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MHS Field Trips: Fall 2018 - “Peguis First Nation: Land, People, and Culture”

Saturday, 22 September 2018, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Led by Dr. John Lehr and Ed Ledohowski

The tour will depart from the NW of Grant Park Shopping Centre’s parking lot at 8:00 AM on Saturday, 22 September. It will proceed directly to the Peguis First Nation Reserve in the northern Interlake, stopping only in Teulon for a refreshment break at St. Cyprian’s Church. En route, Ed Ledohowski will explain the settlement history and geography of the Interlake Region. On arrival at Peguis we will have a lunch of traditional indigenous fare – moose stew, bannock, fried pickerel, muskeg tea, etc. -- before touring the Reserve, meeting the Chief and members of the band council. Later, we will watch young pow-wow dancers and a performance by Loud Eagle drum group. Vendors will be on hand selling handcrafted items. During our visit, David McPherson (Misko Ginew), an Ojibwa cultural interpreter, will explain Peguis First Nation history and give detailed insights into Indigenous culture. A visit to Stevenson’s Sun Lodge is also planned. If time and weather permit, we will pick and braid sweetgrass and drive a few miles north to Fisher River First Nation for a “drive though” and a look at Manitoba’s largest solar farm. On our return journey we will have a fall supper of turkey and all the trimmings at St. Cyprian’s Church in Teulon. We will arrive back at Grant Park at approximately 8:00 PM.

The tour price includes lunch, dinner, and a morning refreshment break, all fees, admissions, guides, gratuities, and travel by an air-conditioned, washroom equipped motor coach.

This is a unique opportunity to experience First Nations’ culture at first hand and learn about the history of the Peguis people and contemporary life on one of Manitoba’s most progressive First Nations.

Cost: For MHS members: $112.00. Non-members $130.00. [The non-member surcharge may be applied to a MHS membership if taken out within one month of the tour]

A late booking fee of $20.00 will be imposed for any reservations made on or after Thursday 13 September.

To reserve your place, use the MHS Online Shop, or call the MHS office at 204-947-0559. Payment may be made by Mastercard or Visa, or cheques made payable to the Manitoba Historical Society, and mailed to The Manitoba Historical Society, 710A One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, R3B 0X3.

Guides

John Lehr

Dr. John Lehr

John is a retired Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Winnipeg, specializing in Ukrainian settlement in western Canada and South America, communal settlements in Canada and Israel, and provincial parks in Manitoba.

He was President of the Manitoba Historical Society from 1998 to 2000, and he has organized numerous popular and informative field trips for the society.


Ed Ledohowski

Ed is a retired Municipal Heritage Consultant, formerly employed with the Historic Resources Branch of the Manitoba Department of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport, and Consumer Protection. He has done historical research on a wide range of subjects, including settlement in the Interlake region of Manitoba. He served as a consultant on a recent television documentary about steamboats on the Red River during the 19th century.

Page revised: 14 August 2018

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