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About the Pembina Manitou Culture & Heritage Committee

Statement of Archival First Principles


We begin by acknowledging the traditional territory which the Pembina Manitou Archive serves. For many thousands of years, the Anishinaabe, the Cree, the Oji-cree and the Métis nation have sought to walk gently on this land. They offered assistance to the first European travelers to this territory and shared their knowledge for survival in what was at times a harsh climate. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land, one based in honour and deep respect.

Recognition of Period Ethnocentrism

Although ethnocentric and racist opinions may have been expressed by writers featured in period articles on this site, the committee in no way affirms or supports such attitudes.

Principle of Primary Sources

We recognize that archives are not bias free, that many documents are grounded in ethnocentric points of view. The Pembina Manitou Archive is committed, where possible, to hosting sources written by and from the point of view of the members of each community. 


Pembina Manitou Archive - Who We Are

The Pembina Manitou Archive is a sub-committee of the Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association, a group of volunteers who are interested in the preservation, awareness, and accessibility of our community's heritage.  The committee works under the auspices of the Municipality of Pembina.

Guidelines for Collection Use

The documents preserved on the Pembina Manitou Archive website are available to all for research and educational purposes. Any use of the material, however, should recognize the source, the Pembina Manitou Archive, and the original author/publisher. 


The Pembina Manitou Archive has attempted to respect copyright on all documents and photographs in its collection. If you are aware of anyone whose copyright to materials on our site has been infringed, please forward their contact information to us as soon as possible. We will ensure that copyright is respected.

Right of Inspection

The Pembina Manitou Archive retains the right to inspect the product where an object or photograph from its collection is to be used in an advertisement or promotional display, to ensure the use is consistent with the organization's mandate and the author's intent and, where appropriate, the source is appropriately credited.

Contact Information

If you would like to contact us, please use the email address

or find us on facebook at

or call 204 242 4414.


Corporate Address

Pembina Manitou Archive

Box 651

Manitou MB R0G 1G0


Mission Statements

The Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association sees as its purpose to:

·    Provide information on the heritage and history of our community

·    Provide information on historical events and initiatives to the community

·    Host events which highlight aspects of our community's heritage

·    Along with the Manitou Library, the Municipality of Pembina, and the Manitou Opera House Management Committee, to manage the growth and development of the physical collection of the Pembina Manitou Archive.

·    Along with the Municipality of Pembina and our many volunteers, to build, maintain and promote the Pembina Manitou Virtual Archive.


These committees work in concert to:

·    Ensure the preservation of our documentary, photographic and architectural heritage

·    Undertake projects which will enhance the community's awareness of their heritage

·    Host fundraising events which promote the work of the committee

·    Manage the research and designation of Designated Heritage Sites in the district

·    Designate sites which need recognition and ensure the designated properties/sites are appropriately marked

·    Provide seed money, when possible, to groups wishing to begin a new Heritage Initiative

Pembina Manitou Archive Collections

  As of 2021, the Pembina Manitou Archive's Virtual Library holds over 53,000 documents containing over 800,000 pages of text and photographs. There are over 2600 registered users of the web site.

The Pembina Manitou Archive's Physical Collection is housed in several buildings in Manitou. Initially, our partnership with the Manitou Regional Library provided sufficient shelving space to house the physical collection. Over the past few years, the collection has grown.

Through a partnership with the Manitou Opera House Foundation, an archival room with suitable moisture and temperature controls was added in the recently completed addition to the Manitou Opera House. The Manitou Opera House has served the community as a theatre and meeting place since 1930 and is used, on average, over 225 days of the year. Its archival area is easily accessible and facilitates research. 

Over the past four years, the Pembina Manitou Archive has taken over responsibility for the archival collection of the Archibald Historical Museum.

Many of the documents currently online are still in the possession of their original owners. If you know of historical documents or photographs which would be of interest to the broader community, please contact the PMA to discuss including them in the digital collection. We could arrange digitization and then return the documents to you. If you chose to donate the originals to the PMA collection, that would also be appreciated.

Manitou Log House Museum

Manitou LIbrary

Manitou Opera House


Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped to build the Pembina Manitou Archive or supported its events over the past eight years. Special recognition should go to:

General Collection

Dave Buchanan               Leona DeVuyst

Barrie Dobson & Marg Remillard

Felix Kuehn                   Pat Miles – Archibald

Bette Mueller                    Brooklyn Nichol

Cassandra Serle               Lindy Sharpe

Bruce Tascona                  Al Thorleifson

Ashton Unrau                    iana Vodden

Wilma Wallcraft – Archibald

Obituary Collection

The Manitou Western Canadian

Ella Mueller                    Judy Young

Grave Photo Collection

and Cemetery Records

Shirley Carson                Xander Klassen

Muriel McIntosh              Jaclyn Matchullis

Pat Mitchell                     Sharon Moffatt

Judy Young

Data Collection & Upload

Leona DeVuyst              DaleDobson                  

Xander Klassen             Jaclyn Matchullis

Muriel McIntosh             Pat Mitchell

Al Thorleifson                Erin Thorleifson

Loretta Thorleifson         Skye Thorleifson