WINNIPEG, May 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Thomas Douglas, the 5th Earl of Selkirk, dreamed of offering Scottish and Irish farmers their
own land to work and encouraging western expansion. 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.
While the settlers expected an unpopulated wilderness, they found
established Aboriginal, trader communities, hardship and uneasy
loyalties. Those Red River settlers planted the first grain crops in
the prairies and built relationships with neighbouring Aboriginals. Two
hundred years later, the original settlement is the City of Winnipeg.
The stamp we issue today honours both the dream and the subsequent
growth of our country that it inspired.
"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."
The stamp depicts various kinds of people involved with the initial wave
of settlement. They are not drawn as individuals but as abstract
representations of the different characters and ethnic groups in the
area at that time. Métis, local trappers, a native Chief and the
settlers, each playing a role in the establishment of this progressive
colony, are represented on the 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."
About the stamp
The Red River Settlement stamp measures 45 mm x 25.5 mm (horizontal)
with 13+ perforations and is printed by Canadian Bank Note on Tullis
Russell paper using lithography in five colours. They are general
tagged on all four sides. The official first day cover will be
cancelled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The stamps are available in panes of
Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the news
section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are
also available. Stamps and other products will be available at
participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the
links at canadapost.ca/collecting, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and
the USA, call toll-free 1-800-565-4362, and from other countries, call
SOURCE Canada Post
For further information:
Brayden Akers, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)