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Memorable Manitobans: James Settee (c1809-1902)


Born near Split Lake (in present day Manitoba) to mixed-blood parents, he went to school at Red River and was baptized as an Indian in 1827. He became a protégé of the Reverend William Cockran and eventually an Anglican missionary, serving as a catechist and schoolteacher. He was a firm believer in agricultural settlement. A Swampy Cree, he had little in common with the Plains Cree of the southern prairies, but he persevered at The Pas and later at the Lac La Ronge-Stanley Mission, which he founded. In 1853 he enrolled in St. John’s College School, and in 1854 he went to Swan River, where he was ordained in 1856 to the Anglican priesthood. Settee later attempted to establish a mission in the Qu’Appelle Valley, but met hostility from the local Indians. He spent many years in what is now Saskatchewan before retiring to Manitoba. He resented his treatment by the Anglican Church, but rejoiced in the gains made by the Native Church. He died in Winnipeg.

See also:

James Settee, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIII, 937-39.


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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 July 2013

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