Portal:Manitoba

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Manitoba (/ˌmænɪˈtbə/ (About this sound listen)) is a province at the longitudinal centre of Canada. It is often considered one of the three prairie provinces (with Alberta and Saskatchewan) and Canada's fifth-most populous province with its estimated 1.3 million people. Manitoba covers 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) with a widely varied landscape, stretching from the northern oceanic coastline to the southern border with the United States. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.

Aboriginal peoples have inhabited what is now Manitoba for thousands of years. In the late 17th century, fur traders arrived in the area when it was part of Rupert's Land and owned by the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1869, negotiations for the creation of the province of Manitoba led to an armed uprising of the Métis people against the Government of Canada, a conflict known as the Red River Rebellion. The rebellion's resolution led to the Parliament of Canada passing the Manitoba Act in 1870 that created the province.

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Manitoba Legislative Building
The Manitoba Legislative Building is the meeting place of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba[1], in central Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was originally named the Manitoba Parliament Building, not Legislative[1]. The neoclassical building was completed in 1920 and stands seventy-seven meters tall (253 ft)[1]. It was designed and built by Frank Worthington Simon[2] and Henry Boddington III, along with other Masons and many skilled craftsmen. Frank Simon (1862-1933) was a former student at the École des Beaux-Arts[2] which taught students neoclassical art, architecture, geometry, drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving, philosophy, astronomy, and mythology[2]. The building is famous for the Golden Boy, a gold covered bronze statue based on the style of the Roman god Mercury, or the Greek god Hermes, at the top of the cupola, or domed ceiling.

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Alexandre-Antonin Taché
Alexandre-Antonin Taché (23 July 1823 – 22 June 1894) was a Roman Catholic priest, missionary of the Oblate order, author and the first Archbishop of Saint Boniface in the Canadian province of Manitoba.

In late 1844 Taché entered the Oblate novitiate. He soon expressed an urge to preach to the native population of the west and was sent to Saint Boniface in the Red River Colony along with Father Pierre Aubert. They went to work with Bishop Joseph-Norbert Provencher.

Provencher ordained Taché a priest on October 12, 1845. He studied the basics of the Ojibwe language and was sent to start a mission in Île-à-la-Crosse. Later, he also became proficient in Cree and Athabaskan. In 1847, Rome created the diocese of the North-West. In June 1850, Taché was named bishop of Arath and Provencher's successor at the age of 27. He only received the news of his appointment in January 1851. He was consecrated a bishop on November 23, 1851 in Marseille by Bishop Eugene de Mazenode. Provencher died on June 7, 1853, and Taché became the bishop of St. Boniface.

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  1. ^ a b c "The History", at the Legislative Tour, Province of Manitoba.
  2. ^ a b c "Frank Lewis Worthington Simon", at Dictionary of Scottish Architects.
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