Group & School Programs

Model of the convent's construction

Model of the convent

BOOKING A TOUR Reser­va­tions are required at least a week in advance. You will receive a con­fir­ma­tion by fax or email; it must be signed and returned to com­plete the reser­va­tion. In case of a can­cel­la­tion, please give the Museum 48 hours advance notice, to avoid being billed. *All book­ings include self-guiding in the Museum before or after your program/tour. To reserve please con­tact:    Stephanie Hempel  204.986.8496


THEATRE IN THE CEMETERY  –joint pro­gram­ming School pro­gram­ming: May 12th to June 27th 2014  Group pro­gram­ming: May 12th to 

   Level: Grades 5–12 for schools
   Max­i­mum: 100 participants
   Dura­tion: 2 hours
   Cost: $9.00+gst per stu­dent, $11.00+gst per adult and seniors

In Riel’s Foot­steps is a guided tour with atti­tude, a the­atri­cal expe­ri­ence that makes learn­ing about French-Canadian and Métis her­itage fun and excit­ing. Your guide is Angélique Nolin, West­ern Canada’s first lay school teacher, a dynamic char­ac­ter who knows a lot about Manitoba’s his­tory.  She makes sure your visit is any­thing but a dull his­tory les­son. This play is fol­lowed or started by a museum tour.

Visit with the Peo­ple of Red River

May 28th 2014 Eng­lish pre­sen­ta­tions (Some sta­tions may be pre­sented in French upon request) Pre­sented by  the Man­i­toba Liv­ing His­tory Soci­ety and Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum. Take a voy­age of dis­cov­ery! Inter­act with the peo­ple of Red River dur­ing the Fur Trade and the early Set­tle­ment era (1812 – 1845). Enjoy this edu­ca­tional pro­gram that focuses on the life and times in early Man­i­toba. MORNING SESSION: 9:15AM to 11:30AM (40 spots left) AFTERNOON SESSION: 12:15PM to 2:30PM (90 spots left) COST:  $6.50+GST per stu­dent TO BOOK CALL: Car­mène Fiola Direct Line: (204) 986‑8496 cfiola@​msbm.​mb.​ca Fax/télécopieur (204) 986‑7964 (It is impor­tant that your group arrives on time). PLEASE NOTE:  YOUR STUDENTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO GROUPS OF FIFTEEN (15). IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE HANDLE THIS BIT OF ADMINISTRATION BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL. EACH GROUP MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT SUPERVISOR (TEACHER, T.A., PARENT) CLASSROOM TEACHERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO BE IN CHARGE OF THEIR STUDENTS AT ALL TIMES SO INTERPRETERS CAN CONCENTRATE ON THEIR PROGRAMS. THIS PROGRAM WILL GO ON –RAIN OR SHINE – PLEASE DRESS APPROPRIATELY FOR THE WEATHER. WE WILL HAVE A RAIN PLAN IN PLACE. GUIDED TOURS THE MUSEUM

   Level: Any age (Grades K-12 for schools)
   Max­i­mum: 75 participants
   Dura­tion: 1 Hour
   Cost: $7.00+gst per adult, $5.50+gst per stu­dent & youth, $6+gst senior & post-secondary students

Enjoy a guided tour of the Museum. Exhibits include; the early inhab­i­tants of the region, and the fur trade; the Red River cart; the his­tory of the Grey Nuns; Louis Riel; tra­di­tional crafts (spin­ning and black­smithing); the Cathe­drals of St. Boni­face; On the sec­ond floor, period rooms illus­trat­ing every­day life at the begin­ning of the 20th cen­tury; and the choir loft con­tain­ing arte­facts from the for­mer City of St. Boni­face.   THE SAINT-BONIFACE CATHEDRAL

   Level: Any age (Grades K-12 for schools)
   Max­i­mum: 75 participants
   Dura­tion: 1 Hour
  Cost: $7.00+gst per adult, $5.50+gst per stu­dent & youth, $6+gst senior & post-secondary students

Visit the old­est ceme­tery in West­ern Canada and learn about its his­tory. Learn about Louis Riel’s con­tri­bu­tion to the cre­ation of Man­i­toba while vis­it­ing his gravesite. Dis­cover the ruins of the Basil­ica that burned in 1968 and see the spec­tac­u­lar stained glass win­dows in the most mod­ern of St. Boniface’s five cathe­drals. THE MUSEUM AND THE CATHEDRAL

   Level: Any age (Grades K-12 for schools)
   Max­i­mum: 100 participants
   Dura­tion: 1.5 — 2 Hours
   Cost: $8.00+gst per adult, $6.50+gst per stu­dent & youth, $7.00+gst senior & post-secondary students

