Historic Sites of Manitoba: Seven Oaks Monument (Main Street, Winnipeg)
Here at Frog Plain, on 19 June 1816, Robert Semple, Governor of the Red River Settlement, and about 26 men confronted a North West Company brigade from the Assiniboine River. Led by the young Métis clerk Cuthbert Grant, the Métis saw the settlement as a threat to their way of life. Semple, brave but obstinate, was prepared to insist on his authority as governor. Tempers flared. A shot was fired and Semple and twenty of his men were cut down. Regardless of what Grant’s plan had originally been, he was now committed to action, and went on to capture Fort Douglas, headquarters of the settlement.
This monument, erected by the Manitoba Historical Society in 1891, is the oldest historic marker in Western Canada. It also includes a 1951 plaque from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The new interpretive park around the monument, officially opened on 19 June 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the battle.
Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.
We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 15 August 2019
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