Explore Indigenous history at the Canadian Museum of History this Winterlude

January 24, 2020


For immediate release

Gatineau, Quebec, January 24, 2020 — During Winterlude, January 31 to February 17, come in from the cold to the warmth of the Canadian Museum of History. Just down the street from the Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, the Museum is proud to be a programming partner and to offer special activities for the whole family during Winterlude. Join us as we celebrate Winterlude with a focus on Indigenous history.

The Life of Louis Riel
Saturday, February 1 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In English only with French surtitles

This play introduces the Métis leader who brought Manitoba into Confederation in 1870. Louis Riel remains one of the most debated figures in the history of current-day Manitoba. Join us as we present the man behind the resilience. This event is presented by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and with the participation of the Government of Canada.

Resilience and Revival – Indigenous History
Saturday and Sunday, February 1–2 and 8–9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canadian History Hall

Explore Indigenous history during the fur trade — handle beaver pelts and hide scrapers, get hands-on with Métis beadwork and learn about the important role played by women during the fur trade. Or take a trip to the Arctic without leaving the Museum! You will feel the warmth and practical strength of caribou and sealskin clothing made and worn by the Inuit.

Welcome to the Red River Métis Village!
Sunday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Grand Hall

Enjoy the beautiful culture of the Métis people from the Red River, as we bring the rich and vibrant history to life at the Métis Village. Join the Elders for a story and the chance to listen and learn Michif, the language of the Métis people. Enjoy a cup of tea and some bannock. Be entertained by the best Métis musicians and dancers, as they bring fiddle music to life. Let the dancers pull you into the party and teach you a few jigging steps. The village offers plenty for all ages. This event is presented by the Métis National Council and the Manitoba Metis Federation in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History and with the participation of the Government of Canada.

A Night of Indigenous Culture and Cuisine
Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $130; $115 for Members
Grand Hall

Join us in the majestic Grand Hall for an evening of Indigenous cuisine, coupled with vibrant and eclectic performances by contemporary Indigenous artists. This gala event features the culinary artistry of two renowned Indigenous chefs: Cezin Nottaway (Anishinaabe) and Trudy Metcalfe (Inuk). In addition to an elegant sit-down dinner, the evening features outstanding performances by two well-known Juno-nominated Canadian artists, Cris Derksen and Silla and Rise. Tickets must be purchased in advance by February 5, 2020 and you must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Presented in partnership with Indigenous Experiences.

Special Screening: Abominable
Weekends of February 1–2, 8–9 and 15–17

After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain.

While you’re at the Museum, visit the Canadian History Hall and the special exhibitions UNCEDED – Voices of the Land and Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit, as well as the special display Jewish Journeys – Stories of Immigration from the Treasures of Library and Archives Canada.

For more information, visit historymuseum.ca or call us at 819-776-7000 or 1-800-555-5621. For more information about all Winterlude activities, visit canada.ca.

Work of the Canadian Museum of History is made possible in part through financial support of the Government of Canada.

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Stéphanie Verner
Media Relations Officer
Telephone: 819-776-7169