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Winnipeg - An Historic Meeting Place

"The Forks" - where two rivers meet
 in downtown Winnipeg
With 671,000 inhabitants, Winnipeg enjoys a rich population mix, with people from all corners of the world coming to make the city their new home.  With more than 50,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, Winnipeg has the largest Aboriginal community of any city in Canada.  Scottish settlers arrived in 1811, followed by English and French Canadians after the province of Manitoba joined the Canadian confederation in 1870, and then large numbers of Ukrainian, Icelandic and German immigrants.

Since the 1960's, immigration from Europe has given way to immigration from Central and South America, Asia and Africa.  Winnipeg's rich diversity is celebrated annually during two weeks of Folklorama when pavilions throughout the city offer the food, music and dance that express Canada's cultural mosaic and heritage.

"The Forks"

"The Forks" in downtown Winnipeg has been an important meeting place for more than 6,000 years. The city's name, which in the Cree language means `muddy waters,' flows from that history. The Forks is where the waters of the Red River and Assiniboine River come together—churning up muddy water—as part of a vast continental network of waterways that has encouraged trade,  transportation and settlement.

For centuries, aboriginal peoples came here to trade. European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters (descendants of European and Aboriginal people), Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants who flowed through the Forks onto the prairies, joined them. Today, The Forks is a dynamic setting in downtown Winnipeg where people gather for celebrations, recreation and to meet one another. This is where a Sunday ecumenical celebration will take place during the Assembly.

Winnipeg is the capital city of the province of Manitoba. The Canadian population stands at 31 million.  

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