Imagine a place only minutes from a busy downtown core, where you may be reminded of the history of the First Nations people, the voyageurs, the Metis and the French Canadains including legendary, Jean-Baptiste Lagimodiere and his wife Marie-Anne Gaboury - the first white woman to settle in the West. Imagine a place inextricably linked to Lord Selkirk and the beginnings of the Red River Settlement. A place that serves as testament to the difficult transition of the era of the fur-trade to colonization and agriculture as a way of life. A place which speaks of the multi-national mosaic of early Euro-Canadian, the des Muerons Regiment and the Catholic Missions.
To hear the echoes of this place is to hear a Province being born. A place where the métis leader and the Father of Manitoba, Louis Riel is born. A site where the Countess of Dufferin, the first locomotive in Western Canada is first delivered. Imagine a place whose history has not only helped to define St. Boniface, Winnipeg and Manitoba, but also Western Canada.
- J.P BRUNET, Save Our Seine River Environment Inc. (1997)
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