THREE DAYS OF FREE ADMISSION TO ALL AREAS
No tickets required. Capacity in Planetarium and Science Gallery is limited.
To honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Manitoba Museum is pleased to provide complimentary admission to the Museum Galleries, Science Gallery and Planetarium from Saturday, September 30 to Monday, October 2. We invite guests to wear orange.
Orange Shirt Days @ the Manitoba Museum feature special, all-day programming focused on the history of Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. Please join us for a time of learning and reflection offered in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
- A self-guided trail through the Museum Galleries highlighting exhibits and videos relevant to the history of Indian Residential Schools and the TRC Calls to Action. Daily between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- View the Mackay Residential School Gathering Inc. pop-up art exhibit Alloway Hall and participate in a collaborative art activity, share your thoughts, and make your own commitment to take action for Reconciliation. Daily between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Performances by Beautiful Cloud Company Powwow Dancers in Alloway Hall. Daily at 1:00 pm
- Special showings in the Planetarium
- Legends of the Northern Sky daily at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
- Worlds of Ice at 12:15 pm and 3:00 pm
- Film screening in the Auditorium
- The Long Ride Home (65 min) daily at 11:30 am and 2:45 pm
- It Had to be Done (22 min) daily at 2:00 pm
Orange Shirt Day has been recognized in Manitoba since 2017. The orange shirt is a symbol of remembrance for Indian Residential School Survivors, which originated with the experience of Phyllis Webstad of the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. She shared her story of how her new orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day at St. Joseph Mission Indian Residential School, leaving her feeling worthless and insignificant. Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation answer the TRC call for a National Day of Remembrance as a way for Canadians to publicly commemorate the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools and the resilience of Indian Residential School Survivors, their families, and communities.
Learn more about Indian Residential Schools in Manitoba here.
Thank you to our program partners: The National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, National Indigenous Residential School Museum, Parks Canada, the Mackay Residential School Gathering Inc., the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre, and all the community members who supported Orange Shirt Days @ the Manitoba Museum.
- A self-guided trail through the Museum Galleries highlighting exhibits and videos relevant to the history of Indian Residential Schools and the TRC Calls to Action.
- Language learning booth in Welcome Gallery
- Learn a bit of the Ojibwe language by playing flash cards and taking note of the resources for your learning journeys.
- Winnipeg Theatre: Three videos playing on an alternating loop
- The Legacy of the Residential School System: An Event of National Historic Significance – Parks Canada (10 min)
- “By recognizing the national historic significance of the Residential School System, the Government of Canada is acknowledging the past, and, with Indigenous peoples and communities, is committed to sharing the experiences of Indigenous children in these schools to ensure that this history is never forgotten.”
- Murray Sinclair – National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation (2 min)
- Phyllis Webstad – National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation (2 min)
- Project of Heart Art Activity
- Reflection Station
- Powwow performances at 1:00 pm daily with Beautiful Cloud Dance Company
11:00 am: Legends of the Northern Sky
12:15 pm: Worlds of Ice
1:30 pm: Legends of the Northern Sky
3:00 pm: Worlds of Ice
Worlds of Ice
Wonder at the enchanting Arctic territories to the boundless frontiers of our mesmerizing solar system, as Beatrice Deer guides us through this awe-inspiring odyssey.
Worlds of Ice delves into the profound interplay between humanity and the ever-shifting ice, a protean substance whose remarkable dynamics reverberate across the realms of biology, astronomy, ocean sciences, anthropology, culture, and artistic expression.
Legends of the Northern Sky
Embark on a journey with the Indigenous peoples of the western plains of Canada and share in their wisdom conveyed by the stars. Alongside Ocek, the fisher, and his band of animal friends, audiences take a dangerous expedition south to retrieve summer and return it to the frozen north. In Legends of the Northern Sky, we learn and appreciate Indigenous stories in the stars and in turn, learn a little bit more about the spirit that connects us all.
Auditorium: Film screenings
11:30 am: The Long Ride Home
2:00 pm: It Had to be Done
2:45 pm: The Long Ride Home
The Long Ride Home
Produced by: Steve Haining (65 min)
“Years of inter-generational trauma has caused an over representation of First Nations children in care causing further trauma and leading to dangerous coping methods and often death. A brave group of natives leave on a nomadic horseback journey 600 kilometres south. Powered only by their spirit and tradition they attempt to spark change, bring awareness of the missing indigenous women, 60s scoop survivors and bring their children home.”
It Had to be Done
Produced by: Tessa Desnomie (22 min)
“This short documentary explores the legacy of residential schools through the eyes of two extraordinary women who not only lived it, but who, as adults, made the surprising decision to return to the school that had affected their lives so profoundly. This intimate and moving film affirms their strength and dignity in standing up and making a difference on their own terms.”
Explore our hands-on science exhibits – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm