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St Boniface which was originally a log chapel, was the first mission built west of the Great Lakes and was built in the heart of what was to become the Metis culture, the Red River settlement. It was built by Father Joseph-Norbert Provencher in 1818.

The log chapel was replaced in 1832 with a stone cathedral which was the first of 5 that have been rebuilt on the location. The 1906 version was the most impressive cathedral in Western Canada and was an excellent example of the French Romanesque style. It was devastated by a fire in 1968.

A new church was built inside of the remaining shell which hosts a 1,000 seat cathedral. This has rejuvenated the centre of the francophone community in Winnipeg. The relationship of the diocese with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate goes back to the early years of western settlement and missionary activities. Inside the cathedral are the tombs of the Bishops of the Cathedral. The cathedral also is the location of the last resting place of many of the early Catholic settlers and missionaries and other renown figures from Western Canada such as Louis Riel.


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