Holy Trinity Anglican Church - Historic Places Days

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan
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Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Built between 1854 and 1860, Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Stanley Mission, SK, is widely believed to be the oldest building still standing in Saskatchewan. One of the unique features of Stanley Mission is that it was not built by European colonists or missionaries. Nor was it built by Metis familiar with contemporary European building styles. Rather, it was built by the local Cree congregation.

That the oldest still-standing building in Saskatchewan is an Anglican Church built by the Cree invites us to interrogate our assumptions about what constitutes Indigenous built heritage. It also invites us to explore the complex, nuanced, and often fraught relationship between Indigenous peoples, Christianity, and Indigenous spirituality.

This listing was created by Matt Hiltermann on April 21, 2023.  Please confirm details at the site’s own website before planning your visit. Are you the owner/operator of this historic place? Would you like to make changes to this listing? Please contact us at historicplacesday@nationaltrustcanada.ca


  • National Historic Site

Fun Facts

The first missionary to serve Stanley Mission, James Settee, was himself Cree. He was the second First Nations minister to be ordained by the Anglican Church in the Northwest.

Church services at Holy Trinity have been held in Cree since the inaugural mass in 1860.


Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan, Canada
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