An important turning point in the history of Manitoba: English is declared the province’s only official language

During the same period, a bill to abolish religious duality is passed.

Nevertheless, the Manitoba Francophone community continued to grow and develop. To the Métis and French Canadians were added French, Belgian and Swiss settlers from French-speaking Europe.

Living in rural parishes that were nearly exclusively Francophone, or in St. Boniface, a French-speaking urban centre near the Manitoban capital, Franco-Manitobans controlled their economic, educational, social and cultural destiny until the 1950s.