Educational Resources
Learn more about Manitoba

Educational Resources

After you’ve read a brief history of Manitoba, here’s an overview of Manitoba today.

Etymology

The name Manitoba comes from the language of Indigenous peoples meaning the “straight of the Spirit” from the Anishinaabe or “Lake of the Prairies” from the Assiniboine.

Geography

Manitoba is bordered by Saskatchwan to the west, Ontario to the east, North Dakota and Minnesota to the south and Nunavut to the north. Manitoba also meets the Hudson Bay and is the only Prairie province to have a saltwater coastline.

Economy

Manitoba’s top economic contributors are agriculture, tourism, electricity, oil, mining and forestry. Manitoba also has a large manufacturing sector.

Population

Manitoba has a population of over 1.2 million people. The largest majority of those are from European descent, followed by those of Indigenous, east and southeast Asian, south Asian and Middle Eastern, African and Latin, Central and South American origins.

Emblems

What is Manitoba’s official animal, tree, flower, fish and fossil? Find out with a look at our infographic of Manitoba’s emblems.

Download our infographic of Manitoba's official emblems.

English

Fact Sheet

Download a Manitoba fact sheet in English.