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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

Partnering with Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

By working in collaboration with respected organisations that share our values, Parks Canada is able to better deliver its promise to Canadians by continuing to be a world leader in the protection and presentation of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. We believe in sharing leadership and working with our partners to offer unique, inspiring opportunities for Canadians to discover our treasured places and to achieve extraordinary results.

We are proud to be formally collaborating with the following:

Friends of Lower Fort Garry

The Friends of Lower Fort Garry, a non-profit charitable organization, was established in 1985 by community volunteers to supplement and enhance programs at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. The Friends of Lower Fort Garry works with Parks Canada to raise awareness and strengthen and increase support for the historic site by educating the public about the heritage value of the fort. This is achieved through activities which include historical costuming, music, dance, workshops, a children’s day camp and the management of a period gift shop.

Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba

The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba is a neutral body created through a partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Government of Canada with a mandate to strengthen, rebuild and enhance the Treaty relationship with mutual respect between all Manitobans.

The TRCM will enhance and maintain positive intergovernmental relations and cooperation, conduct independent research that advances discussion on Treaty related issues and facilitate public understanding of the importance and role of Treaty making in building a stronger and healthier nation.

Parks Canada is working together with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba to tell the story of the making of Treaty, in particular Treaty One at Lower Fort Garry to create, through its programming, a greater understanding of the significance of the Treaty as a symbol of the vital and ongoing relationship between First Nations and all other Canadians.

University of Winnipeg Global College

The University of Winnipeg Global College fosters global citizenship and engagement in human rights through interdisciplinary teaching, research, dialogue and action in local and global communities. Global College provides students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars and community leaders with ways to interact on their diverse perspectives about global citizenship, human rights and other issues affecting local and global communities.

One year after the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Global College, along with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, is hosting Pathways to Reconciliation, a gathering that will bring a cross-section of Canadians together to explore understandings of reconciliation and ways to implement and monitor reconciliation initiatives.

Parks Canada and Global College are working together to provide a special tour and panel discussion, focussing on Treaty history and relationships at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, for the Pathways to Reconciliation conference participants. Lower Fort Garry is the site where Treaty One, the first of the numbered Treaties, was signed between representatives of the Crown, Anishinaabe and Muskegon Cree peoples of Manitoba in 1871.

Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, recognized as one of the foremost children’s charities in Manitoba, is dedicated to raising funds to meet the tangible needs of children of all abilities in Manitoba. At the Variety International World Conference held in Chicago in May 2011, Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba was one of three locations worldwide awarded the Variety International Heart Award for Excellence and Performance.

Parks Canada is partnering with Variety to develop a Halloween program, Lower Fort Scary, at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, for the benefit of the Variety children, their families and invited supporters, to connect them to Lower Fort Garry through a fun, interactive and safe event.