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Kamloops; St. Joseph's Church

St. Joseph's Church, built by Catholic missionaries and the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc in the late 19th Century, is the oldest church in Kamloops, British Columbia

"St. Joseph ’s Church, which still stands today on Kamloops Indian Band land, was built by First Nations craftsmen under the supervision of Father Le Jeune. Prior to becoming successor of this church, Father Le Jeune traveled from his home land of France to New Westminster , B.C. and was taught the Chinook language, a language generally used for trade and other communication. Shortly after, Father Le Jeune traveled to Kamloops where he mastered all of the local dialects of the many tribes in the BC Interior Region.

During his fifty years of service in the district and working at St. Joseph ’s Church, Father Le Jeune developed a type of unique Chinook shorthand and used it to create a newspaper call the Kamloops Wawa. The term, “wawa” means “to speak” or “conversation” and the newspaper was later termed ‘the strangest newspaper in the world’. "

[Cited: Kamloops Tourism 2013]



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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:Canada
Keywords:18-Aug-09, 2009, BC Churches, British Columbia, Canada, Kamloops, Kamloops; St. Joseph's Church, TNRD, Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Kamloops; St. Joseph's Church