'Manidoo Miiniigooizowin: A Gift from the Creator' Special Opening Reception

‘Manidoo Miiniigooizowin: A Gift from the Creator’ Special Opening Reception

A promo image for exhibit 'Manidoo Miiniigooizowin: A Gift from the Creator'. On a bright blue background to the left, below a large

Members of the media are invited to the Manitoba Museum where the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) are hosting a special reception to celebrate the opening of Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator.

Manidoo Miiniigooizowin is a new curated exhibition that honours the beauty and resilience of the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples of southern Manitoba while also commemorating SCO’s 25th anniversary.

The exhibit is the first of several events SCO has planned to recognize and celebrate our 25 years of advocacy and service.

SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels along with exhibition co-curators Amanda McLeod (Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation) and Dr. Amelia Fay will be available for interviews.

The following exhibition contributors will be in attendance and are able to speak with media: Nicole Bester (Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation); Alexis Houle (Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation); Danielle Roulette (Lake Manitoba First Nation); Jenna Valiquette (Poplar River First Nation); and Kim McPherson and Gerri-Lee Pangman (Peguis First Nation). Click on their names to learn more about their contributions to the exhibition.

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

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The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 87,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

 

For media inquiries:

Email: Media@scoinc.mb.ca

Collections for Community: A New Access Initiative

Last year the Manitoba Museum piloted a new program to provide community members increased access to Museum collections. Weekday appointments to view collections are sometimes difficult for folks who work full-time or are enrolled in school. This program was developed through discussions with artists, makers, and interested community members. We decided on a free open-access event on a weekend, one where people could sign up and come and spend a few hours looking at many items cared for in storage, rather than on display in the Museum galleries.

Since the majority of the HBC and Anthropology Collections are of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit origin, we structured the initial sessions with preference given to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous. Due to tight collections storage spaces, we kept each session to a maximum of 10 participants. A smaller group setting created a nice, intimate learning environment for discussion, and enabled us to move freely within collection storage as a group.

A small group of individuals surrounding an open drawer to closer view the objects stored inside.

Participants exploring the Anthropology Collection. ©Manitoba Museum

An open drawer containing twelve intricately beaded and quilled wall pockets and bags, laid out carefully for storage.

One of many drawers within the HBC Museum Collection featuring wall pockets with beadwork and quillwork. ©Manitoba Museum

For these sessions we brought in skilled artists to discuss the objects with the group and to share learning experiences in traditional artistic techniques. We were very fortunate to feature Jennine Krauchi and Cynthia Boehm at our first session, and Tashina Houle-Schlup and Cheyenne Schlup for the second session. All four of these artists are not only incredibly skilled with beadwork, embroidery, and quillwork in their own artistic practices, but also knowledgeable on historic pieces within the Museum’s collections. Participants were able to learn so much through this collaborative structure with community artists and makers.

A small group of individuals standing beside a selection of artifacts laid out on a countertop next to an interior window.

Cheyenne Schlup sharing knowledge with participants (note his beautiful work in the background). ©Manitoba Museum

A small group of individuals surrounding an open drawer to closer view the objects stored inside.

Artist Jennine Krauchi shows session participants several beautifully beaded artifacts stored with care ©Manitoba Museum

Based on the success of this program last year, we hope to offer 3-4 more sessions in the upcoming year, featuring different artists to share these wonderful collections with interested community members.  If you’re interested in participating, keep your eyes on the Museum’s website and social media for the next session!

Don’t miss out on our special Mother’s Day tour From Talk to Table: Indigenous Motherhood on May 12. This tour explores parenting throughout time on Turtle Island and includes include an in-depth tour of Indigenous artifacts in the Museum Galleries and behind-the-scenes.

Dr. Amelia Fay

Dr. Amelia Fay

Curator of Anthropology & the HBC Museum Collection

Amelia Fay is Curator of Anthropology and the HBC Museum Collection at the Manitoba Museum. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba (2004), an MA in Archaeology…
Meet Dr. Amelia Fay

A Day in the Life with… Tashina!

Tashina Houle-Schlup is the Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement and we love having her on the Museum team! In this video, tag along on a day in her life here at the Manitoba Museum.

Learn more about the Indigenous Artists Market and how to become a vendor here.

 

Join our team! We’re looking for an Indigenous Learning Facilitator through the Young Canada Works program. This person will work closely with Tashina, sharing knowledge of Indigenous content in exhibits, and assisting in developing and delivering programs with a specific focus on Indigenous cultures for all Museum audiences. Find full position details here.

Fossils in Cedar Lake Amber

Cedar Lake amber is from the Cretaceous era, which means that dinosaurs were roaming through the forests at the time that it formed. Sometimes it can contain preserved insects or other small organisms, which give key insight into life at this time!

In this video, join Dr. Joe Moysiuk, Curator of Palaeontology & Geology, in the Natural History Collection storage to learn about some of the newest pieces in the collection!

Check out some Cedar Lake Amber on display in the Earth History Gallery!

