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Memorable Manitobans: Joachim Allard (1838-1917)

Missionary, cleric.

Born in St. Joachim de Chateauguay, Quebec in 1838, he studied in Montreal and entered St. Sulpice seminary in 1862. He was ordained in 1865, and followed Archbishop Tache into the North West. He joined the Oblates in St. Boniface in Manitoba, and studied Cree and Ojibwa. He was the first missionary in Fort Alexander in 1876, when he set up the Residential School and Chapel. In 1880 he founded the French Canadian Parish of St. Georges in Fort Alexander. In 1887 he was made Vicar-General of St. Boniface and took up residence in St. Mary’s presbytery. Father Allard took over for Tache when he was ill, and interviewed with Premier Greenway on the subject of school laws. He died at St. Boniface on 10 January 1917 and is commemorated by Allard Avenue and Allard School in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Reverend Father Allard died yesterday,” Manitoba Free Press, Thursday 11 January 1917.

This page was prepared by Angela Graham and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2015

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