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Did you know May 12 was Manitoba Day?
The Province of Manitoba was created on May 12, 1870, when the Manitoba Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada and received royal assent. The act was subsequently proclaimed on July 15, 1870 when Manitoba entered into Confederation and became Canada’s fifth province.
On May 12, 1970, Manitoba marked its centennial with much fanfare. Since that time, the annual celebration of Manitoba Day has grown and 2015 marked the province’s 145th anniversary!
This year, many Manitobans celebrated Manitoba Day early with a great event on May 9 at The Manitoba Museum (manitobamuseum.ca) in Winnipeg.
The museum welcomed nearly 6,000 visitors that day to an arts, culture and heritage fair featuring Heritage Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the City of Winnipeg Archives, the Living Prairie Museum, the Manitoba Archaeological Society, Friends of Upper Fort Garry, Canada’s National History Society, and many more.
Military drill performances, by living history groups La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and the Forces of Lord Selkirk, took place outside.
In addition, the museum hosted The Great Manitoba Day Cake-Off (or Cake-itoba), a competition whereby a number of fine Manitoba bakeries contributed Manitob- themed cakes, which were then judged by discerning guests.
The winning cake was that of Transcona’s Dolce Bake Shop (2B – 1565 Regent Ave. W.)
Many Manitobans celebrated Manitoba Day at a special event held on May 12 at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum.
The Son of Red River — Father of Manitoba exhibit as well as Parks Canada’s new portable exhibit, Stories from Riel House — Riel House National Historic Site, were both open to visitors and Parks Canada staff were offering air-brushed Louis Riel tattoos to visitors.
For your information: The Prairie Crocus is Manitoba’s floral emblem... and the Plains Bison is Manitoba’s official animal... the name Manitoba comes from the Cree Man-into-wahpaow, which means the narrows of the Great Spirit... legend states that the name Manitoba was suggested by Métis leader Louis Riel, who is known, of course, as the Father of Manitoba.
Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.