Budd, Henry

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Budd, Henry

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First Indigenous North American to be ordained priest by the Church of England, and founder of the mission at Riviere du Pas (The Pas, MB).


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Henry Budd was one of the earliest pupils at the Church Missionary Society school at Red River. In 1840, he was sent by Rev. William Cockran and Rev. John Smithurst to carry out missionary work in the Cumberland House district. Finding little welcome at Cumberland House, Henry Budd decided to establish a mission at Riviere du Pas (later The Pas, MB). In 1850, Henry Budd was ordained as a deacon by Bishop David Anderson, becoming the first Indigenous person to enter the ministry of the Church of England. He was ordained as priest in 1853 and spent the rest of his life ministering at Nepowewin (Nipawin, SK), Carlton House (SK), and The Pas.

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AMICUS No.: 241947

T. C. B. Boon, “BUDD, HENRY,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 10, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed May 13, 2016, http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/budd_henry_10E.html

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