Plan your visit today

Winnipeg 150: City of Contrasts

Winnipeg citizens have been fighting inequality and racism for over one hundred years. Join Dr. Roland Sawatzky in the Winnipeg Gallery to learn about these contrasts within our city.

This series celebrating Winnipeg’s 150th anniversary is ongoing throughout 2024, so keep an eye out for more #Wpg150 videos!

Did you know this Winnipeg Jets history? Pt. 2

Are you cheering on the Jets as they hit the playoff ice again tonight? In part two of our peek into the Winnipeg Jets collection, Cortney shows us some of the artwork relating to significant players in the hockey club’s history!

Check out some of the Jets Collection on display in the Winnipeg Gallery!

Plan your visit today

Did you know this Winnipeg Jets history? Pt. 1

The Winnipeg Jets are going to the playoffs! Skate back through their history in this video with Cortney, as she shows you some of the neat artifacts in the Jets Collection here at the Museum. Come back next week for part 2!

Check out some of the Jets Collection on display in the Winnipeg Gallery!

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Indigenous Learning Facilitator – Young Canada Works Program

Division: Learning & Engagement
Department: Learning & Engagement, Museum Galleries
Position Type: Part-Time Temporary Term: May 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025
Closing Date: Open until the position is filled

 

The Manitoba Museum places a pivotal role in showcasing the rich heritage and natural wonders of our region. Our collections are encyclopedic in scope, encompassing both cultural artifacts and scientific specimens. The Museum strives to conserve collect and share knowledge, while encouraging intercultural dialogue and understanding within our communities. Through innovative, perspective-changing programs, the Museum is creating platforms for critical conversations, showcasing diverse perspectives and promoting inclusivity within our society. As the Museum moves forward with the hope to serve our communities, we are seeking an Indigenous Learning Facilitator to work in the Learning and Engagement Department.

The Learning and Engagement Department is made up of a dedicated team of professionals that design and deliver innovative programs that bring history and culture of Manitoba to life, creating unforgettable experiences for our visitors.

As the Indigenous Learning Facilitator, you will play a pivotal role in the Learning & Engagement Department, working with a dedicated team committed to creating dynamic programs that bring history and culture to life. Under the direction of the Head of Indigenous Programming and Engagement, you will work to understand and share knowledge of Indigenous content in exhibits, and assist in developing and delivering engaging interpretive programs with a specific focus on Indigenous cultures for all Museum audiences.

Your responsibilities will extend to supporting community outreach initiatives, being a part of meaningful connections with Indigenous communities, and assisting in the coordination and delivery of programs and events. This internship offers a unique opportunity for professional development, including mentorship and ongoing learning experiences.

To thrive in this role, you should have a diploma in Indigenous Studies, Education, Museum Studies, or a related field, lived experience, demonstrating cultural competency, and a genuine passion for promoting Indigenous perspectives. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team are essential.

The location of the job is Winnipeg and it is a part-time temporary position commencing May 1, 2024 continuing until March 31, 2025. The incumbent will report to the Head of Indigenous Programming and Engagement. Pay is $18.46 per hour, working to a maximum of 30 hours per week. Applicants must qualify under the Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage graduate internship program (YCW-BCH) program (see www.youngcanadaworks.ca).

The Manitoba Museum welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified Canadian students, including Indigenous peoples and members of visible minorities. Due to the nature of the work and workplace, the successful candidate must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 18 kilograms.

 

Application deadline: Open until the position is filled. Submit resumes to:

Manager of Volunteer & Employee Relations
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2
HR@ManitobaMuseum.ca

General

Reporting to the Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement, the successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and culturally engaged individual, possessing a distinctive blend of educational qualifications, interpersonal abilities, and a dedication to nurturing Indigenous representation and comprehension within cultural institutions.

Key Accountabilities & Typical Duties:

Priority 1: Interpretive Ambassador (55%)

To cultivate a positive visitor experience with a focus on Indigenous perspectives, engage visitors proactively, and ensure safe, educational, and orderly interaction with Museum exhibits and programs.

  1. Deliver booked interpretive programs, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous culture, for the institution’s school and general public audience as per the daily schedule.
  2. Execute all ongoing functions related to program operation, ensuring the incorporation of Indigenous narratives and perspectives.
  3. Respond to inquiries from the general public, offering information on all Museum programs, exhibits, and activities, with a keen emphasis on Indigenous contributions.
  4. Acquire and disseminate pertinent information on departmental programs, permanent galleries, and temporary exhibits, placing special emphasis on Indigenous content.

 

Priority 2: Indigenous Program Maintenance (15%)

To contribute to the smooth functioning of Museum programs and exhibits, with a particular focus on those that highlight Indigenous heritage.

  1. Set up and take down furniture, equipment, specimens, artifacts, and other program materials, ensuring Indigenous artifacts are handled with cultural sensitivity.
  2. Operate A/V equipment daily in accordance with scheduled programs, integrating Indigenous themes and narratives.
  3. Maintain sufficient inventory for specific programs, paying special attention to Indigenous-related materials.
  4. Undertake other duties as reasonably assigned with a commitment to promoting Indigenous representation in the Museum.

