Settee, James

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Settee, James

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born between 1809 and 1816 - died 1902


One of the first Indigenous North Americans to be ordained by the Church of England, Rev. Settee worked as a missionary across much of what is now Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.


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Reverend James Settee was of Swampy Cree and British descent. Educated at the Red River Settlement, Rev. Settee was sent as a catechist for the Church Missionary Society to establish the Beaver Creek mission in the Beaver (Weatherald) Creek–Moose Mountain (Sask.) region, but the mission failed. He and his wife taught at the Cumberland-Devon mission [The Pas, MB] for a short time before being sent to the Lac la Ronge mission [Saskatchewan]. With the arrival of Rev. Robert Hunt in 1851, the Lac la Ronge mission was moved and renamed the Stanlay Mission. Rev. Settee returned to Red River and was ordained in 1853. He spent the rest of his missionary years travelling all over Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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Lewis G. Thomas, “SETTEE, JAMES,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 13, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed May 17, 2016,

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