Fonds P212 - James Scanlon fonds

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James Scanlon fonds

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CA ON00159 P212

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6.0 cm of textual records

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Reverend Canon James Scanlon was raised in Geraldton, Ontario. He worked in gold mines and pulp camps, as well as briefly served in the army before he went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts at Queen’s University, Kingston, his Master of Arts at the University of Toronto, and later his degree in theology at Wycliffe College. James Scanlon married Doris Wiskin in 1955. Upon graduating from Wycliffe College, he was ordained a priest in his home town Geraldton, Ontario, in 1956. He served as curate for one year at St. John’s Anglican Church, Kingston before he was invited by Bishop Cuthbert Robinson of the Anglican Diocese of Moosonee, to go as a missionary to the East Coast of James Bay, first to Chapais and later to Chibougamau. While in northern Quebec, Reverend Scanlon participated in the construction of several churches including St. Alban the Martyr, Chapais, Christ Church, Chibougamau, and the church in Miquelon. Bishop Watton moved Reverend Scanlon to Moose Factory Island in 1965 where he served as the Rector of St. Thomas Church for four years. Reverend Scanlon was also named Archdeacon of James Bay in the same year. While in Moose Factory, he worked to set up a catechist school in the Diocese, initiated a northern newspaper, Ministikok, and started a bus service on the island. James and Doris Scanlon have two children, Jane and Peter, who were born at Opemiska, Quebec. James and his family returned to St. John’s, Kingston, in 1969 where he served as rector until his retirement.

Reverend Canon James Scanlon has written articles for The Northland, as well as published several works including: “Olden days” at Moose Factory, Letters from James Bay (1883-1885), Bishop John Horden, A Different Time Among the Northern Cree, The Inlanders: Some Anglicans and Indians in Nouveau-Quebec, and The Preacher’s Book at Rupert’s House 1902-1911.

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The James Scanlon fonds consists of the manuscript version as well as the published version of his book A Different Time Among the Northern Cree. The book is a memoir of his life and times amongst the First Nations’ of Northern Quebec and James Bay from 1953 into the 1990’s. The manuscript version, written under the title Some Anglicans and Indians- A Moosonee Memoir is the unedited version and contains more details.

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The fonds was donated in March 2017.


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  • English

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At Laurentian University Archives:
P032-07 St. Alban the Martyr, Chapais fonds
P032-10 Christ Church, Chibougamau fonds
P032-37 St. Thomas, Moose Factory fonds

Outside Laurentian University Archives:
The Anglican Church of Canada General Synod Archives and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario Archives may contain complementary information.


An accrual was received in July 2017. No further accruals are expected.

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The Laurentian University Archives and the Anglican Diocese of Moosonee condemn the use of terms that are derogatory and hurtful. To preserve the historical context and to ensure that we acknowledge that these hurtful words were used, we did not change the original titles or documents.

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Creation: 2023-08-29

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