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February 15 to February 21

Posted February 12, 2021

We continue to stay safe, stay home and physical distance in 2021. Here are ways you can explore Manitoba at home and close to home.

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Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Explore Canada’s Black History

Photo credit: Manitoba Museum / Archives of Manitoba

Online/ hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Saturday, February 20 | 2:00 pm


The Manitoba Museum
will be hosting a virtual field trip where you will learn more about Black History in Canada and Manitoba.

Presented in collaboration with Black History Manitoba, this live, interactive event will take a broad historical look at the contributions made and challenges faced by Black communities in Canada. The program highlights individual stories with a Manitoba emphasis.

2. Attend the Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival virtually

Photo credit: Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival

The Pas / Treaty 5 territory
February 17 to 21

You can still take part in all things Trappers' Festival but from a distance. Submit a video for the jigging contest, take part in the bannock baking competition, purchase ice fishing tickets or enter the Lonesome Mary and Bill Bannock look alike contest. Don't forget to wear your snow flea or ice worm and buy your special Trappers' merch. The theme this year is sasquatch calling so brush up on your echoing, screeching howls. The festival has put together lots of contests for people to take part at home and people in communities outside of The Pas are welcome to participate.

3. Read by Queens with The Sunshine Bunch

Photo credit: Sunshine House

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Saturday, February 20 | 11:00 am

Read By Queens returns virtually for 2021 on the Winnipeg Public Library’s YouTube channel. The Sunshine Bunch will be there to share stories, songs, rhymes and some drama. Craft kits are available for free with limited quantities with pick up at Sunshine House.

4. Celebrate Black History Month

Photo credit: El Jones

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Thursday, February 18 | 10:00 am

February is Black History Month in Canada. During this time, Canadians honour the richness and diversity of the achievements and contributions of Black people in Canada and around the world. And reflect on the issues and difficulties that were faced, and continue to be faced by the Black community. Join the University of Manitoba and UM Black Alliance for the keynote speaker El Jones for her talk Is Liberation Out of Style? followed by a town hall on Anti Black Racism: It's not a trend.

5. Take a free music workshop

Photo credit: Drezus

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
February 18 to June 24 | 7:00 pm

AIRsessions is a free music workshop series for youth 13 to 25 years old. Chat with host Ila Barker about music – ask questions, hang out, sing, write or rap. Every workshop features a different music artist, including Drezus, Celeigh Cardinal, MJ Dandeneau, The Northwest Kid, and more. The first workshop, happening February 18, will be streamed to Facebook, free for all to celebrate this season. The following sessions will all be hosted on zoom and registration is required (priority registration to Indigenous youth with other participants welcome if space allows).

6. Tune into the weekly safe at home festival

Photo credit: Double the Trouble

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
February 21 to March 31

Manitoba Arts Network hosts the Safe at Home Festival beginning February 21. Watch free online events on MAN Facebook, including livestream performances followed by artist conversations, interactive online art exhibitions featuring livestream discussions, and visual art classes. All events will feature Manitoban artists.

Sunday, February 21 | 7:00 pm
Woody Holler
trained in classical and opera, mixes in lyrical yodelling and his love of jazz has come to be known for western swing. His performances are reminiscent of a 1940s radio show, with a sound that is nostalgic yet thrilling.

Wednesday, February 24 | 7:00 pm
Double the Trouble
aka Luc and Aidan Wrigley are 16 year old identical twin Cree-Metis singers and fiddlers. They are backed by their dad on guitar and perform traditional Metis Fiddle music along with some of their favorite contemporary songs.

7. Commemorate Louis Riel

Photo credit: Tourism Winnipeg

Online \ hosted on Treaty 2 territory
Monday, February 15 | 9:00 am


In conjunction with National Indigenous Peoples Day, Northwest Metis Council is putting on a virtual Louis Riel Day celebration. New videos will be posted hourly featuring cultural presentations, showcasing of local entertainers, Louis Riel Commemoration and National Indigenous Peoples Day Background. The event will end with a virtual fireworks display.

8. Take a virtual history lesson

Photo credit: Black History Manitoba

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Monday, February 15 | 11:00 am

History is an integral part of the Black History Month Celebration every year. Black History Manitoba is hosting an interactive and informative session that provides a historical account of events, inventors, heroes and heroines of people of African descent. The afternoon will include storytelling, arts & crafts, music and dance. It is an educational and fun-filled day for both adults and children for all cultural groups.

9. Screen The Legend of Sarila

Photo credit: 10th Ave Productions

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory
Monday, February 15

Freeze Frame, Manitoba’s Media Arts Centre for Young People, together with the Safe at Home program, are bringing The Legend of Sarila free of charge to all residents of Manitoba throughout the whole day.

The Legend of Sarila is the story of Markussi, a young Inuit man, who sets out with two friends to find the legendary land of Sarila which will save his clan from the brink of starvation. Encountering numerous dangers on their journey and pursued by the wrath of the clan’s shaman, the trio seek to save their people by restoring the balance to their Arctic home. The first Canadian animated feature film made entirely in CGI, captures the value of traditional culture in a story of hope and friendship.

10. Join a Virden Creative Studio Session

Virden \ Treaty 2 territory
February 16 to March 17

Arts Mosaic is offering a long list of free workshops virtually. Be sure to register in advance as some courses have already reached full capacity. Supply kits will be available at the Arts Mosaic office for curbside pickup prior to events requiring materials, while others are accessible to those throughout Manitoba as part of the Stay at home program.

Tuesday, February 16 | 4:30 pm - Dungeons & Dragons Inspired Improv
Thursday, February 18 | 5:30 pm - Art & Creativity
Friday, February 19 | 11:00 am - Let's Move Munchkins!
Saturday, February 20 | 9:30 am - Stop Motion Creating
Saturday, February 20 | 1:00 pm - Improv for all ages