The Cumberland-Devon Mission, located in the town of The Pas, N.W. of Winnipeg, was originally settled as a fur trading post. Founded in 1840 by Henry Budd, a native Cree who baptised several adults and children. Its first church was built in 1842 by James Hunter, Archdeacon of the mission, 1847-1850. A party searching for the failed Franklin expedition in 1847 spent the winter at the mission and assisted with building pews, furnishings and furniture for the Mission House.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of three registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the mission in chronological order. One sketch map of the mission, with the location of the town of The Pas, the Indian reserve and its various schools and churches and the surrounding rivers and lakes.
View west from south bank of river from vantage point 50 metres in front of Christ Church (Anglican), The Pas. Nearby islands in river are part of Opaskwayak First Nation (formerly The Pas Band), including more distant Fisher Island (out of sight 8 km upstream) which was site of original Mackay Indian Residential School.