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Saint Boniface Basilica Cathedral Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada   10

Saint Boniface Basilica Cathedral Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 10

Description : One of the most historically significant cemeteries in Western Canada, Saint-Boniface Cathedral Cemetery is the resting-place of some of Manitoba,s most important historical figures including Bishops Provencher and Taché, Louis Riel, and Chief One Arrow.

The cathedral cemetery was founded around the same time as the building of the first Saint-Boniface chapel in 1818. In all probability, many of the voyageurs, missionaries and early settlers who played an important role in the building of the Canadian West are buried here. Sadly, little remains to mark the graves of these people, as most graves of that time were marked by humble wooden crosses (long gone) and all burial records were lost in the 1860 fire that destroyed the third Saint-Boniface Cathedral. Since that date, records indicate that at least six thousand people have been buried here of which approximately half were children under the age of six. This surprising number of children speaks directly to the hardships the early pioneers of Manitoba faced, as it was the children who were the first to succumb to disease and the hard realities of prairie winters. I took a picture of one headstone, which marked the resting-place of no less than six children, the oldest being two years of age, the youngest, 28 days! All of these children died during the 1890,s.

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