Manitoba Communities: North Kildonan (Unincorporated Rural Municipality)
When the Rural Municipality of East Kildonan was created in 1914 it was a community divided. The south was interested in development and was investing large sums to expand civic services. The north, with a population of just 1000, was a rural enclave with many of its farms dating back to the Selkirk Settler era. Concerned about rising taxes, the north sought to split off. In 1925 the Rural Municipality of North Kildonan came into being with H. C. Whellams as its first Reeve along with councillors J. H. Coulter, L. De Jong, J. De Graaf, and A. M. McKay. North Kildonan was forced to assume nearly $100,000 in debt after the division. To pay it off, council vowed not to borrow money from banks, hired no permanent staff and operated out of rented property. When the debt was paid off in 1946, a celebratory banquet was held at the Marlborough Hotel.
In 1927-1928, a parcel of 20 acres of land was assembled near present-day Edison Avenue and Henderson Highway. It was subdivided into 21 lots and marketed to Mennonite settlers. From that initial collection of chicken farmers and commercial gardeners grew a strong community that by the time of amalgamation numbered 5,000 and still make up a strong part of the community’s fabric.
Post-Second World War suburban expansion brought development to North Kildonan. New housing, roads and schools were added and by the time it amalgamated with the city of Winnipeg in 1972 it boasted a population of 19,000. Its final council consisted of Mayor David W. Pekary with councilors Leo J. Rougeau, Harry Meronek, Charles A. Barry, and Barry J. Filbert.
Reeves and Mayors
Known originally as Reeve, the title of the chief executive officer of the municipality became Mayor in 1949.
Secretary-Treasurers / Clerks
Assistant Secretary-Treasurers / Clerks
Aldermen / Councillors
Manitoba Gazette, 1887-1959. Manitoba Legislative Library.
“North Kildonan now free of debt,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1946, page 3.
“Taxes made North Kildonan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1971, page 21.
North Kildonan History, Miles Macdonell Alumni Association.
Map of East and North Kildonan Municipalities, TimeLinks.
Rural Municipality of North Kildonan - Pathways, City of Winnipeg Archives.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 21 November 2017