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Women and the White Man’s God

Gender and Race in the Canadian Mission Field

Based on diaries, letters, and mission correspondence, Women and the White Man’s God is the first comprehensive examination of women’s roles in domestic Anglican missions in northern British Columbia, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. The status of women in the Anglican Church, gender relations in the mission field, and encounters between Aboriginals and missionaries are carefully scrutinized. Arguing that the mission encounter challenged colonial hierarchies, Rutherdale expands our understanding of colonization at the intersection of gender, race, and religion.

224 pages

Table of Contents




1 Breaking Down the Barriers: Gender and the Anglican Church at Home

2 Perceptions and Interpretations of the “Other”

3 “I Wish the Men Were Half as Good”: Gender Relations in the Mission Field

4 “Oh, To Be in England”: Making a Home Away from Home

5 Motherhood and Morality

6 Contesting Control while Encouraging Zeal





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