Jesuit Mission to Manitoulin 1648-50, The

In 1648, Father Joseph Poncet, then serving at St. Marie in Huronia, was placed in charge of the Jesuit mission of St. Pierre by his superior Father Paul Ragueneau. This newly created mission was formed to serve the Algonkian-speaking Indians of Manitoulin Island and the north shore of Lake Huron. Poncet, the first known European resident of Manitoulin (called Ile de Ste. Marie by the missionaries and Ekaentoton by the Hurons), served on this island from October 1648, to May 1649. He returned to Manitoulin before the end of the latter year, but was compelled to abandon the mission in 1650, following the defeat and dispersal of the Hurons by the Iroquois.


At Ten Mile Point, Highway 6, about 16 km south of Little Current

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Manitoulin

Municipality: Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands