Canada Post has issued a commemorative stamp honouring the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Red River Settlement.
The stamp depicts various kinds of people involved with the initial wave of settlement that began with Thomas Douglas, the fifth Earl of Selkirk’s dream of offering disenfranchised Scottish and Irish farmers their own land to work.
That dream became a reality in 1812, when the first wave of settlers reached Assiniboia — or the Red River Settlement, as it would come to be known.
“The Red River Settlement is a source of pride for Manitobans, and formed the basis of what our province is today,” said the Honourable Steven Fletcher, minister of state (Transport) and member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia. “I am pleased Canada Post is honouring our shared heritage with this important stamp.”
Mary Traversy, senior vice-president, Mail, for Canada Post said, “The complexity of the situation in 1812 is expressed visually. The mood of the stamp is not a joyous or happy one; the low clouds are ominous and perhaps representative of stormy times to come.”