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Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020
Thursday, 1 October 2020, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020. We will be making video recordings of the Summit available soon. Check back here for details.







Who is Involved?

This full-day meeting is being organized by these Manitoba Provincial Heritage Agencies:

Association for Manitoba Archives

Association for Manitoba Archives

La Société historique de Saint-Boniface

La Société historique de Saint-Boniface

Association of Manitoba Museums

Association of Manitoba Museums

Manitoba Archaeological Society

Manitoba Archaeological Society

Heritage Winnipeg

Heritage Winnipeg

Manitoba Genealogical Society

Manitoba Genealogical Society

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Manitoba Historical Society

Manitoba Historical Society


Province of Manitoba

The Winnipeg Foundation


There is NO COST to attend this one-day Heritage Summit but advance registration is REQUIRED.

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The Summit will be hosted using the Zoom platform, for which you will need a device such as a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the Internet. You can also dial in to the Summit using a telephone. To participate in Q&A sessions, your device must have a working microphone.

Information on connecting to a Zoom meeting is available here.


Details for the day's program will be added as they become available.



9:00 - 9:10 AM


Mr. Sheldon McLeod
Facilitator, Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

9:10 - 9:45 AM


Ms. Janice Filmon
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Ms. Cathy Cox
Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage

Ms. Vivian Santos
Councillor (Point Douglas), City of Winnipeg

Mr. Stan Fontaine
Elder, Sagkeeng First Nation

9:45 - 10:15 AM


“2020 Vision, Disrupted: The Heritage Movement and What Matters Now”

Ms. Natalie Bull
Executive Director, National Trust for Canada

Questions & Answers

10:15 - 10:30 AM


10:30 - 11:15 AM

SHORT STATEMENTS on the challenges and opportunities for heritage in Manitoba

What are the activities of Provincial Heritage Agencies, what do they see as some of the problems they face now and over the next ten to twenty years, and what solutions do they see?

Mr. David Cuthbert
Chair of Management Committee, Association for Manitoba Archives

Mr. Randy James
President, Association of Manitoba Museums

Ms. Cindy Tugwell
Executive Director, Heritage Winnipeg

Mr. Stan Carbone
Director of Programs & Exhibits, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

Mr. Michel Lagacé
President, La Société historique de Saint-Boniface

Ms. Amber Flett
Past President, Manitoba Archaeological Society

Mr. Gordon McBean
Past President, Manitoba Genealogical Society

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough
President, Manitoba Historical Society

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Economics, financial sustainability, and partnerships

How can heritage facilities be financially sustained in an uncertain future?


Ms. Cindy Tugwell
Executive Director, Heritage Winnipeg


Ms. Angela Mathieson
President & Chief Executive Officer, CentreVenture Development Corporation

Mr. Elliot Sims
Associate Clerk of the Executive Council, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Province of Manitoba

Mr. Rick Frost
Chief Executive Officer, The Winnipeg Foundation

Mr. Wins Bridgman
BridgmanCollaborative Architecture

Questions & Answers

12:15 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:15 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Decolonizing heritage in Manitoba

How we can advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and address the legacies of historic people who are being reexamined in a modern light?


Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair
Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba


Ms. KC Adams
Artist and educator

Mr. Kevin Brownlee
Curator of Archaeology, Manitoba Museum

Dr. Adele Perry
Distinguished Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies, University of Manitoba

Questions & Answers


“Changing Times and the Need for a New Flag”

Mr. Stan Fontaine
Elder, Sagkeeng First Nation

2:15 - 3:15 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Challenges and opportunities for heritage in rural Manitoba

How do we address the unique challenges for heritage preservation and commemoration in rural Manitoba, especially considering depopulation in some areas of the province?


Ms. Tracey Turner
Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Historical Society


Ms. Monique Brandt
Executive Director, Association of Manitoba Museums

Mr. Ralph Groening
President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities

Ms. Christy Henry
Archivist, Brandon University

Mr. James Kostuchuk
Chair, Portage Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee

Questions & Answers

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 4:30 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Youth, technology, and green sustainability

How do we engage the next generation of people in the heritage community, embrace new technology for commemorating history, and increase the green sustainability of our facilities?


