Author: Marc Zienkiewicz

Fun Facts About our First People: The 1817 Treaty

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Selkirk Treaty map of 1817

Just outside Lac du Bonnet lies Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. An Anishinaabe First Nation, it is home to over 1,700 people, including an on-reserve population of around 600. The main reserve is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of St. Clements, except for a small lakeshore portion on Lake Winnipeg. Continue reading “Fun Facts About our First People: The 1817 Treaty”

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The Man Who Actually WAS Here

The Man Who Actually WAS Here

This European explorer actually did pass through Lac du Bonnet.

Now that we’ve cleared up a thing or two about the truth behind La Verendrye’s connection to Lac du Bonnet, we turn our attention to someone whom history notes really did pass through the area now called Lac du Bonnet. Continue reading “The Man Who Actually WAS Here”

He’s Synonymous with our Region, but La Verendrye was Probably Never Here

He’s Synonymous with our Region, but La Verendrye was Probably Never Here

It’s hard to believe that a man who likely never set foot in Lac du Bonnet could be such a legend ’round these parts. French Canadian fur trader and explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, usually known simply as La Verendrye, literally put what would become Western Canada on the map during his search in the 1700s for a trade route to China. Continue reading “He’s Synonymous with our Region, but La Verendrye was Probably Never Here”