"A Useful Christian Woman": First Nations' Women and Protestant Missionary Work in British Columbia

  • Margaret Whitehead Camosun College-Landsdowne Campus


Research on British Columbia's missionary frontier suggests that women made a vital contribution to the Churches' proselytization work among the province's First Nations. However, proselytization was not the work of white women only. Aboriginal women appear to have contributed significantly to the missionary work of the Protestant Churches. Christianity, which imposed European values along with conversion, had a profound effect on aboriginal women's lives. For some, it offered, as it had to their white sisters, new opportunities for influence and status; for others, it created alienation from their people and culture.
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