Ethnic Roots: Métis, Part 1
Ethnic Roots: Métis, Part 2
From very modest roots, the Victoria Mission grew into the thriving community
In 1901 Dr. Charles Lawford was assigned to Pakan to
serve as both missionary
and doctor. He built a new Methodist church and the McDougall Hospital,
where a great number of patients received a dose of
their medicine. Lawford tried with modest success
to win some of the Ukrainian people to the Methodist church and by 1912 a
church for the Ukrainian Methodists opened.
Pakan declined rapidly in the 1920s and by 1921 the mission had closed.
The decline was mostly due to the arrival of the railroad in the region,
which prompted and eased the transfer of businesses and people to nearby
the Victoria Settlement, including the old fort and the Methodist church
built in 1906, was declared a Provincial Historic Resource. Today one can
visit the site and explore Hudson's Bay Company quarters, the church and the mission cemetery.