when he returned to Quebec to Ste. Anne des Plaines.

He is commemorated by Rue Dugas in Winnipeg.

See also:

 

See also:

Dugas, G., Mgr. Provencher et les missions de la riviere Rouge, 1889.

Dugas, G. L’Ouest canadien, 1896.

Dugas, G., L’Histoire de l’Ouest canadien de 1822 a 1869. 1906.

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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2012

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