Legacies of Confederation
Start date: 9 February, 2017
End date: 7 January, 2018
Explore the reaction of Red River residents when their homeland was purchased by Canada. See the irrevocable changes to their land – the land that became Manitoba. Learn about the consequences for Manitobans after they entered Confederation in 1870. Discover the iconic artifacts that tell their story.
Nature of the Project Reach
The project, Legacies of Confederation, is a new exhibit at the Manitoba Museum on display to our 300,000 visitors each year, including 90,000 school groups.
Following Confederation, the population of Manitoba increased tenfold over the next 30 years as a huge influx of settlers from Ontario and Europe swamped the province. Visitors to the exhibit will learn that the Prairie ecology was transformed forever and discover how this surge of immigrants marginalized First Nations and Métis inhabitants, overthrowing relationships established during a two hundred year history of trade.