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Norway House was one of the most important missions in the Canadian West.  It served as the headquarters for the Western missionary effort as well as being a successful mission in its own right. From Norway House James Evans spread the syllabic system for the Cree language and under the leadership of Evans' successor, William Mason, the mission became an important translation and printing centre.

York BoatAs long as the Hudson's Bay Company transportation routes were used, the mission remained the gateway to the West. Its significance diminished somewhat, however, as more Western missions were established, new overland routes increased and the cross-continental rail line was finished.

The history of Norway House reflects the influence of many people, including the English, Cree and Métis. Ceremonies celebrating this long history have been held at various times throughout the 20th century. In 1940 the 100th anniversary of the mission was celebrated, and  in 1955 Evans' ashes were brought from Great Britain and buried on the site of his mission church. In 1998 a plaque commemorating Evans was ceremoniously displayed in a bi-cultural event. 

 


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