City news in brief for Jan. 25, 2023


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Nominations open for Lt.-Gov. Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion

Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Anita Neville has asked the public to nominate Manitobans for an award for those who have worked throughout their lifetimes to preserve and promote Manitoba history.

The award is presented in consultation with the Manitoba Historical Society.

“Since 2011, this award has formally recognized Manitobans who have spent countless hours preserving and promoting the history of this great province for the benefit of us all,” Neville said. “I encourage you to recognize an outstanding volunteer in your community by nominating them for this award.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Historical Preservation and Promotion are presented to those with experience in such endeavours as:

• writing of historical publications and documents;

• stewardship of museums and archives;

• raising of public education, advocacy and awareness;

• committee or community service;

• preservation of historic sites/buildings; and

• art and media.

As the oldest historical organization in Western Canada, founded in 1879, the Manitoba Historical Society publishes the journal Prairie History and operates a comprehensive website of historical information. It also presents awards to businesses, farms and organizations that have operated for over 100 years, and recognizes important historical books with its annual Margaret McWilliams Awards.

The MHS will receive nominations from the public and will recommend up to five individuals to receive historical preservation and promotion wards this year. Two awards will be reserved for emerging historians (mid-30s and younger). Nominations must be received by Fri., April 1 and the awards will be presented at Government House later in the spring

Paid professionals in the field of history and heritage will not be considered.

Nomination forms and further details of the award program are available on the websites of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba ( and the Manitoba Historical Society (

Cool Digs community snow fort building competition opens Feb. 1

Storefront Manitoba and the Winnipeg Trails Association are hosting Cool Digs, a city-wide snow fort building competition.

“This is the first iteration of this competition and we hope to animate the whole city with temporary winter structures, contributing to Winnipeg’s unique winter character, celebrating winter, and bringing Winnipeggers together for some design-related fun,” organizers wrote in a release.

Cool Digs is open both to community groups and designers. The community stream is open to “anyone and everyone.” Groups are invited to register online and to build a fort at a location of their choosing, and provide photo weekly updates to Instagram by tagging #cooldigs @winnipegtrails @storefrontmb for the chance to win weekly prizes.

Designers were invited to submit proposals for “an alternative to the traditional winter fort” in public spaces by Jan. 20. Six entries will be selected, with each winner receiving a $1,000 honorarium. Forts are to be built by Feb. 15, and will be featured on a map for the Winter Cities Conference, which is being held in Winnipeg Feb. 15 to 17.

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— Staff

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