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Henry SteinhauerBen SinclairWhitefish Lake was opened as a mission in 1858 by the Reverend Henry Bird Steinhauer and Benjamin Sinclair. Although its beginnings were small and humble, the mission, in what is now central Alberta, quickly grew. 

A schoolhouse and church were the first priorities. Soon the mission employed a professional teacher and the community consisted of between 300 and 400 residents. The Whitefish Lake mission circuit included several tribes that signed Treaty 6 and which eventually joined to form the Saddle Lake Band. 

Saddle Lake Indian Agencyt Service Whitefish LakeIn 1881 a short-lived Anglican mission developed at Saddle Lake. A few years later the Roman Catholic Church established a more permanent mission, which included the Blue Quills residential school. At the same time, the Methodist mission divided into Whitefish Lake and Saddle Lake.

Today, the Blue Quills residential school is the Blue Quills First Nations College, which has been under First Nations' management since 1971. The Methodist mission has been superseded by the Goodfish Lake and Saddle Lake United churches, which are part of the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada.

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