A brand new public tour that explores the rich and complex human rights history of the Métis people will be launched on Louis Riel Day (February 19), free with admission at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).
The 75-minute tour takes visitors on a journey through many of the exhibits at the Museum related to Métis rights and includes activities and group discussion. It begins at the Ancestral Place Circle in the CMHR's welcome hall and continues through the Indigenous Perspectives gallery, with stops at the world's largest Métis beaded artwork (created by Manitoba artist Jennine Krauchi), as well as Canadian Journeys gallery exhibits about residential schools and Métis resistance The tour ends in the 7th floor Inspiring Change gallery, in front of the guitar painted by Métis artist Christi Belcourt in the exhibit about Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
After Louis Riel Day, the tour will be available for group bookings upon demand. The Metis Rights Tour was developed with input from the Manitoba Métis Federation, L'Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba, the CMHR's Indigenous Education Working Group, as well as members and volunteers.
WHAT: New Métis rights tour and Louis Riel Day family activities
WHEN: Monday, February 19, 2018
WHERE: CMHR, 85 Israel Asper Way
Other family activities throughout the day include fiddling by "Double the Trouble" (talented 13-year-old identical twins Aidan and Luc Wrigley of Winnipeg), traditional beading workshops, and a performance by Festival du Voyageur "Official Voyageurs", the Perron-Beaudry family, along with mascot Léo. See schedule below.
Schedule of tours* and activities:
Métis Rights Tour – English: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; French: 12:45 p.m.
Festival du Voyageur family with Léo the mascot – Public photo op — 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; Performance – 12 p.m. in the What Are Human Rights? gallery on Level 2.
Traditional beading – participants will learn how to create their own piece of beadwork while exploring the history and meaning behind beading for diverse Indigenous cultures. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Indigenous Perspectives gallery on Level 2.
Performance: Double the Trouble – traditional fiddling and contemporary music – 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the What Are Human Rights? gallery on Level 2.
I Spy — interpreters in the Israel Asper Tower of Hope will lead participants in a game "I Spy" connected to historic spots in Winnipeg that are related to Louis Riel and the Métis people. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
*Note: The regular "Explore the Galleries" tour will not be offered on Louis Riel Day