Street names in Phase 1 of Bison Run honour a diverse cross section of prominent Manitobans who have made a lasting impression on our province through their remarkable achievements.
John Bracken (1883-1969) is the longest serving Premier in Manitoba, holding the office for twenty-one years from 1922 to 1943 as a member of the Liberal-Progressive party. He also led the province through a period of tumultuous politics, the Great Depression and much of the second World War. Mr Bracken also served as Leader of the Federal Conservative Party of Canada from 1942 to 1948 and Leader of the Official Opposition (in office) from 1945 to 1948.
Inez Stevenson (1929-1981) served as a school trustee on the Winnipeg School Board and was the second black woman ever to be elected to office in Canada. She also served with the Canadian reserve militia.
Requested by Anis Khan: Pakistan Business Association of Manitoba, Dr. Allama Iqbal (1877-1938) was a poet, philosopher, and politician as well as an academic, barrister, and scholar. Iqbal is admired as a prominent poet by Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, and other international scholars of literature.
Joe Keeper Way
Joseph Benjamin Keeper, a member of the Norway House Cree Nation, was born at Walker Lake, Manitoba in 1886. He attended Brandon Indian Residential School, where he showed an enthusiasm for long-distance running. This eventually led him to qualifying for the 1912 Summer Olympics at Stockholm, Sweden. His fourth and ninth place finishes in the 10,000 and 5,000 metre runs was the best result ever for a Canadian runner in those events. He was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Keeper also served for two years in France during WWI, receiving The Military Medal, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. During the war, he competed and won an inter-Allied cross country championship near Vimy Ridge and served, alongside other First Nations long-distance runners, as a dispatch carrier for the 107th Pioneer Battalion.
The Karschuk family are long-time residents of Winnipeg, owing land on Cadboro Rd. in the Waverley West area. For over 25 years, the family has been dedicated to delivering large scale construction projects using innovative best practices. They continue to make significant contributions to Winnipeg and Manitoba’s infrastructure, employing hundreds of Manitobans and delivering high quality, environmentally responsible construction work. The Karschuk family is also recognized for their philanthropic contributions to many Winnipeg causes.
Shahina Siddiqui is the founder and Executive Director of the Islamic Social Services Association based in Winnipeg, and the Chair of Islamic History Month Canada.
Yasmin Ali Crescent
Born in Trinidad, created the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute (CMWI) and oversaw the creation of the first and only halal food bank in Winnipeg.