Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 31, 2015 19:21 ET

Helping Preserve and Present Metis History and Culture

Metis National Heritage Centre at Upper Fort Garry receives federal funding

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on behalf of the Government of Canada is providing $998,537 in funding to the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) to support the creation of its Métis National Heritage Centre located at the Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park. Funding is provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage which seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.

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Quick Facts

  • The Métis National Heritage Centre will present the history of the Métis Nation and their significant role in the development of Canada. Through exhibitions, workshops, presentations and community gatherings held at the centre, the MMF will continue to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Métis people
  • Upper Fort Garry, built between 1834 and 1837, was the centre of trade for an area that was larger than Eastern Europe and was the administrative and judicial body of the Red River Settlement, which was governed by the Hudson's Bay Company.
  • It was also the site where Louis Riel formed the Metis-led Provisional Government which led to Manitoba entering Confederation as a province.
  • In 2013-14 and 2014-15, more than $41 million was provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help fund 160 projects in 91 communities across Canada.

"Canada's first Métis National Heritage Centre will give Canadians the opportunity to learn about the important role the Metis people played in shaping our country. On the road to the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017, let us celebrate everything that makes Canada strong, proud and free". As a proud Metis woman, I am thrilled to support the MMF in their quest to educate Canadians about our heritage".

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"We are pleased to be receiving support from the Government of Canada towards the development of the Métis National Heritage Centre. We would like to thank Minister Glover and the Department of Canadian Heritage for this financial contribution and we look forward to receiving further assistance from other governmental and private sponsors."

-David Chartrand, Manitoba Metis Federation

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Manitoba Metis Federation

Upper Fort Garry

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Roxanne Carriere
    A/Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage
    204-228-8866
    roxanne.carriere@pch.gc.ca

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