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The Manitoba Act, which created the Province of Manitoba, was passed by the Parliament of Canada, and received Royal Assent on May 12, 1870. The act was proclaimed on July 15, 1870, when Manitoba joined Canadian Confederation as its fifth province. Celebration of Manitoba Day on May 12 has grown into an annual community event since Manitoba's centennial in 1970.

Origin of the name Manitoba

May 12, 2020 is Manitoba’s 150th anniversary!

Although this year’s plans for Manitoba Day celebrations and public gatherings have been cancelled to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect Manitoba families, there are still many ways to celebrate.

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Download a colouring page of the Manitoba flag

Print and colour the Manitoba flag. Then post it in your window or elsewhere. Share a photo of you, your family and your coloured flag on social media using

Virtual opportunities to celebrate Manitoba Day

  • In celebration of Manitoba Day, Archives of Manitoba is now posting digitized films from their holdings online. The first uploads feature Manitoba‚Äôs history, including a film about the 1926 opening of the downtown Winnipeg Bay store, a 1959 film about a public health issue in the province and a 1968 film about Manitoba in the winter. Visit Your Archives Online Event – Manitoba Day 2020 – Archival Films and Videos.
  • Archives of Manitoba is also commemorating Manitoba Day with Your Archives: The Histories We Share, a year-long initiative which offers Manitobans the opportunity to choose an archival record and explain why that record matters. For more details, visit Your Archives.
  • In honour of Manitoba Day, the Association of Manitoba Museums (AMM) is highlighting artifacts from their online exhibit, “A Museum Called Manitoba.” The AMM will feature a different artifact each day in May on Instagram and Twitter. For more details, visit A Museum Called Manitoba: 150 for 150 Exhibit.