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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Pratt (c1816-1888)

Missionary.

An Aboriginal baptized at Red River by John West in 1823, he worked for the Hudson's Bay Company before studying with William Cockran in the late 1840s. In the early 1850s he went to the Qu’Appelle River district as an Anglican lay preacher to the Cree-Assiniboine, and he remained there, often discontented because he had little status with the Church Missionary Society. He died on the Gordon Indian Reserve in what is now Saskatchewan.

More information:

Charles Pratt, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XI, 710-11.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 20 April 2008

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