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1879 in Canada

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Events from the year 1879 in Canada.



Federal government

Provincial governments

Lieutenant governors


Territorial governments

Lieutenant governors


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

July to December


Historical Documents

Government scheme to divide 100 million acres of CPR land for settlement[2]

Ottawa memo outlines the "utter destitution" of some Indigenous people in the N.W.T.[3]

Federal commissioner reports on the dependency of Indigenous people at Fort Walsh, Alberta[4]

Visitor fears the Metis on the Assiniboine will not hold on to their lands much longer[5]

Description of Mennonite cooperative farming near Winnipeg[6]

All aboard the steamer Waubuno are lost in a gale on Georgian Bay[7]

Anti-Irish-Catholic opinion is published in the Irish Canadian[8]


  1. ^ "Émile Nelligan | Canadian poet". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ John A. Macdonald, Minister of the Interior, "...100,000,000 Acres of Land Required," June 25, 1879. Accessed 18 September 2018 []
  3. ^ 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 []
  4. ^ "No. 46," Report of the Deputy Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs, 1879, pgs. 76-7. Accessed 19 September 2018 []
  5. ^ "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 []
  6. ^ 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 []
  7. ^ "Wreck of the Waubuno; All the Passengers and Crew Lost," Enterprise, Collingwood, Ont. (November 28, 1879). Accessed 18 September 2018 []
  8. ^ "Are Irish Catholics A Menace," Irish Canadian (December 17, 1879). Accessed 18 September 2018 []