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Memorable Manitobans: Adrien Gabriel Morice (1859-1938)

Missionary, historian.

Born at Brittany, France in 1859, he joined the Oblates in 1879 and came to British Columbia in 1880 to serve as a missionary to Indigenous peoples. He spent much time in the Chilcotin district, compiling maps and creating an syllabary for the Dene peoples. In later life he retired to St. Boniface and wrote a number of historical works, including History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia (1904), Dictionnaire historique des Canadiens et des Métis français de l’Ouest (1908), History of the Catholic Church in Western Canada (2 volumes, 1910), and A Critical History of the Red River Insurrection (1935). He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 21 April 1938 and was buried in the private cemetery of the Oblate Order.

See also:

Father Morice by T. O’Hagan (1928).


“Historian priest succumbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1938. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2020

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