Indigenous programming area

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

In 2021, Parks Canada unveiled the expansion of the Indigenous programming area at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site with the construction of three new Indigenous structures. The newly-built structures include two 10’ x 10’ birch bark dwellings (commonly known as wigwams) and one 12’ buffalo hide tipi.

This addition to the site increases the representation of temporary Indigenous dwellings on-site, and allows for more stories, culture and history to be shared from an Indigenous perspective.

Visitors are invited to visit the Indigenous programming area and take a look inside the structures. See how the buffalo hide is held together; marvel at the intricate details holding the wigwams in place.

The creation of these structures will allow Lower Fort Garry to continue to work with Treaty One Nation partners in sharing more fulsome representation of the Indigenous history, perspective and stories relevant to the Lower Fort Garry site where Treaty No. 1, the first of the numbered treaties, was made in 1871.

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View our gallery below, showcasing the builders who assembled the wigwams.

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