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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Paupenakis (1840-1911)


He was born at Norway House. His father was a Swampy Cree hunter who joined James Evans’s Methodist mission in the early 1840s and became a church leader. Edward worked for the Hudson's Bay Company before joining Rev. John Semmens at Norway House as an interpreter in 1874. He accompanied Semmens to Berens River in 1876, stayed at Nelson House as a missionary until 1880, and returned to preach at Norway House until 1888. He was the first northern Manitoba Cree to be ordained, on 23 June 1889. He served at several postings until his death in Warrens Landing.

More information:

Edward Paupenakis, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIV, 826-27.


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

Page revised: 18 April 2008

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