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Manitoba Organization: St. Boniface College / University of St. Boniface

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Founded in 1818 by Roman Catholic cleric Joseph Norbert Provencher, the St. Boniface College (now the Université de Saint-Boniface) was the first post-secondary educational institution in Western Canada. Incorporated formally in 1871, it joined with other religious colleges, St. John’s College (Anglican) and Manitoba College (Presbyterian) in 1877 to establish the University of Manitoba which initially served merely to confer degree on those trained by the member colleges, but later assumed responsibility for its own teaching.

The college offered baccalaureate programs in Arts and Education, and has periodically offered non-credit courses in such topics in business administration, accounting, and adult education.

The original St. Boniface College building was built in stages between 1880 and 1902. It was destroyed by fire on 25 November 1922, along with all its records and library holdings. Operations were moved to the St. Boniface Seminary on Cathedral Avenue, which remains its location today.

Rectors

Period

Rector

?-?

Louis-Raymond Giroux (1841-1911)

1884-1889

Francois Azarie Dugas (1852-?)

1889-1910

?

1910-1912

Joseph Carriere (1871-?)

1912-1913

Gustave Jean (1872-?)

1913-?

Edouard Lecompte

?-1917

Mgr. Gagnieur (?-1921)

1917-?

?

?-1925

Henri Bourque (1868-1943)

1925-1938

?

1938

J. Antonio Beliveau

1938-?

?

?-1954

Jean d’Auteutl Richard (?-?)

1954-1960

Joseph Oscar Boily (1909-?)

1960-?

Guy Fortier

?-?

?

?-1969

Maurice Richer

1969-1970

Rev. Stephane Valiquette

1970-?

Roger Saint-Denis

?-c1981

?

c1981

Claude Thibault

Principals

Period

Principal

1875-1881

Andre-Augustin Forget Despatis (1835-1881)

Presidents

Period

President

1881-1884

Alphonsus Avila Cherrier (1849-1935)

1884-?

?

?-2014

Raymonde Gagné

2014-2019

?

2019-?

Sophie Bouffard

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface College / Universite de Saint-Boniface (200 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface College Kitchen Wing Fire Plaque (607 Rue Langevin, Winnipeg)

Université de Saint-Boniface

MHS Centennial Organization: University of Manitoba

Sources:

“New Rector of St. Boniface College,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 April 1913.

“New Rector appointed for college,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 September 1969, page 4.

“College gets new Rector,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1970.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 December 2021

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