The Journal of Father Léon Doucet

Our team members are our most valued resource, and we like to use our History Hub to celebrate their achievements. Below is a short piece celebrating the launch of a new book transcribed, translated, and co-edited by KH Associate Bronwyn Evans, who works with our Calgary team. 


This past week, KH Associate Bronwyn Evans celebrated the launch of Mon Journal: The Journal and Memoir of Father Léon Doucet, OMI at the new Calgary Public Library. Bronwyn, the transcriptionist, translator, and co-editor of the book, began the project during her undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta.

Father Léon Doucet was a Roman Catholic missionary and member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In between 1868 and 1890, he travelled across Alberta and Saskatchewan between permanent missions.

“Doucet’s journal offers a very personal description of this period of western Canadian history. He named more than 150 individuals whose stories range from tragic to comedic. A keen observer, Doucet recorded significant ethnographic, geographic, genealogical, faunal, floral, and meteorological details. Ultimately, his journal offers a reader a tantalizing glimpse of life in pre-provincehood Alberta and Saskatchewan.”*

The book launch celebrated the hard work of Bronwyn and her co-editor Mario Giguère. The Provincial Archives of Alberta in Edmonton hold the only copy of Doucet’s journal, making this book a valuable resource for researchers.

Congratulations to Bronwyn and all the other contributors on this achievement! To learn more about the book, please visit this website.

*This excerpt is taken from the book’s jacket cover.