Exhibition 1870 | Manitoba – Launch of the Online Version

Via its website and its Facebook page, the Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SHSB) is launching the exhibition 1870 | Manitoba, which includes a permanent display at the Salon Empire, a web component, and a travelling component. Visit this exhibition on the founding of Manitoba online from June 24, 2020, and onward. This date is especially significant because it marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Manitoba Act of 1870 by the Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia. This document had been brought back from Ottawa by Father Joseph Noël Ritchot, or as the Métis called him, “Père Ritchot”, for its approval. The Act was proclaimed on July 15th of 1870 when Manitoba became Canada’s fifth province.

The SHSB was eager to mark this important anniversary by presenting the role played by the Francophone Métis and the Francophones of the Red River Colony in this historical event at the origin of the vested rights and grievances of certain communities.

The exhibition’s curator, Annie Langlois, comments: “Today, Manitoba reflects Canadian society, where diversity and cultural pride are valued. But at the time, the long-established inhabitants, mostly Métis, the recent immigrants and the Canadian government each saw the fate of the River Red Colony under a different light—the founding of the province was not smooth. Those values that provoked turmoil and passions at the time are also the ones that led to the Manitoba we know today.”

Listen to Ms. Annie Langlois’s comments here. (In French)

From the Hudson’s Bay Company’s rumoured sale of Rupert’s Land and the North-West upon which the Red River Colony was located, to the ratification and proclamation of the Manitoba Act of 1870, this exhibition presents some of the Centre du patrimoine’s priceless archival documents, all available online, tracing the history of the province’s creation.


Listen to the Chair of the SHSB board, Mr. Michel Lagacé here. (In French)

The 1870 | Manitoba exhibition will be presented in the Empire Salon as soon as the Centre du patrimoine’s doors open to the public. Check its Facebook page!

The SHSB thanks Canadian Heritage, Sport, Culture and Heritage Manitoba and Caisse Groupe Financier for their financial support of this exhibition curated by Annie Langlois with the assistance of Thomas Bres and presented at the Centre du patrimoine until the winter of 2021.


“Caisse Financial Group is proud to be the official sponsor of the SHSB’s exhibition on the 150th anniversary of the Province of Manitoba. We strongly believe in the importance of sharing our history and we are pleased that our contribution to this project has aided the Centre du patrimoine in the purchase of much needed dehumidifiers to preserve its archives.”

Joël Rondeau, CEO of Caisse Groupe Financier


The SHSB thanks Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM), its partner in the realization of the educational component of the exhibition. This component includes a pedagogical guide and a tour of the exhibition in the DSFM’s schools.

According to Mr. René Déquier, Deputy Superintendent: “The DSFM is immensely proud to host the travelling exhibition 1870 | Manitoba in its schools. This initiative is aligned with its strategic orientations, especially that of developing its students’ sense of belonging to their community.

The exhibition, which presents some of the main events and personalities that led to the foundation of Manitoba, will be an asset, among other things, in the high school Franco Manitoban history course the DSFM has recently developed.

Finally, the DSFM thanks the Centre du patrimoine for the constant addition of online educational resources that serve its students and the community.”


Published June 24, 2020.

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