Seven Oaks Bicentenary

 

You are invited to attend several events commemorating the Battle of Seven Oaks.

The anniversary events of Sunday, June 19th, 2016, will begin at 1:30 in the afternoon with a Parks Canada ribbon-cutting at the renewed Seven Oaks Memorial attended by several government dignitaries. After that there will be a Commemorative Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliation just down Main Street at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, located on the banks of the Red River at 135 Anderson Avenue (seating is limited to 400 people).  This is where the first Selkirk Settlers who died in the winter of 1812 are buried, and quite likely many of those killed in June of 1816.  Hosted jointly by both original churches in Manitoba this service will commemorate all the dead at the tragic struggle at Seven Oaks on Frog Plain, and the suffering of the whole community. The service will also give thanks for healing and reconciliation, and pray for continued healing and reconciliation among all the peoples of Manitoba and Canada.

Following the commemorative prayer service there will be a feast, with free food for more than 1,000 guests shared in joyful community at St. John’s Park, just south of the Cathedral, thanks to the great generosity of the new North West Company.

After the feast we will enjoy an evening of multi-cultural entertainment in the same venue.  Many groups will be perform songs and dances with representation from the First Nations, including the descendants of Chief Peguis and his people, the great Metis Nation, and descendants of the Lord Selkirk Settlers.  Traditional music will be featured, including performances on drums, pipes, and fiddles, etc.


SPECIAL NOTE: FREE TICKETS, ONE PER PERSON, IN PERSON, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ST. JOHN’S PARK, MAIN AND MOUNTAIN, BETWEEN NORTH MAIN AND THE RED RIVER, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE SHELTER, AT 5:00 P.M. NOT BEFORE. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

SCHEDULE:

1:30 p.m.
Parks Canada event at Seven Oaks Memorial
Open to all
North Main and Rupertsland, across from the IGA

3:00 p.m.
Commemorative Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliation at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
Seating is available for 400 participants
135 Anderson Avenue, just north of St. John’s Park by the River

5:00 p.m.
Community Feast
Free tickets, one per person, in person
St. John's Park, just south of St. John's Anglican Cathedral


7:00 p.m.
Community Concert
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, etc.
St. John's Park, just south of St. John's Anglican Cathedral


The St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg is one of the sponsors of this event.

 

For more information on the history and the event itself please visit St. John's Cathedral's website where they discuss the Seven Oaks/La Grenouillière Bicentary.

Seven Oaks Monument

By J Hazard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons