Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator

This special exhibition honours strength and resilience, and celebrates 25 years of advocacy and service for SCO.

– Grand Chief Jerry Daniels

Many of the objects in this exhibit have been generously shared by individuals and families who proudly represent their respective Nations, and all were designed or made by talented artists and makers from the SCO member Nations. The exhibit also includes historical objects from the Manitoba Museum collections — community treasures from decades past. With both the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ on display, Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator showcases a walk through many Dakota and Anishinaabe generations.

The Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator exhibit runs for one year. Admission to the Manitoba Museum is free of charge for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

“In curating this exhibit, we wanted to showcase the vibrancy, talents, and skills of Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples and to also broaden the perception of what First Nations art is. As such, we chose to include artists and makers at various stages of their careers and across a multitude of media, from historical to contemporary,”

– Amanda McLeod,
Co-Curator and member of the Sagkeeng Anicinabe Nation.

SCO and the Manitoba Museum created the exhibit in ceremony. We would like to express gratitude to the following Elders and Knowledge Keepers: William Campbell, Ebb and Flow First Nation; Gloria Lalman, Peguis First Nation; Stella McKay, Berens River First Nation; Virginia McKay, Berens River First Nation; Mary Maytwayashing, Lake Manitoba First Nation; Robert Maytwayashing, Lake Manitoba First Nation; Lorraine Pompana, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation; and Martina Fisher, Bloodvein First Nation. Thank you also to the Manitoba Museum and to co-curators Amanda McLeod and Dr. Amelia Fay.

Manidoo Miiniigooizowin, A Gift from the Creator will be on display in the Discovery Room and Welcome Gallery at the Manitoba Museum until April 2025.

Read our press release SCO Launches Manidoo Miiniigooizowin: A Gift from the Creator at the Manitoba Museum.