chief James Pakan
was highly respected by the missionaries at Whitefish Lake. This
regard can be attributed to his conversion to Christianity and his
involvement in Treaty 6 negotiations.
The mission presence in the
Whitefish Lake area was not exclusively
Methodist. In 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 First Nations
College is the descendent of the Blue Quills residential school. Many
children from Methodist
families attended the residential school, and many of these students converted to