BUILDING SOCIAL
AND COMMUNITY LIFE

Building Social and Community Life
The Letter T his theme celebrates people who act on their concern for the well-being of others through clubs, societies and other non-governmental organizations. Their efforts fill the spaces between private family life and the public spheres of politics and organized economic life, and create shared areas of action that bring security, enjoyment and cohesion to communities great and small.
Caughnawaga Mission / Mission of St. Francis Xavier, Quebec - Jesuit Mission to Mohawks Established 1647 Canada's system of National Historic Sites recognizes some of the earliest colonial leaders in the fields of social service, particularly medical care. For nearly five centuries, churches have shared with governments the field of service, both to the unfortunate and to the more comfortable in society. The nineteenth century saw the growth of ethnic voluntary associations and service clubs, which complemented the work of churches in building facilities for communal activity and for showing concern for those in need. These organizations have continued to proliferate in the twentieth century.
Grey Nuns' Convent, Manitoba - Early Red River Frame Mission House Erected 1845-1851 The national historic importance of numerous religious orders - teachers as well as healers - is recognized officially for the way their activities have touched people in many corners of Canada. Secular non-governmental charities are also recognized, especially in the field of nursing. In the twentieth century, the cooperative movement is a more recent example of voluntary effort which has national importance. Education is another vitally important area in which community initiatives and voluntary agencies have played significant roles.

National Historic Sites Of Canada System Plan

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