August 2017

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5 The promise of The Pas

Manitoba is a treasure trove waiting to be unwrapped Dorothy Dobbie


raditionally, Manitobans have viewed the North as a vast, empty hinterland of muskeg, snow and damned poor sledding, topped off by an icy northern seashore teeming with polar bears roaming on rock and lichen. This view has been sup- ported by a lack of access, real and perceived, and very little real promotion. If and when we do venture in that direction, we often go by air, which offers a vantage point that underlines the impres- sion of uninhabitable wasteland, dotted with a couple of mines and some indigenous reserves. Farming at The Pas

Travelling overland by car tells another story, a story of unclaimed wealth and possibility so exciting it makes the heart race.

The Pas, the Gateway to the North, holds many surprises. For southerners, recent threats of saw- mill and paper-processing plant closures instill a picture of end-

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Black Angus beef from The Pas is sold in Canada's best restaurants.

less and somewhat unproductive small-wood forests. Driving along Highway 10 (smooth as glass for the most part) does little to dis- pel this notion. The road is lined on either side by thick forests of poplar and spruce, occasionally opening to reveal a brief glimpse of Lake Winnipegosis. But behind that forested façade as you near The Pas in the Car-

rot River Valley is a sea of wealth, 100,000 acres of it, in the form of rich, black earth – 15 metres deep and in some places even deeper – deposited there over eons by the rivers that flow through the land. The Pasquia and the Carrot riv- ers both flow through the valley and into the mighty Saskatchewan very near the town.

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Chief Peguis and the Selkirk settlers: 200 years of reverence

2017 marks the 200th anniversary since the signing of the Selkirk Treaty between Chief Peguis and Lord Selkirk. Even after two centuries, Chief Peguis is still held in the highest esteem by the descendants of Mani- toba’s first homesteaders.

ow miserable does life have to be to drive people to a wilderness that is 5,633 kilo- metres away from home and filled with unknown dangers? For the people who became the Selkirk settlers anything was better than what they were suffering.


Perhaps that is, in part, what drove Lord Selkirk’s settlers and the people of Chief Peguis together here on the banks of the Red River. They were both emi- grants, looking to make a new life away from a place

of strife and upheaval, but the Plains Ojibwa were a strong, resilient people who, in spite of their prow- ess in war, believed in helping others. The settlers from Scotland, on the other hand, had been worn down through a long period of displace- ment. After a religious war, the Jacobite Rising, ended in 1746, Highlanders had to surrender their swords. They were forbidden to wear the kilt or their clan tartans. Their language was discouraged. In 1762, Admiral John Ross started clearing his land of tenants to make way for herds of sheep. During the period from 1783 to 1821, it is estimated that 500,000 Scottish Highlanders were displaced from the homes they had occupied for over 1,000 years, their landlords sometimes burning them out and u 5 'Chief Peguis'

After the excitement of the games Winnipeg will benefit from new and enhanced sport facilities that will assist our own athletes here at home for years to come. Photo courtesy of Canada Summer Games.

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are professional athletes within their fields, most are Olympic champions and all of them are Can- ada Games alumni.


This summer, Winnipeg has the honour of hosting the Canada Summer Games which will feature 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the games, previous host cities and notable alumni. Winnipeg will welcome over 4,000 ath- letes and coaches as well as more than 20,000 visitors coming to attend the games. It is our chance to shine and showcase our fabulous city and province, to show the rest of Canada what Manitoba summers are all about.

The 2017 Canada Games are co-hosted by Treaty 1 and Treaty 3 Indigenous People and the Manitoba Métis Federation. Cultural guid- ance was kindly provided by many elders and grandmothers, traditional knowledge keepers and healers and organized by Turtle Lodge, the International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness.

“The games started out as a way to unify the country and celebrate our cultural diversity. With this being such a momentous year, we may be hosting the largest gathering of youth in one loca- tion,” says Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO of

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