Manitoba Education, the provincial department responsible for the development of curricula focusing on history, has relevant content on its Social Studies website:

It is here that introductory pieces, curriculum documents, supporting internal website resources and related links can be located that will inform community heritage projects with a potential focus on school-age students.

The following entries highlight the historical content focus for Grades 5, 6 and 11, whose curriculum has relevance for local heritage activities:

Grade 5: People and Stories of Canada to 1867

School project

Cluster 1- First Peoples

  • ways of life (daily life, leadership, culture, beliefs, interactions between communities)
  • mapping (major physical regions, vegetation zones, bodies of water, traditional territories)
  • stories (pre- and early contact interactions)

Cluster 3- Fur Trade

  • daily life
  • mapping (places and regions of historical significance to the fur trade and the Metis)
  • interactions between First Peoples and Europeans
  • western and northern exploration
  • settlement (Selkirk and Metis
  • stories (coureurs de bois, Radisson, Groseilliers, LaVerendrye, Kelsey, Fraser, McGill)
  • Metis Nation
  • Hudson's Bay Company and North West Company
  • historical significance of Canadian place names
  • Cluster 4- From British Colony to Confederation (1763-1867

    • cultural diversity
    • interactions between First Peoples, Metis and Europeans
    • daily life
    • Selkirk Settlers
    • Confederation
    • Immigration
    • mapping (four provinces in 1867, traditional Metis lands and communities of western Canada)

    Grade 6: Canada: A Country of Change (1867 to Present)

    Cluster 1- Building a Nation (1867-1914)

    • treaties and reserves
    • immigration and hardships
    • cultural diversity
    • daily life
    • interactions/relationships between groups (First Nations, Inuit, Metis, Anglophones, Francophones, Cdn. Government)
    • individuals and events of this time
    • entry of Manitoba into Confederation
    • 1885 Resistance
    • North West Mounted Police
    • Canadian Pacific Railway
    • Prime Ministers (1867 -1914)
    • mapping (major landforms, bodies of water, major settlements of Rupert's Land, original provinces in 1867)

    Cluster 2- An Emerging Nation (1914-1945)

    • Remembrance Day
    • World Wars (Canada's involvement-First Nations, Inuit, Metis contributions)
    • Winnipeg General Strike
    • the Depression
    • Women's Suffrage
    • urbanization, and technological developments
    • Prime Ministers (1914-1945)

    Grade 11 History of Canada (30F)

    The curriculum is organized chronologically into the following five clusters, with each cluster including a series of Learning Experiences. These outlines can be printed on-demand.

    • Historical Thinking Strategies
    • Establish Historical Significance
    • Use Primary Source Evidence
    • Identify Continuity and Change
    • Analyze Cause and Consequence
    • Take Historical Perspectives
    • Understand the Ethical Dimensions of History
    • Annotated Webography