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Dauphin is a small city in Manitoba, Canada, with a population of 7,906. The nearby lake was given the name "Dauphin" by the explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La VĂ©rendrye in 1741 in honour of the heir to the French throne. Settlers began arriving in the area in 1883 and two early settlements, Gartmore and "Old Dauphin" were established. With the coming of the railway in 1896 - the railline ran roughly halfway between the two villages - settlement shifted to the present site. The coming of the railroad also coincided with the beginning of Ukrainian settlement in the Dauphin area. Before that time, most arrivals had been of British extraction.

Incorporated as a village in 1898 and as a town in 1901, Dauphin became an important centre for the transportation of grain. Farming still plays a central role in the economy of the area, but its role has been greatly reduced. The current mayor of Dauphin is Eric Irwin, a Lawyer. Inky Mark, also a former high school teacher, is the current Member of Parliament for the Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette riding. Stan Struthers is the current Member of the Legislative Assembly and is the Minister of Conservation for the Province of Manitoba. Dauphin plays host to several summer festivals, including Dauphin's Countryfest, Canada's National Ukrainian Festival, and Jesus Manifest.

According to the 1996 Canadian census, Ukrainians constitute the largest single ethnic group in the City of Dauphin, with 41.04% of the city's population.

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