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Location: NW corner Marion & Traverse; East Face

Occupant: Scotiabank

District: St. Boniface

Neighbourhood: Central St. Boniface

Artist(s): Beverlee Bedford (Dove Design)

Year: 2000

Sponsors: Norwood Grove BIZ

 

Beverlee Bedford: "Scotiabank were the client. There had been a piece about my work in the community newspaper and I believe that's where they found out about me. They wanted to stick with the theme of Old St. Boniface icons: from the French explorers the La Verendrye family to the Grey Nuns and Fort Gibraltar. For La Verendrye I found a stamp image that I was really intrigued with and included it."

"This was airbrush again. I was aiming for simplistic representations. Because of my graphic art training, I added the lettering in a graphic style. Each of them had its own look. My favourites of the four were the Grey Nuns and La Verendrye. My partner Don and I installed them in late October."

Photo 2: The Grey Nuns: The Sisters of Charity of Montreal (The Grey Nuns) were founded by Saint Marguerite d'Youville. On the morning of June 21, 1844, the first four sisters to arrive in St.Boniface were Sisters Valade, Lagrave, Coutlee and Lafrance. They assisted Bishop Provencher in all the works of the young colony: teaching, nursing, and bringing comfort to the poor. For more information on the Grey Nuns please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Nuns

Photo 3: Fort Gibraltar: Fort Gibraltar, built in St. Boniface in 1809, was a major trading centre for the North West Company; and a major thorn in the side for its rival, the Hudson's Bay Company. More information about the Fort is available on Festival de Voyageur's excellent website, http://festivalvoyageur.mb.ca/festival-du-voyageur/

Photo 4: La Verendrye: Pierre Gaultier de La Verendrye, born in Quebec in 1685 (he died in Montreal in 1749), is important in Canadian discovery as he was one of the first North American born explorers to search out the details of his native continent. He extended trade with discoveries to Lakes Winnipeg, Manitoba and Winnipegosis; searched for the much advertised Mer de l'Ouest, or Western Sea; and from 1731 to 1743 traded through much of these northwest territories based around the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. They travelled to the Mandans on the Missouri River in 1738-39. They built eight posts in the interior, including Fort la Reine. In 1743, two of his sons made a great western journey that took them as far as the Bighorn range of the Rockies, east of Yellowstone Park, and to the Black Hills of South Dakota.