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Red River 200: A Resource for Teachers



in Manitoba

Lord Selkirk’s





Special Events of Interest to Teachers

Many special events are planned to celebrate the Bicentennial. A complete list is here. Events that will particularly appeal to teachers include the following:

The Manitoba Museum will host a special display from mid May to late Sept 2012.

The week of September 3rd-9th, 2012 will feature a series of events. While this is the first week back at school and creates special challenges for teachers planning field trips, these events may inspire some to plan ahead! This week is also expected to attract media attention that can stimulate class discussion and special activities even if your students are unable to attend. Events of interest to teachers during Bicentenary Week include:

    1. A visit of the current The Right Honourable Lord Selkirk of Douglas, PC, QC to Winnipeg. Lord and Lady Selkirk will take part in several events during this week.
    2. A re-enactment at La Verendrye Park on September 4th, of the Seisin of the Land, at which Miles MacDonell will read the patent of the land grant made to Lord Selkirk at Red River.
    3. The annual Selkirk Settlers Parade is a lively event with the stirring music of pipe bands, participants sporting bright tartans and colorful banners, costumed interpreters of the settlers and the Des Meuron Soldiers, and a spectacular musket salute at the end!
    4. A grand Ceilidh at the Forks on September 3rd featuring both local and national performers of Scottish music and dance.

As you plan how you might use the activities that follow, you may want to consider dates in the yearly calendar that mark special festivals such as:

    • Heritage Fairs: late April to mid May
    • Manitoba Day: May 12th
    • Tartan Day: April 6th
    • Robbie Burns Day: January 25th
    • St Andrew’s Day: November 30th

Page revised: 17 October 2011

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