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Memorable Manitobans: Antoine Silvy (1638-1711)


Born in France, he came to Quebec as a Jesuit neophyte in 1673, taking his vows as a professed in 1675. He served as a missionary to the aboriginals out of a base at Michilimackinac, and was chaplain to the expedition led by Sieur Bermen de la Martinière to Hudson Bay in 1684, during which he kept a journal. He later accompanied the Chevalier de Troyes overland to Hudson Bay, and evangelized among the First Nations of the Bay until 1693, when he became a teacher at the Jesuit College. He is usually regarded as the founder of the northern mission of the Catholic Church.

More information:

Antoine Silvy, Dictionary of Canadian Biography II, 607-09.


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

Page revised: 27 April 2008

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