Saint Boniface is a subdivision of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was founded in 1818 by group of French Missionaries. Since then it has become a center of French-Canadian Roman Catholic cultural and religious life. It is also the birth place of Louis Riel, the Metis leader who founded Manitoba. Saint Boniface lives up to its French heritage. It came to be known as a city in 1908. Since it is a French Community, it has often been a center of controversies to preserve the French Canadian language and heritage within Manitoba.