Academic journal article Manitoba History

Riel House

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Riel House

Article excerpt

Tucked into a leafy riverbank site in south St. Vital, you will find Riel House National Historic Site, at 330 River Road. It is the home of the Riel family, the birthplace of Louis Riel and where his body lay in state after his execution in Regina in 1885. The site also offers a look into Metis culture at the end of the 19th century. Following hard times with closure in 2012, Riel House has found new vibrancy in a positive partnership between Parks Canada and the Louis Riel Institute, an affiliate of the Manitoba Metis Federation. The Institute's mission is to stimulate "the education and cultural advancement of Metis people" and their good work at Riel House is anything but dry.

Costumed animators offer school children bilingual curriculum-based programs in the spring term and all summer, every day, animators present lively interpretation through workshops, tours, special events and up-to-the-minute interactive exhibits. How about a Sewing Circle Workshop each Wednesday evening or summer camp for kids each Tuesday? And every Thursday evening all summer, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, the good times roll with fiddle music and special guests to stir it up in the Thursday Soirees. …

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