The town of Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta paid tribute to Sister Archange Jeanne Brady on April 7 after her death at the age of 73 on April 3.
Sister Brady, a Metis originally from the St. Paul area, came to Fort Chipewyan in 1950 shortly after she became a Grey Nun. She spent the next 34 years working at the Holy Angels Residential School, now the Bishop Piche School, and was made an honorary chief by the Cree and Chipewyan Band Councils. She was also given the Cree name Anah ka sakihat awassissa, the one who loves children.
Sister Brady was also active with the Voice of Alberta Women Society, the Catholic Women's League and the Education North Society.
In addition to her role as a teacher and counselor to the people of Fort Chipewyan, Sister Brady will also be remembered for her book A History of Fort Chipewyan. The book is in its second printing and the proceeds coming from the sale of the book are to be put toward improving education in northern Alberta.
A funeral mass was held at the Grey Nuns Regional Centre in Edmonton on Saturday morning. Later in the afternoon the body was flown to Fort Chipewyan for another funeral mass. The body was buried in the Grey Nuns' plot of the St. Albert cemetery on April 9.