Rural Municipality of Hanover

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The Location of the RM of Hanover in southern Manitoba

Hanover is a rural municipality in southeastern Manitoba, Canada, southeast of Winnipeg. It is located in Division No. 2. The city of Steinbach is located in the northeastern part of the municipality, although it is self-governing and is not technically part of the Hanover R.M. Also, the independent Town of Niverville lies between its northwest corner and the Rural Municipality of Ritchot.

History[edit]

The area of Hanover was part of the traditional lands of the Anishinabe, Ojibway speaking natives of the area. In the summer of 1871 the federal government signed treaties with these people putting them on reserves like the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation to the south and the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation to the north.[1]

From these lands the Manitoba government set aside the East Reserve of which was slightly smaller than what is now the RM of Hanover. The East Reserve was set aside for the new Russian Mennonite immigrants coming to the province.[2] In 1880 the province created the RM of Hespeler in honour of William Hespeler, who had brought many of the Mennonite immigrants to the area. The RM of Hanover was created on May 25, 1881 during the same time when most of the province was reorganizing itself into new rural municipalities.[2] In 1881 the East Reserve was divided into 2 municipalities, Hespeler in the north and Hanover in the south. In 1890 the two municipalities merged in order to form the single municipality of Hanover.[2]

The primary settlers were as mentioned Russian Mennonites, Germans, Ukrainians, French, and Anglo Saxons.[2]

Demographics[edit]

According to the Canada 2006 Census:[3]

  • Population: 11,871
  • % Change (2001–2006): 10
  • Area (km²): 740.31
  • Density (persons per km²): 16.0

Communities[edit]

Steinbach (upper) and Blumenort (lower) as seen from the air.

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Coordinates: 49°26′36″N 96°50′57″W / 49.44333°N 96.84917°W / 49.44333; -96.84917