Riel House

Minister: Andrew Carrier
General Manager: Sharon Parenteau

The Louis Riel Institute (LRI) at Riel House National Historic Site (NHS) had an interesting and unique summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions. The pandemic allowed for improvements such as painting and repairs to take place during this time at Riel House National Historic Site.

Five students were hired for summer 2020 who were trained and managed by Shirley Delorme Russell, Instructor of Métis History and Culture. The staff had two weeks of training and planning at the Louis Riel Institute. They were hardworking and extremely adaptable as COVID-19 restrictions and regulations changed within the city, the province, and the country which affected the opening of Riel House NHS. Despite the public only being allowed on the grounds, and not in the house, the interpreters found creative ways for visitors to enjoy Riel House. Interpreters facilitated enjoyable experiences from doorways while visitors looked in or peeked through open windows.

Additionally, a "Riel House on the Move" program was created where staff were able to attend one daycare to deliver the program before the house opened. Again, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there were no special events at Riel House this year. The Soiree Jeudi/ Thursday Jam, the Métis Harvest Corn Roast, Canada Day and any related Manitoba 150 events were all cancelled.

Visitor Statistics

Date

Adults

Seniors

Students

Children

May 2020

Due to COVID we were not open- we had 0 school groups

June 2020

Due to COVID we were not open- we had 0 school groups

July 2020

We opened to the public July 18th

July 18-31 2020

38

2

4

20

Aug 1-26 2020

174

51

33

66

212

53

37

86

Total Visitors to Riel House NHS in 2020 = 388 visitors

Off site visits to daycares = 120 children

Total participants = 508

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