Enjoy a com­bi­na­tion of the two tours listed above to con­nect some of the ideas dis­cussed with the peo­ple and places involved.  Groups of up to 50 peo­ple can be accom­mo­dated on a tour. SECRET OF THE OLD CONVENT

   Level: adults and families
   Length: 90 minutes
   Cost: $8.00+gst per adult, $6.50+gst per stu­dents & youth, $7.00+gst senior & post-secondary student

One of the “orig­i­nal” Grey Nuns from the Red River Colony will greet you with open arms. She will tell you all about their per­ilous jour­ney from Mon­treal in the sum­mer of 1844, and about their early years in the St. Boni­face con­vent. No one will leave with­out a treat! Reser­va­tions are required. CURRICULUM BASED PROGRAMMING These pro­grams are tai­lored to the social stud­ies cur­ricu­lum. Every pro­gram includes a guided tour and an inter­ac­tive activ­ity where the stu­dents can go back in time and live an “authen­tic” expe­ri­ence. There is an edu­ca­tion kit avail­able for each of these pro­grams. The kits are avail­able at the DREF (945‑8594).

   Max­i­mum: 60 participants
   Dura­tion: 2 Hours
   Cost: $6.50+gst per participant

THE GREY NUNS: PIONEER WOMEN OF THE RED RIVER (Grades K-3) Who were the Grey Nuns and what were their every­day occu­pa­tions in the con­vent? Fol­low a Grey Nun or a blacksmith’s appren­tice to learn what impor­tant role the nuns had in the com­mu­nity and what impact they still have today. The tour will con­clude with a tra­di­tional snack pre­pared by the stu­dents them­selves! INGENUITY AT THE MUSEUM(Grades 3–7) The stu­dents will dis­cover dif­fer­ent archi­tec­tural inno­va­tions which were used by the inhab­i­tants of the Red River Set­tle­ment. You will surely be impressed by the archi­tec­ture of the museum itself, the old­est build­ing in Win­nipeg. LIFE IN THE SETTLEMENT (Grades K-6) How did the peo­ple of the Red River Set­tle­ment live in the 19th cen­tury? The stu­dents will com­pare yesterday’s lifestyle to today’s. They will also try out dif­fer­ent daily chores car­ried out by their ances­tors. Work sta­tions include laun­dry with a wash­ing board, card­ing wool, weav­ing, etc. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE SETTLEMENT –Com­ing Soon! (Grades 4–11) What were the rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties of the peo­ple in the Red River Set­tle­ment? Dis­cover what Louis Riel defended for his peo­ple. Have the rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties change over time? This tour will focus on the roles of each mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and will give the stu­dents the oppor­tu­nity to go back in time and live an expe­ri­ence of ‘authen­tic’ cit­i­zen­ship. OLD FAVOURITES These pro­grams include the activ­ity described and a guided tour of some of the museum exhibits.

   Max­i­mum: 60 participants
   Dura­tion: 1.5 Hours
   Cost: $7.50+gst per participant

BILBOQUET – A MÉTIS RING-AND-PIN GAME (Grades 4–8) Some form of this game is found all over the world. The Métis ver­sion is made of a disk with holes pierced in it; a stick is attached to the disk on a leather cord. The object of the game is to score points by catch­ing the disk on the stick. Par­tic­i­pants will make their very own bil­bo­quet as they learn more about the his­tory of the game, and then they can play! THE LITTLE SCHOOLHOUSE(Grades 3–6) Come in, sit down, and be good. A Grey Nun will give you a cal­lig­ra­phy les­son. Learn what school was like in the 19th cen­tury when boys and girls sat at oppo­site ends of the room and home­work was done with a quill pen. MEDICINAL REMEDIES GAME (Grades 5–12 and adults) What ill­ness can be warded off with the skin of a “chicoque”? – that’s a French word for skunk derived from the Ojib­way lan­guage. This enter­tain­ing game was prompted by some of the rec­ol­lec­tions of French-Canadian and Métis elders who recorded their oral his­tory. In it, you have to con­nect the med­i­cine with the ill­ness it is sup­posed to treat. The aim is to make us aware of how self-sufficient past gen­er­a­tions had to be in tak­ing care of their own health, and in find­ing and devel­op­ing cures. The activ­ity also shows how impor­tant it is to record oral history.


On Loan

Touchable artifacts kit
Touch­able arti­facts kit.
Loan period: two weeks maximum
Cost: $10.00

The bor­rower is respon­si­ble for pick-up and return. A dozen dif­fer­ent objects with descrip­tions in both Eng­lish and French can be loaned for use in a seniors’ home or a class­room. The kit includes tools, kitchen uten­sils and other com­mon objects; most date from around the turn of the 20th cen­tury. To bor­row the kit, call (204) 986‑8499 or write to . For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact us at (204) 237‑4500 or email .

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