Educational Resources
Learn more about Manitoba

Educational Resources

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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

Illustration of a bison with two pine trees in the background.

Download our infographic of Manitoba's official emblems.


Fact Sheet

Download a Manitoba fact sheet in English.