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Northern Cemeteries and Graves

A Guide to Fort Simpson, NWT


The Sacred Heart Mission Catholic Cemetery

at Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories (NWT)

by Murray Lundberg


The Catholic Cemetery at Fort Simpson, NWT

    The abandoned Sacred Heart Mission Catholic cemetery has no headstones or other individual grave markers. It appears to be an empty lot, but the monument in the centre states that 398 people were buried here between 1916 and 1957. The names of 97 adults from Fort Simpson are on the monument, as are the names of 2 priests and 3 sisters, but the adults from other communities are not listed, nor are the children's names (which is stated to be up to 10 years old). The four sides of the monument are transcribed completely beside each image.

    A detailed history of the Sacred Heart Mission can be read here - it's 128 pages, a 28.4MB pdf file.






A general view of the monument.





In this cemetery 398 people have been buried between 1916 and 1957.
150 youngsters from all settlements (1 to 10 years old)
248 adults:
  97 from Fort Simpson
  20 from Fort Good Hope
  41 from Fort Norman
  39 from Fort Liard
  39 from Fort Providence
  6 from Fort Franklin
  6 from Fort Wrigley

Religious buried in this cemetery:
  Father X. G. Ducot, O.M.I.: 68 years, died August 17, 1916
  Father F. Moisan, O.M.I.: 75 years, died April 9, 1955
  Sister C. Lecou, S.G.M.: 30 years, died October 6, 1920
  Sister Marie, S.G.M.: 67 years, died June 18, 1934
  Sister Bourcier, S.G.M.: 77 years,. died June 15, 1937

Be mindful, O Lord, of thy servants and handmaids, who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and sleep in the sleep of peace. (Canon of Mass)





Adults from Fort Simpson
1916     Baptiste Lamoureux 80
1917     Sophie Deneyoua 67
             Maria Krainla 62
             Joseph Cazon 75
1919     Louis Villeneuve 75
             Mary Sibbeston 50
1920     Marie Wawa 17
1921     Pierre Pierrot 24
             Pierre Beaver 24
1922     Marie E. Hope 80
1923     Celine Wawa 30
1924     Gabriel Matli 20
1925     James Sanderson 45
             Jean Sarcelle 55
1926     Jean-Baptiste Tonka 65
1928     Pierre Nonra 75
             Emile Betsedea 70
             Jeanne Sarcelle 62
             Lucie Trindell 20
             Johnny Norwegian 75
             Chief Antoine 78
             Joseph Sanguez 66
             Alexis Lafferty 65
             Marguerite Lenoir 60
             Madeleine Lenoir 42
             Marianne Lenoir 45
             Charles Marsollais 30
1929     Leon Basile 20
             Marie Sanguez 38
             Joseph Thibault 43
1930     Marguerite Corneille 17





Adults from Fort Simpson
1931     Adele Robb 29
1932     Philip Powers 50
1934     James Deneyoua 10
1935     M. Louise Villeneuve 12
             Paul Sossi 46
1936     Lucie Thomas 40
             Baptiste Lenoir 28
             Veronique Sossi 16
             Dora Cazon 16
             Mary Trindell 34
1937     Joe Hope 80
             Mary Villeneuve 32
             John Hope 35
1941     Andre Moses 16
1942     Pierre Wawa 59
             Christine Sossi 19
1943     William Betsedea 22
             Cecile Deneyoua 21
             Harry McGurran 63
             Johnny Cazon 70
             Satseli Mustard 60
             Charles Cazon 24
             Jerome Bonnetrouge 44
             Marie Rose Antoine 16
1944     Ernestine Nadli 21
             Mary McGurren 12
             Corinne Antoine 14
             Arthur Lafferty 11
1945     Marguerite Hope 12
             Dora Moses 18
1946     Jean Baptiste Nakenkon 13





Adults from Fort Simpson
1946     Patrice Lafferty 18
             Phillipe Hardisty 18
             James Horresay 47
1947     Raphael Canadien 46
             Harry Squirrel 56
             George Squirrel 23
             Antoine Clement 31
             Dora Hope 12
             Marguerite Thomasson 47
             Isadore Wawa 31
1948     George Antoine 54
             Helene Cholo 22
             Josephine Denelon 96
             Modeste Corneille 80
             Josephine Mattu 45
1949     Jonas Treyinda 72
1950     Louisa Doctor 80
             Veronique Bouvier 52
             Eric Lindberg 16
1951     Joseph Villeneuve 83
             Marie Sateux 81
             Beatrice Laffery 18
1952     Henriette Sibbeston 60
             Joseph Edjue 70
             Celine Bonnetrouge 28
             Cecile Sanguez 73
1953     Ernestine Norwegian 27
1955     Angus Antoine 17
             William Marsollais 84
1957     Joseph Norwegian 66