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Memorable Manitobans: Jacques Marie Volant (1900-1987)

Monk, curator.

Born in France in May 1900, he made his first vows at Aoste, Italy in 1919 and arrived in Canada in May 1925. His perpetual vows were made at Chesterfield Inlet, North West Territories in May 1927. He subsequently served at Baker Lake, Pond Inlet, Eskimo Point, and Duck Lake. In 1944, he moved to Churchill where he founded the Eskimo Museum. Under his curatorial direction, the museum collected a unique record of Inuit life. In 1979, he was given an honorary degree by the University of Manitoba. He retired in 1987 and died at Winnipeg on 14 September 1987.

Sources:

Obituary, Heritage Spectrum, Volume 2, Number 4, October 1987, page 17. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 July 2017

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