Peter Jones (1802–1856) was an Ojibwa Methodist minister, translator,
chief and author from Burlington Heights, Upper Canada. Jones converted
to Methodism at age 21 after attending a camp-meeting with his half
sister. As a bilingual and bicultural preacher, he enabled the
Methodists to make significant inroads with the Mississaugas and
Iroquois of Upper Canada, both by translating hymns and biblical texts
in Ojibwe and Mohawk and preaching to Indians who did not understand
English. Beyond his preaching to the Indians of Upper Canada, he was an
excellent fundraiser for the Canadian Methodists, and toured the United
States and Great Britain giving sermons and speeches. Jones drew
audiences of thousands, filling many of the buildings he spoke in, but
came to resent the role, believing the audiences came to see
Kahkewāquonāby, the exotic Indian, not Peter Jones, the good Christian
he had worked so hard to become. Jones was also a political leader. In
1825, he wrote the Indian Department; his letter was the first the
department had ever received from an Indian. This brought him into
contact with Superintendent of the Indian Department James Givins and
influential Bishop John Strachan, with whom he arranged the funding and
support of the Credit Mission.
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