Dalnavert Museum

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61 Carlton Street


With the virtual nature of some of our shows, Sarasvàti Productions wants to encourage folks to acknowledge and reflect on the traditional land on which you’re watching. If you’re in Winnipeg, you’re watching on Treaty 1 Territory: the traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Some components of FemFest 2020 will be taking place at the Dalnavert Museum in downtown Winnipeg. This museum, which was built in 1895, is a fine example of Queen Anne Revival Architecture. It’s also an artifact from our colonial history and a reminder of the harms inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples that continue to this day. The house once belonged to Hugh John Macdonald, who was John A. Macdonald’s son. It’s important to note and remember that John A. Macdonald perpetrated genocide against the Metis and other Indigenous nations on the very land the house stands on.

We want to thank the staff at the Dalnavert for acknowledging this history and allowing artists to create art and join together as a community.

Whether you’re watching FemFest 2020: Engaging Community virtually or in-person, we hope you take the time to reflect on your relationship to this land, learn about the effects of colonization, and actively work in the spirit of reconciliation.

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