Member of Parliament for Kildonan—St. Paul
Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk (Kildonan-St. Paul) is working with Indigenous organizations, museum professionals, and the Canadian public to stop a Harper government-era plan to move Park’s Canada’s collection of Manitoban historic and cultural resources to Central Canada. In 2012, the former Conservative government decided to consolidate all of local artifact collections to a Gatineau warehouse, across the river from Ottawa. Artifacts belonging to the Metis, Mennonite, Ukrainian, and other Manitoban communities will be inaccessible and unreachable. This relocation will prevent local scholars and community members from accessing, studying, or understanding their own past.
“To move these artifacts 2,400 kilometers away makes no sense. Its outrageous to do this while the Manitba Metis Federation (MMF) plans to build a national museum of Metis history and culture,” Mihychuk says.
Mihychuk has consulted with the MMF, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and leadership of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Manitoba Museum to create an alternative that keeps the artifacts in Manitoba. These artifacts include items like beaded clothing, moccasins, tools and artwork created by Indigenous and settler cultures.
“Many Canadians have joined me in demanding that these artifacts remain in our province,” says Mihychuk. “Many of these objects are of great cultural importance to Indigenous people in Manitoba and it’s particularly important that they remain close to home. The idea of unilaterally removing them its the opposite of reconciliation.”
“We have a duty to protect Manitoba’s heritage. I’m proud of the partners we’re working with on this plan to keep our cultural artifacts where they belong,”
The groups involved have not yet reached a solution, but we are working to prevent the move. Please sign our petition, and help us stop the removal of Manitoba’s cultural property. Join the movement, and have your voice heard!
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