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Visit Winnipeg to Celebrate Manitoba’s Indigenous Cultures in May

May is a great month to visit Winnipeg, home to over 700,000 people and the capital of the province of Manitoba.  This dynamic city is close to the geographic centre of North America and easily reachable from any major airport worldwide.

Manitoba has a rich First Nations (the Canadian name for Native American) history and Winnipeg offers fabulous cultural experiences for the entire family.  According to Tourism Winnipeg, the Manito Ahbee festival takes place from May 18-22 this year and “celebrates indigenous heritage and culture with events that educate, unify, and above all, inspire.”  The world can use a lot more of this good energy.

The festival opens with the lighting of the sacred fire at the Oodena Circle at The Forks, a culturally and historically-significant meeting place (for over 6,000 years!) in the heart of downtown Winnipeg where the Assiniboine and Red rivers meet. 

While you are taking in the festival, don’t miss the International Pow Wow, the largest in Canada and second largest in North America. Over 800 dancers in full regalia will compete in numerous categories, accompanied by powerful drumming and singing. It will be an unforgettable and enriching experience.


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