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History of Seven Oaks

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Seven Oaks was part of the City of Winnipeg when it amalgamated with surrounding municipalities to form the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

Few neighbourhoods in the City of Winnipeg can claim to have been the site of more important events in Canadian history than Seven Oaks. It is the location of Western Canada's earliest permanent, European residential settlements, its non-First Nations occupation dates to the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers in 1812-1813. It is also part of the Scotia Street area, a tight-knit region located between Main Street and the Red River from St. John'sPark to KildonanPark.

But its most important historical connection is to the Battle of Seven Oaks that occurred there in 1816. It was a pivotal event in Canadian history, when a group of well-armed, well-trained Métis were met by a collection of farmers and settlers under the leadership of Governor Robert Semple. It was the climax of months of discord in the Settlement and when the battle was over, Semple and 20 of his men had been killed and one of the Métis was also dead. It was a true assertion of Métis nationhood and self-determination that would continue to grow throughout the Settlement and lead to the confrontation with the Dominion Government, the Riel Rebellion of 1869. Because of this, it is often referred to as the "Birth of the Métis Nation."