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Tissot was part of the City of St. Boniface when it became part of the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

The neighbourhood of Tissot has a unique history that includes the construction, in 1917, of the Belgian Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on the north side of Plinguet Street. Because the great majority of Belgians were Roman Catholic and French-speaking, they settled in St. Boniface. It was natural, then, that they chose to attend St. Boniface Cathedral and Archbishop Béliveau designated a chapel in the Cathedral for their use. Sunday morning mass and catechism instruction on Sunday afternoon were heard in Flemish for many years. [1] As early as 1914, however, discussions were held at Le Club Belge on Provencher Boulevard regarding the establishment of a separate Belgian church. Events moved quickly an in 1916, Father Kwakman was appointed pastor and within the year the parish had been incorporated and Manitoba's first Belgian church had been built, named Sacred Heart. [2] In 1928, the Capuchins were invited to take over the parish. This group was a branch of the Franciscan Order who had worked in Acadia in the 17th century and later in Ontario. [3] The first Capuchin parish priest, Father Chrysostom, arrived in St. Boniface on October 30, 1928. This organization continued, but after World War II, numbers dwindled, the church was closed and demolished ca.1994. The cemetery still exists. There was also a footbridge across the Seine River for many years at the foot of Plinguet Street.

[1] K. Wilson and J.B. Wyndels, The Belgians in Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB: Peguis Publishers, 1976), p. 49.

[2] Ibid., p. 50. 

[3] Ibid., p. 52.