MMF Presents a First-of-its-Kind Manitoba-Wide Fireworks Celebration on the 150th Anniversary of Manitoba Officially Joining Confederation

July 14, 2020

WINNIPEG, MB - This year, on July 15, Manitobans will be celebrating 150 years since Manitoba officially became the fifth province to join Confederation.

"The Manitoba Métis Government is inviting all Manitobans to take a few moments to escape from the difficult times caused by COVID and witness history," stated MMF President David Chartrand. "Never before has there been a simultaneous firework display province-wide."

The fireworks display will take place simultaneously across the province on Wednesday, July 15 at 10:45 p.m. in Winnipeg, West St. Paul, The Pas, Cranberry Portage, Dauphin, Duck Bay, St. Laurent, Grand Marais, Portage La Prairie, Wabowden, as well as many other communities throughout Manitoba all the way up to Churchill.

"The Métis, led by Louis Riel and the Provisional Government, negotiated Manitoba's entry into Confederation and Canada's entry into the North-West," emphasized President Chartrand. "We want to ensure that our celebration brings together Manitobans of all backgrounds so we can celebrate the shared history of our beautiful province we are fortunate enough to call home and do so together."

To comply with social distancing protocols, the MMF has encouraged Manitobans not to watch the display on-site. Instead, Citizens are asked to watch from the safety of their backyards, homes, vehicles, or on your screens as the event will be livestreamed on mmf.mb.ca and metisnation.ca.

"We regret that the display has to be late on a weekday, but fireworks burn brightest at night and we found it of the utmost importance that this celebration take place on the anniversary of such a historic date," concluded President Chartrand. "We hope that the timing does not discourage elders or children from enjoying the event and if it does, the livestream will remain available on our website after the event so it can be enjoyed at any time."

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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation's Manitoba Metis Community. The Manitoba Metis are Canada's Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:
Marci Riel
Manitoba Metis Federation
Cell: 204-619-1228
Email: marci.riel@mmf.mb.ca
www.mmf.mb.ca

 


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