We are stewards.
The Forks, located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Indigenous peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Scottish settlers, railway pioneers, and tens of thousands of immigrants.
Recognizing this rich history, The Forks Renewal Corporation takes its role as the current steward of this place seriously. In all areas of business operations, including the development of Railside, The Forks is committed to honouring the land and the people who have met here throughout history.
In the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018, The Forks’ consulting archaeologists undertook a pre-development heritage survey of the Railside lands. This survey work recommended that archaeological monitoring be done during the construction phase.
The Forks is committed to protecting and preserving the history of the Railside lands by mandating that there be no basements or underground parking as a part of the development.
Our approach to archaeology.
In addition to the past surveys and archaeological digs, The Forks is committed to preserving, managing, and commemorating the cultural heritage that is integral to this place.
Railside, like all development projects at The Forks, will follow the standards for archaeological monitoring and protection as outlined by the Manitoba Heritage Resource Act. The goals of the The Forks Heritage Interpretive Plan include:
- To identify, preserve, and protect heritage resources at The Forks
- To promote interpretation of heritage resources at The Forks
- To encourage community participation in the development and operation of heritage interpretive programming at The Forks