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Centennial gala to mark momentous occasion

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 23/12/2015 (1490 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A momentous Canadian human rights milestone will take place on Jan. 28, 2016: 100 years ago on that day, Manitoba women were the first in Canada and the British Commonwealth to be awarded the right to vote and to hold provincial office. 

This enfranchisement of Manitoba women can be regarded today as the first of a series of sweeping changes that ultimately allowed women to take their rightful place in our democratic society.

In celebration of this pivotal milestone in Canadian history, on Jan. 28, 2016 the Nellie McClung Foundation, in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be hosting a centennial gala — Celebrating 100 years of Manitoba Women’s Right to Vote. I hope you are among those joining us to kick off these celebrations in Canada. 

This once-in-a-lifetime event will be held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, with Manitoba Lt. Gov. Janice Filmon as guest speaker.  The highlight of the evening’s program will be the presentation of the inaugural Nellie Awards (The Nellies), presented in part by the Winnipeg Free Press, recognizing Manitoba women who have followed Nellie McClung’s footsteps through their work in social justice, women’s and human rights. 

Another part of these celebrations is The Manitoba Museum’s new travelling exhibit, Nice Women Don’t Want The Vote. The exhibit looks at some of the ways Manitoba and Canada have struggled to provide full voting rights for all its citizens. It opened on Nov. and will run until April 10, 2016.  The Manitoba Museum thanks the people with connections to the suffragist movement who donated and loaned artifacts and stories for this exhibit.

In keeping with the spirit of the past, we are hoping to see not only women at the gala, but also men as many have been part of this journey.

The gala on Jan. 28 is almost sold out.  I encourage you to snap up the last seats to celebrate this momentous moment in Manitoba and Canadian history and join us at the gala. Tickets may be purchased on the Nellie McClung website at www.ournellie.org. You will meet many inspiring women at this event.  

Myrna Driedger

Myrna Driedger
Charleswood constituency report

Myrna Driedger is the PC MLA for Charleswood.

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