The Fort Providence Mé​tis Council has nominated Catherine Beaulieu Bouvier Lamoureux, far right, as a candidate to appear on a future series of Canadian bank notes. (Fort Providence Mé​tis Council)

Fort Providence Mé​tis nominate matriarch to appear on Canadian bank note

Fort Providence Mé​tis nominate matriarch to appear on Canadian bank note

'Trailblazer' Catherine Beaulieu Bouvier Lamoureux helped found hospital, delivered mail

The Fort Providence Mé​tis Council has nominated matriarch Catherine Beaulieu Bouvier Lamoureux as a candidate to appear on a new Canadian bank note.

In March, the Bank of Canada invited Canadians to nominate iconic women for recognition on the next series of bank notes in 2018.

Lamoureux is known for her strength and independence as one of the great Mé​tis women of the North. She was the first Mé​tis woman in the Northwest Territories to be named as a Historical Person of Interest by Parks Canada in 2011.

Lamoureux was born in the Salt River area near Fort Smith in 1836. She settled in Fort Providence with her family in 1861 where they lived next door to the Notre Dame de la Providence mission.

She helped create the first permanent northern Oblate mission in Fort Providence and subsequent hospital and school, working alongside the Grey Nuns to provide care and support for the poor, sick and orphaned. Lamoureux encouraged aboriginal women to make use of the health care services offered at the Sacred Heart Hospital.

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