 

Priority 3: Visitor Service (10%)

To provide support for volunteers and front-line staff ensuring a quality visitor experience with a focus on Indigenous inclusivity.

  1. Support staff, interns, and volunteers with visitor service emphasizing Indigenous cultural awareness.
  2. On weekends, schedule and supervise volunteers to ensure optimum program and exhibit coverage, reporting on volunteer attendance and addressing any issues to managers.
  3. Support and liaise with rental staff for special events, ensuring Indigenous cultural considerations are integrated.
  4. Offer feedback and input to other staff regarding the Museum’s programs, exhibits, and activities, with a focus on enhancing Indigenous representation.
  5. Support research on program content, liaising with Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement for program content related to Indigenous cultures as needed.

 

Priority 4: Other

Other duties as reasonably assigned, with a commitment to advancing Indigenous representation and understanding within the Museum program delivery.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  1. A strong understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures, histories, and contemporary issues based on lived experience.
  2. Excellent communication and writing skills with the ability to convey information in an engaging and accessible manner.
  3. Experience in events, workshops, or educational programs.
  4. Understanding of museological trends in learning, outreach, and engagement.
  5. Foundational understanding of museum collections care procedures.
  6. Basic proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to quickly learn and navigate relevant software. Any experience with gamification and coding would be an asset.

 

Education, Training, and Experience

  1. A diploma in Indigenous Studies, Education, Museum Studies, or a related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  2. At least one year experience in a similar position, i.e. facilitating events, workshops, or educational programs.

 

This position is funded through the Young Canada Works program. Applicants must qualify under the Young Canada Works Student program (www.youngcanadaworks.ca).

This is a part-time temporary position from May 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025. The incumbent will report to the Head of Indigenous Programming & Engagement. The hourly wage is $18.46, plus 6% vacation pay.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

 

Manager of Volunteer & Employee Relations
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2
HR@ManitobaMuseum.ca
Fax: 942-3679

 

The Manitoba Museum is committed to inclusion and employment equity and welcomes diversity in the workplace. The Manitoba Museum recognizes the importance of building a workforce reflective of the visitors it serves. Therefore, the Manitoba Museum supports equitable employment practices and promotes representation of designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities).

Employment Equity is a factor in selection for this position. Consideration will be given to Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. All applicants are encouraged to self-identify if they are members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities) in their application.

 This document is available in other formats and accommodations will be provided throughout the selection process upon request. Contact Human Resources at 204-956-2830 if you have an accommodation request.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those being considered for interviews will be contacted. We are not able to acknowledge receipt of applications submitted via Fax or mail.

Make Every Day Earth Day! 

By Mika Pineda, Learning & Engagement Producer for Youth Climate Action.  

Every year on April 22, we celebrate our home, the Earth, and all the wonderful things it provides us – from the food that nourishes our body, the shelter and clothing that keeps us warm, to the air and water that allow us to live and breathe.

An adult and two children working in a garden bed.

Here are just a few ideas that can do at home to celebrate Earth Day, every day:  

  • Change up your commute: consider walking or cycling to your destination.  
  • Lend a helping hand: gather some friends and start a community clean-up in your neighbourhood.  
  • Get gardening: plant a tree or a wildflower garden this Spring to attract pollinators. 
  • Conserve with care: take shorter showers to save water and turn off lights in empty rooms to conserve electricity.  

Celebrating and appreciating the Earth doesn’t have to be a one day event; every little thing you do to help the planet makes a difference!

 

Get your hands dirty by planting a garden to celebrate Earth Day. © Kampus Production

Still looking for Earth-friendly activities?  

Join us for Earth Days at the Manitoba Museum on April 20 and 21! Play “Planet vs Plastics”, a fun and educational board game led by our Youth Climate Alliance; check out our special planetarium shows: Atlas of a Changing Earth and We Are Guardians; explore the Museum Galleries on an Earth Days scavenger hunt; and stop by the Earth Day reflection Wall to ask yourself: What action will I take to keep our environment healthy?

A seated adult smiles at a child as they engage with a board game propped up on an easel.

Learn how we can protect our Earth together. © Manitoba Museum

Two children placing sticky notes on a blue wall filled with other previously placed notes.

Ask yourself “How do I want to see the future unfold?” at the Earth Day Reflection Wall. © Manitoba Museum

An adult and three children engage with digital exhibit screens on a round table. A mural showing the water system is on the wall behind them.

Find solutions to keep our waterways healthy in the Science Gallery. © Manitoba Museum/Rejean Brandt

Help us celebrate Earth and learn how we can better protect our future, together! 

 

Did you know that this stone was rubbed smooth by bison?

This stone in the entrance to the Prairies Gallery is more than just a big rock. It represents the bison rubbing stones that are icons of the prairies! In this video, Learning & Engagement Producer Erin shares how bison used these boulders, and how this one arrived in the Prairies Gallery.

Image of bison at rubbing stone ©Craig & Rosemarie Stewart and Fort Whyte Alive. Used with permission.

 

You can learn more about the process of bringing this bison rubbing stone to the Museum on our blog, here.