In 1967, to celebrate the Canadian Centennial, local members of the 4H Busy Bees and Beavers of the Boy Scouts of Canada chose to do a flag review for their Achievement Night. The children traced their ancestry back to their “roots” when their ancestors emigrated to Canada to seek a better life. The flags the members carried for their review represented each country as it existed around the 1800’s and early 1900’s – the time of immigration.
The flag bearers were spotlighted as they came down from a curtained stage, each carrying the flag of his ancestors. All flags were dipped to honour the Canadian flag raised high, while everyone sang “O Canada”. Also that year they formed the Guard of Honour for the Voyageurs who were retracing the water routes of the original Voyageurs that came our way.
In 1970, to celebrate Manitoba’s Centennial year, the flags were again on review on the Lac du Bonnet float in the Red River Exhibition Parade in Winnipeg.
Flags in the Heritage Series fly in front of the Community Centre Complex on McArthur Avenue, opposite Second Street in Lac du Bonnet. The flags are flown in alphabetical order and changed every 6 weeks. A descriptive panel about the flag is located close to the flag pole.
Flags of the Nations
The Manitoba Act, which created the Province of Manitoba, was passed by the Parliament of Canada, and received Royal Assent on May 12, 1870. The act was proclaimed on July 15, 1870, when Manitoba joined Canadian Confederation as its fifth province.