Alexandre-Antonin Tache's career as a pioneer Oblate missionary and bishop coincided with some of the most momentous events in western Canadian history from the Red River Insurrection to the Manitoba schools question. Tache's zealous defence of French Catholic rights in the North West is indicative of the deep divisions in society concerning the extent of bilingualism and biculturalism in western Canada.
Raymond Huel is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Huel is general editor of "The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the Canadian North West" series. He also published Proclaiming the Gospel to the Indians and Metis with the University of Alberta Press.