Mr. Bill Zuk
Manitoba Chapter, Canadian Aviation Historical Society


Mr. Ross Hiebert
Business Development Manager, On This Spot

Mr. Glen Murray
Former Mayor of Winnipeg

Mr. Ross Metcalfe
Retired Superintendent, Interlake School Division

Mr. James Dykstra
Red River Heritage Fair

Questions & Answers

4:30 - 5:30 PM

WRAP-UP: What we heard. Where do we go from here?

Mr. Sheldon McLeod
Facilitator, Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

PHA representatives

5:30 PM

Closing Performance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Manitoba Heritage Summit?

A group of eight Manitoba Provincial Heritage Associations (PHAs) is organizing a “Heritage Summit” to discuss the state of heritage in Manitoba. What are the present opportunities and challenges in the heritage sector? How are heritage-related organizations preparing to address them?

This will be the first time that such an all-encompassing meeting has ever been held in Manitoba. We are hopeful it will become an event held at regular intervals.

The Manitoba Heritage Summit will achieve the following four objectives:

  • Identify common themes among PHAs relating to heritage and history in Manitoba,
  • Identify present and future opportunities and challenges that will be beneficial for the delivery of heritage-related programs and the management of heritage resources around Manitoba,
  • Foster improved collaboration and communication between PHAs and smaller heritage facilities around the province, and
  • Prepare a White Paper on the state of heritage in Manitoba and its development over the next 10 to 20 years, toward a long-term vision for Manitoba’s 200th anniversary in 2070.

What is “heritage”?

We embrace the broadest possible interpretation of this term as illustrated by the diversity of Provincial Heritage Agencies involved in organizing the Manitoba Heritage Summit. It includes such components as the conservation and restoration of built structures and natural spaces; the genealogy of families, communities, and groups; the collection and preservation of written and spoken information, and physical artifacts; the archaeological record; and the sharing of heritage stories, traditions, foods, and more. It engages and integrates people from many perspectives, including the general public, advocates, managers, and researchers.

Who can attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit?

The Manitoba Heritage Summit is open to everyone, both professional and amateur. Participation is especially encouraged by people connected with heritage in their community, including involvement with museums and archives, local historical societies, municipal heritage advisory committees, local and regional governments, and heritage advocacy groups.

The Summit will be held over one full day. The entire program will be livestreamed on the Internet to enable people to participate fully, regardless where they live.

Why should I (or my community or organization) attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit?

The anticipated benefits of the Manitoba Heritage Summit will be to:

  • Share information to the mutual benefit of all participants,
  • Provide a forum for discussion of the challenges and opportunities for heritage organizations in Manitoba,
  • Enable networking and better communication between all heritage groups, and forging of long-term relationships, and
  • Contribute to the development of a White Paper that articulates a vision for the short, medium, and long-term development of Manitoba’s heritage community that will enable it to prosper.

What is the program of the Manitoba Heritage Summit?

If you have suggestions for pre-recorded videos that can be shown during morning, mid-day, or afternoon breaks in the program, please contact Tracey Turner (Manitoba Historical Society) at or leave a voice mail message at 204-947-0559.

What will it cost to attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit?

There is NO COST to attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit, other than for your Internet connection to the livestream.

How does heritage preservation contribute to cultural diversity?

Manitoba is a multicultural province that benefits from people with diverse views, experiences, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Fostering awareness of the intrinsic heritage of a community leads inevitably to greater tolerance toward, and celebration of, all people.


A comprehensive statement of the economic benefits of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) in Canada has been developed by the Canadian Museums Association:

Although we anticipate that participation in the Heritage Summit will be free, we are grateful for donations to help in defraying some of its costs.

Tax-receiptable donations are accepted using PayPal through the Manitoba Historical Society:

Contact Us

For further information, or to ask questions about the Manitoba Heritage Summit, please contact Tracey Turner (Manitoba Historical Society) at or leave a voice mail message at 204-947-0559.

A save-the-day card is available here in PDF format.

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