Canada Prince Albert SK photo Aboriginal Chief peace pipe c. 1910

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Photo postcard of older Sioux chief (?) in elaborate headdress, carrying long peace pipe. Taken in Waterworth studio Prince Albert Saskatchewan. Message on back from an O.M.I. priest located at the Thunderbird residential school.


Publisher name on back ‘THE WATERWORTH SERIES Prince Albert, Sask.’  Printed on ‘Regal’ photographic paper, dating it to 1909-1910.

Note in French sent by Reverend E. Pascal O.M.I. who was located at the Thunderchild residential school.

Un Sioux sauvage avec le calumet de paix
 Rev. E.P. Box 890 Prince Albert Sask. Canada
Cher ami…voeux… du nouvel an…je voyage toujours à la recherche des brebis égarées . Depuis le 1e de l’an nous avons un froid de 45 à 65 c’est un peu extraordinaire cette année, la neige n’est pas encore prprête à disparaitre je vous assure. Depuis 6 mois je suis secrétaire de l’Évêché et procureur du diocese, je suis donc prêt de l’oncle de temps a temps…
Rev E Pascal OMI
A Sioux savage with the peace pipe
Dear friend…wishes…New Year...I always travel in search of lost sheep. Since the 21st of the New Year we have a 45 to 65 cold, it’s a bit extraordinary this year the snow is still not ready to disappear I can assure you. For about 6 mounts I am secretary of the Bishopric and --- of the diocese, I am therefore near Uncle(1) form time to time…

Rev E Pascal OMI

(1) 'Uncle' would be the Right Reverend Albert Pascal O.M.I. First Vicar-Apostolic (Bishop) of Saskatchewan, living in Prince Albert.

Some paper nicks front top edge, toning on back.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)

Located in the heartland of northern Saskatchewan, Prince Albert is located in Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of groups who have called the Prince Albert area home for thousands of years. These Indigenous groups are the Woodland Cree, Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Dene and the Dakota and Métis Nations.

The Thunderchild (Delmas/St. Henri) Indian Residential School operated from 1901 to 1948 at what became Delmas, outside and west of the Thunderchild Reserve on Treaty 6 land. In January 1901, Chief Thunderchild wrote on behalf of his people to protest the building of a Roman Catholic school on his reserve. “We feel that as a majority of the Indians on the Reserve are Protestant there is no reason why it should be placed here …The Roman Catholic Mission is situated immediately outside of the Reserve and we see no reason why the school should not be there…” The Roman Catholic Church agreed to build the school at their mission property instead. The RCC Oblate missionaries (Oblates of Mary Immaculate) operated the school, which was founded by Fr. Henri Delmas. Fr. Delmas worked with the Sainte-Angèle mission but the name was changed to Delmas in 1905.

The railway was built through Thunderchild Reserve in 1904, which brought an invasion of white settlers. In 1909 and 1910 Thunderchild and another Reserve were relocated by Ottawa. This source claims that Father Delmas was asked by the inhabitants of Thunderchild and Moosomin Reserves to intervene on their behalf with the federal government because they wanted to relocate. However, Lawyer Eleanore Sunchild says, “the First Nation was forcibly relocated in the early 1900s due to a vote achieved by manufactured consent.”.