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Niddrie of the North-West

Memoirs of a Pioneer Canadian Missionary



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Niddrie of the North-West by John W. Niddrie
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All pioneers were versatile, but perhaps none more so than the Methodist missionaries. As some of the earliest Europeans to settle in the remote areas of Canada, these men often acted as doctors, lawyers, teachers, and social workers in addition to their assigned duties. John W Niddrie was such a man. Born in Scotland in 1863, Niddrie came to Canada as a young man and soon struck out for Alberta. His missionary work took him from Morley, Alberta to Oxford House, NWT and finally to Berens River, Manitoba, where he lived as a well-loved and respected member of the clergy. Niddrie deeply loved the people he served, and his observations on his work as a missionary reflect a spirit of hope and understanding. At the same time, he offers a lively portrait of life in the bush among the natives and the pioneers. His memoir is highlighted by more than sixty period photographs of the people and places he knew. Insightful, opinionated, but always thoughtful, Niddrie of the North-West reveals the lively social dynamics of Canada's formative years. It tells the story of a missionary-not a religious story, but an adventure story.

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John Niddrie
Release date NZ
August 1st, 2000
Edited by John J. Chalmers Edited by John W. Chalmers
Country of Publication
University of Alberta Press
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