Events from the year 1879 in Canada.
The Opening of Canadian Parliament in 1879.
It wasn't an isolated case. During the late 1800s and into the 20th Century, fear of Wendigo (or Windigo) haunted northern Alberta communities, resulting in several grisly deaths.
All other deaths he can document were cases of "Wendigo executions," where others have killed the person believed to be possessed. They were acts of self-preservation, attempts to protect their community.
January to June
Richard Gavin Reid
- January 15 – Mazo de la Roche, author (d.1961)
- January 17 – Richard Gavin Reid, politician and 7th Premier of Alberta (d.1980)
- January 25 – Humphrey T. Walwyn, naval officer and Governor of Newfoundland (d.1957)
- February 14 – Eli Burton, physicist
- March 20 – Maud Menten, medical scientist (d.1960)
- May 25 – Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, business tycoon, politician and writer (d.1964)
- June 12 – Charles Dow Richards, judge, politician and 18th Premier of New Brunswick (d.1956)
July to December
- August 1 – Eva Tanguay, singer and entertainer (d.1947)
- August 16 – Samuel Lawrence, politician and trade unionist (d.1959)
- October 6 – James Langstaff Bowman, politician and Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada (d.1951)
- October 9 – William Warren, lawyer, politician, judge and Prime Minister of Newfoundland (d.1927)
- November 3 – Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer and ethnologist (d.1962)
- November 11 – Violet McNaughton, feminist
- November 25 – Joseph-Arsène Bonnier, politician (d.1962)
- December 24 – Émile Nelligan, poet (d.1941)
Government scheme to divide 100 million acres of CPR land for settlement
Ottawa memo outlines the "utter destitution" of some Indigenous people in the N.W.T.
Federal commissioner reports on the dependency of Indigenous people at Fort Walsh, Alberta
Visitor fears the Metis on the Assiniboine will not hold on to their lands much longer
Description of Mennonite cooperative farming near Winnipeg
All aboard the steamer Waubuno are lost in a gale on Georgian Bay
Anti-Irish-Catholic opinion is published in the Irish Canadian
- ^ "Émile Nelligan | Canadian poet". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
- ^ John A. Macdonald, Minister of the Interior, "...100,000,000 Acres of Land Required," June 25, 1879. Accessed 18 September 2018 [www.collectionscanada.gc.ca]
- ^ J.S. Dennis, "152 N.W.T.; Memorandum," Northwest Territories - Correspondence, Memoranda, Reports, Minutes and Requisitions Regarding the Distress of Indians in the Territories Due to Lack of Food, pgs. 20-1. Accessed 19 September 2018 [collectionscanada.gc.ca]
- ^ "No. 46," Report of the Deputy Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs, 1879, pgs. 76-7. Accessed 19 September 2018 [www.bac-lac.gc.ca]
- ^ "Letter IV," Chronicles by the Way: A Series of Letters Addressed to the Montreal "Gazette" Descriptive of a Trip through Manitoba and the North-West (Montreal: Gazette Printing Co, 1879), pg. 10. Accessed 18 September 2018 [peel.library.ualberta.ca]
- ^ David Currie, The Letters of Rusticus: Investigations in Manitoba and the North-West, for the Benefit of Intending Emigrants (Montreal: John Dougall & Son, 1880), pgs. 67-8. Accessed 18 September 2018 [peel.library.ualberta.ca]
- ^ "Wreck of the Waubuno; All the Passengers and Crew Lost," Enterprise, Collingwood, Ont. (November 28, 1879). Accessed 18 September 2018 [images.maritimehistoryofthegreatlakes.ca]
- ^ "Are Irish Catholics A Menace," Irish Canadian (December 17, 1879). Accessed 18 September 2018 [www.canadianmysteries.ca]