Father Felicien (Felix) Labat OMI was born May 25, 1928 to Angele (nee Kerautret) and Jean-Pierre Labat near Leon, in the Brittany region of France. He had one brother, Derrien, and three sisters: Catherine, two Marguerites and Louise. He came to the Northwest Territories in 1953, being posted to Deline in 1954-1961 and Tulita in 1961-1966. Other communities Father Labat was stationed at included Fort Smith, Norman Wells (as pastor), Fort Good Hope, and Hay River. His final position was as Chaplain at the Stanton Regional Hospital, Yellowknife. After 57 years as a missionary in the NWT, Father Labat retired to Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert, Alberta. He died April 12, 2018 at the age of 89.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of 1141 colour slides of Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, Fort Smith, Fort Good Hope, Deline, Tulita, Norman Wells, Hay River, and Willow Lake River, as well as 5 colour negatives of Willow Lake (Kálo? Tué) taken by Father Felix Labat OMI. Included in these are approximately 44 images taken by Sister Blanche Matte, sgm, particularly in Behchoko, Whati, Fort Good Hope, and Fort Providence. The photographs span much of Father Labat's career with the Roman Catholic Diocese of the Mackenzie, beginning in Deline in 1954 and stretching into the 1980s. Subject matter includes church services, weddings, first communions, and other church-related activities, transportation by barge, motorboat, canoe, dogsled, mooseskin boat, ski, snowshoe and snowmobile, portraits of Dene men, women and children, including students at Grollier Hall in Inuvik and Breynat Hall in Fort Smith, Dene arts and crafts, events, including the NWT Centennial Canoe Race and 1984 Pope's (cancelled) visit, and hunting and fishing activities.
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Physical description note
1146 photographs : col. Negatives and col. Slides
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