Research and Education

An exceptional source of information

The Centre du patrimoine houses over 700 archival collections/fonds, a library of nearly 13,000 titles, and collections of microfilms and periodicals.

In addition, since 2001, the Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SHSB) has added modules and resources to its website that document the history of Francophones and Métis in Western Canada.

To help you navigate all this wealth of information, here is a brief guide to our most popular collections, services and resources.

What are you looking for?

General Historical Information

Looking for general information about people, places or events in our history? Visit our Encyclopedia of Prairie History.

Archival Holdings

To find documents, photographs, sound recordings (oral history), maps and more housed at the Centre du patrimoine, search our archival holdings by clicking on the button below. Once in the browser you can limit your results to the archives by choosing the Archives source.

If the items have been digitized and made available on the website, you will be able to view/hear them directly online. If not, you can come and consult them on site or, if it is possible for us to make them, order copies.


Modules that have been created for educational purposes have been integrated into the Encyclopedia of Prairie History. When you explore this section of the website, these modules will be identified as such.

Note that presently, these modules exist only in French.

Voyageurs Contracts

Looking for our collection of Voyageur contracts? Visit the Voyageurs Contracts page for more information about the collection or go directly to the database by clicking on the button below. Once in the browser you will be able to narrow your results to this collection by selecting Voyageurs as the source.

La Liberté online

Over 100 years of La Liberté (Manitoba’s French weekly newspaper since 1913) has been digitized and made available on the web through the Prairies by Peel project. For more information about the project, to see the search help and to access the database, go to this page of our website:


Do you want to order a genealogy book for your family or order a Proof of Métis Ancestry for a citizenship application from the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF)?

Do you want to do some genealogical research on your own?

Visit the Genealogical Services section to find all the details.


The Centre du patrimoine’s library contains several collections: reference books, genealogical resources, rare books, plays, textbooks, periodicals and articles. To search the catalog, select Library as the source in our collections browser.

Please note that our library books and resources cannot be borrowed outside the Centre.

“The Battle of Seven Oaks was an armed confrontation between about sixty horsemen, mostly Métis, led by Cuthbert Grant, a clerk for the North West Company, and the governor of the colony, Robert Semple, who was accompanied by several officers of the Hudson’s Bay Company and a few colonists.”

This site is registered on as a development site.