Timeline

1738

The Métis francophonie has been present in the Red River Valley since the arrival of La Vérendrye at The Forks in 1738.

1818

The French-speaking world was permanently established in Saint-Boniface with its educational, cultural and health institutions with the arrival of Provencher and the Church in 1818.

1883

The city of Saint-Boniface was incorporated in 1883.

1906

The City of St. Boniface has been providing services in the Civic Square, housed in historic buildings, since 1906.

1972

The property became Winnipeg's and the coat of arms created by Mgr. Taché was removed from City Hall following the unification of Winnipeg in 1972. The changing priorities of Winnipeg's municipal government have put our French language services at risk and the heart of our local government into oblivion.

1981

St. Boniface City Hall received a historic designation in 1981.

1987

The former fire station received the same designation in 1987.

2006

The municipal, provincial and federal governments invested in the sculpture garden in 2006 and 2007.

2007

The civic square was added to the City of Winnipeg's surplus property list in late October 2007.

2012

Dr. Marc Frechette purchased the former police station in the fall of 2012 but was unable to develop the property as he had planned. His clinic is scheduled to open in September 2022.

2019

The City of Winnipeg puts the St. Boniface City Hall and the Old Fire Hall up for sale on November 13, 2019.

2021

Government officials are recommending that 219 Provencher and 212 Dumoulin be sold to Manitoba Possible for $10,000 on February 8, 2021.

2021

The City of Winnipeg removes the Sculpture Garden from the surplus list on February 25, 2021.

2021

The SFM enters into an agreement in May 2021 with Manitoba Possible to purchase the St. Boniface City Hall from them once they officially take possession of the building.

2021

A group of St. Boniface residents holds their first official meeting of the Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface (Friends of the St. Boniface Civic Square) on June 30, 2021.

2022

The ACCSB receives official charitable status in March 2022.

2022

The Property and Development Committee voted 3-1 to add the former police station to the City of Winnipeg's list of historic resources on January 17, 2022.

2023

In March 2023, Manitoba Possible and the Société de la francophonie manitobaine (SFM) announce that Manitoba Possible has decided to withdraw from negotiations with the City of Winnipeg regarding the sale of the St. Boniface Civic Square, including the fire hall located at 212 Dumoulin Street and the former St. Boniface City Hall located at 219 Provencher Boulevard.

2023

In June 2023, the City of Winnipeg recognized the importance of the civic square to the residents of St. Boniface. As a result, it passed a motion to launch consultations with the public and community stakeholders.

2023

In October 2023, the City of Winnipeg’s official webpage, “The Future of 219 Provencher and 212 Dumoulin” is online. The City of Winnipeg invites the community to explore their dedicated webpage and encourage their networks to do the same. They want the public to share their experiences and memories of the site.

Become a Member

Your $5 annual membership ensures the continuity of the entire St. Boniface Civic Square for the benefit of Manitoba's Francophonie. With your membership, you will receive accurate and current information on the development of this property. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the governance of the organization.

Make a Donation

Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface inc. is a charitable organization (charitable number - 793544701) that will issue a tax receipt for all donations received.

One-time donations can be made by PayPal, credit or debit card. • By e-transfer to: Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface inc. , with notice to carrecivique@gmail.com • By cheque payable to: Les Ami.e.s du carré civique de Saint-Boniface inc. • Send to our PO Box.