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Includes documents referring to the indigenous peoples of Manitoba.

Human settlement in this part of Manitoba can be traced to at least the 8th century AD. Research at Calf Mountain, a mound builder site, indicated its use as a burial site from the 8th to the 15th century. Numerous indigenous peoples have left their mark on the area.  

Photos & Art Work

Edmund Morris - Frontier Artist - by Jean S McGill

McGill's biography of the artist who was most well known for his pastel portraits of those First Nation leaders who signed the western treaties.


    Morris, Edmund Montague - Diaries - 1907-1910

    Edmund Morris was best known for his pastel portraits of the First Nation leaders who signed the western treaties.


      Sun Dance at the Swan Lake First Nation 1922 (1922)

      A collection of photos including several taken during preparations for the 1922 Sun Dance Ceremony at Swan Lake First Nation in Southern Manitoba. Photos taken between 1922 and 1925. The photographer may have been teaching in the district at the time.


        The Metis of Willow Bunch

        Written by Ron Rivard and Catherine Littlejohn, this book tells the story of the Métis families who started out in the Red River district, then moved west to Rock Lake and eventually to Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan.