Real Stories from Central Canada
October 18, 2018

If you want to learn what it was like to live in the rural areas of central Canada in the nineteenth century, and what it was like to take the message of the gospel to the indigenous peoples, you would do well to consider reading By Canoe and Dog Train by Egerton R. Young.

Young, who lived from 1840 to 1909, was a teacher, Methodist missionary, lecturer and author. His missionary work followed the circuit-preacher approach as he worked among the Cree and Salteaux Indians north of Lake Winnipeg.

At a time when many Caucasian North Americans considered the indigenous people to be inferior, Young respected and loved them and encouraged them to develop fulfill their full potential as human beings and leaders in the church.

The book tells of the adventures, tragedy and joy that Young and his family experienced, and describes in interesting detail the nature of travel in the rural areas in those days – that is, by birch bark canoe and dog sled. I found this book hard to put down.

The stories of native Americans who came to faith in Christ and lived transformed lives are a blessing to read.

Egerton R. Young wrote a dozen other books and traveled throughout the United States, England and Australia, urging more people to come as Christian missionaries to the indigenous peoples of Canada.