The file consists of notes from an oral history interview with Father Pat Mercredi in Edmonton on December 1, 1977. The interviewer was Ray Price.
Interview notes from 1992 Index: Apparently, the name Mercredi as far as he's concerned comes from his father's father's side of the family who was a McCarthy. A Priest who was a French speaking Priest in Chip couldn't handle the th in that and altered the word to Mercredi. His mother was a McDonald and his father a Mercredi and there are Tourangeau in his family tree as well as McDonald and McCarthy. He states that he is a mixture of French and Cree and Irish and Scottish. "The Priests have failed to really live with the native
people, they have lived among them but have not lived with them. He says, this is the basic failure of the Church. He says, he hears constantly from the Church that what are we going to do we're losing the native people, they're leaving us. We would never have lost them if we went there to evangilize [evangelize] and not civilize. We'd never lose them if we lived with them not just among them." (p.6) "One of the things that came out constantly is that he has been discriminated against all his life, discriminated against by fellow priest, discriminated against by the Brothers in the service of the priesthood, discriminated against in College and in semenary [seminary]. And it was explicitly at one time that he was sent to France for 4 years in order to Frenchify him, to make him a cultured man and to turn him into a Frenchman. They haven't been able to succeed and the older he gets the more he goes back to his roots, and he feels it is in Fort Chipewyan and in the North American Indian culture, a culture that was dependent directly upon the land for survival." (p.l) Father Mercredi has translated over 320 hymns into Cree but he can't get them published.
[Please note that the PDF contains discussion of anti-Indigenous racism and reports some racist comments that Father Mercredi had heard.]