Canadian Connections speaker series poster

The Canadian Connections speaker series is here

Canadian Connections speaker series poster
Help your students understand Canada a little bit better. On February 10 Connie Wyatt Anderson will present via Zoom on Why Treaties Matter? Connie is a Governor General Awayd winning history teacher and staff member on the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.
On February 21 Simge Erdogan O’Connor, curator of the Murney Tower Museum in Kingston, Ontario, will present on military strategy in early Canada-West.
The Zoom events are absolutely free to classes, but registration is required so that we can’t send out the session link.
Click on the poster-illustration for more information.
Not meant to represent Feb 2023

Coming this February…

Not meant to represent Feb 2023In co-operation with the Kingston Regional Heritage Fair we’ve arranged for three virtual speakers for this coming February. The presentations will be aimed at Grades 7-12. Dates and times are tentative, but here’s what we’ve got so far.

Feb. 10 at 10AM Connie Wyatt Anderson Treaty Relations Commission Why treaties matter
Feb. 15 at 10AM Chris Berrett Louis Riel Institute Metis and Confederation
Feb. 21 at 10AM Simge Erdogan-O’Connor Murney Tower Museum, Kingston Military History

The sessions will be free, but pre-registration will be required to send you a Zoom link. We’ll have the form for registration up well ahead of the event.

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Being Topical. 10 ideas for great projects

So what are good Heritage Fair project topics? Here’s 10 ideas.

  1. The names of the provinces. What’s a Saskatchewan? Who was Alberta and how did she get a province named after her? And considering for the Europeans all of it was a new found land, why is only one province Newfoundland?
  2. Did you know that the very first helicopter in Canada was built in Homewood, Manitoba? It can be found today at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
  3. Who’s the best prime minister? Who’s the worst? Why?
  4. They’re talking about a three-peat for the Blue Bombers, but who was the team that did it first? Did you know two of the members of that team went on to become premiers?
  5. How did Manitoba end up with so many places called Winnipeg? The city of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Beach, Lake Winnipeg, and even Winnipeg River. Winnipeg even has a Winnipeg Avenue. It doesn’t seem very original but there’s probably a really good reason for it.
  6. Inuit Art. The Winnipeg Art Gallery hosts what may be the world’s biggest collection at their Qaumajuk gallery.
  7. How did a land locked Prairie city like Winnipeg end up with a re-creation of a 17th century ship that even sailed the ocean? Find out a bit more about the Nonsuch.
  8. Not a lot of hamburgers get a Wikipedia page, but the Fat Boy does. Where did Winnipeg’s contribution to fine dining come from?
  9. And speaking of hamburgers what’s a nip anyway? Salisbury House has been tickling the taste buds of Winnipeggers since 1931.
  10. Maybe you stream your music but it wasn’t always so. What impact did Manitoba’s early radio stations have?

We’re back!

The Red River Heritage Fair is back! We are working on setting a date for the Fair, likely the first Thursday in May though that’s not confirmed yet. Stay tuned as we come up with more details.

And as we raise ourselves from our pandemic-induced break, we’ve discovered we’ve lost a few of our key volunteers. The saying goes that many hands make light work, so we sure could use a few more people to help plan and work out the details. Our meetings are currently being held on Zoom, and the time commitment is typically only 2 or 3 hours per month. And if you’re on this list, you know that the faces of the kids when they tell you about their project make every second of that volunteer effort worth it. E-mail me at james at if you can help out our team.
And here’s a teaser. After the success of our virtual Fair workshops last June, the Kingston Regional Heritage Fair contacted us and said that we should create some more virtual workshops. So here in Winnipeg and off in Kingston we’re beating the bushes to get you the best speakers we can find in either city to help your students learn more about Canada. The speakers, times and the dates are yet to be decided but it’s coming. You can’t help but be exited, right?
We’ll let you know more as soon as we can.

Registration is open for our virtual workshops, Thursday, June 2

We’re finally set up to register for our June 2, 2022 virtual workshops next week Thursday. The form can be found at

There’s two different workshop streams, meant for Grades 4-8 and for Grades 9 and up (high school).
To those of you who were expecting this form a bit sooner, I’m sorry. We had some trouble nailing down our final workshop but we’ve finally done it and we think you’ll like what we’re offering.
The workshops are free, but we need you to register so that we can send out the zoom links to the right people. Tell your colleagues what we’re doing, and don’t forget to register at
Looking forward to seeing you (virtually),
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