June 21, 2018
Released: 10:00 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today, City of Winnipeg employees will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day at the City Hall courtyard, located at 510 Main St. National Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes and honours the cultures of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.
“National Indigenous Day is about celebrating the contributions Indigenous people have made to Canada, Manitoba, and Winnipeg in every field and every endeavor,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It’s also about celebrating traditions – in teachings, music, dance, and art – that have enriched and continue to enrich our country and city’s culture and heritage, and on behalf of my Council colleagues I want to offer our best wishes to each and every member of Winnipeg’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.”
The City’s National Indigenous Peoples Day event starts at 11:30 a.m., with a welcoming prayer and smudge teaching by Elder Carol Moar, followed by statements from dignitaries. There will be a variety of Indigenous dance, music, and visual art performers.
In addition to an ongoing commitment to the Journey to Reconciliation, the City has carried out the following initiatives:
- Annual signing of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord on June 20, 2018.
- Indigenous Cultural Week lunch hour workshops held the week of June 18-22, 2018.
- Ongoing support for Oshki Annishinabe Nigaaniwak, the City’s Indigenous Youth Strategy.
- The continued implementation of the five Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action related to municipalities.
For more information the City’s Indigenous initiatives, please visit City of Winnipeg - Indigenous Relations Division.
Released: 1:30 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Register for a family Theme Day activity at the Living Prairie Museum. Free, family Theme Days take place on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting on July 5 until August 23.
Activities include a presentation on a prairie topic followed by an activity. Our one-hour programs are best suited for ages 5 – 11. Please dress for the conditions!
Registration is available two weeks prior to each Theme Day. Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members may register at any time. Registration is limited to families; child care groups may book an education program by appointment.
July 5 – Outstanding Owls: Come learn about local owl species and dissect their pellets to discover their prey.
July 12 – Ludicrous Lepidoptera: Learn lots about moths, butterflies, and their differences. Make your own wings!
July 19 – Super Powered Species: Explore some of the outstanding adaptations of our prairie species and build your own superhero.
July 26 – Invasive Investigation: Unravel the mystery of who is damaging our prairie. Identify which invasive species are the culprits.
August 2 – Burgeoning Birders Blitz: Join our introduction to birding! Learn about our backyard species and how to recognize them.
August 9 – Brilliant Bison Behaviour: Discover one of the prairie’s keystone species, how they survive, and how they used to rule the land.
August 16 – Citizen Science: Explore the tall grass prairie through the eyes of a scientist. Learn the field skills to be a prairie ecologist.
August 23 – Magnificent Microbes: Take a peek into the world of microbes – those fantastic engines of life in grasslands. Make your own microbe puppet!
Contact the museum at 204-832-0167 to register.
The Living Prairie Museum is located at 2795 Ness Ave.
For more information about the Living Prairie Museum, visit City of Winnipeg – Living Prairie Museum