Centennial Institute

Arts, Culture & Heritage

The Centennial Institute is a legacy initiative created by The Foundation to celebrate its 100th anniversary.  

Primarily supporting the study of Canadian and Indigenous history with a Winnipeg and Manitoba focus, its mandate is to enrich the study of history with particular interest in human rights and the evolution of civil society. 

There are 17 graduate level scholarships already in place. The Centennial Institute endowment fund will provide on-going discretionary revenues to support related projects.

  • About the Centennial Institute [PDF], includes:
    • Commentary on creation and mandate
    • Vision, mission, and values
    • Recent grants, allowances and awards
    • List of Scholarships

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Scholarships for students


Centennial Institute Scholarships support Masters and PhD students in the Joint Master’s Program (JMP) offered by the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.

Centennial Institute Grants for charitable organizations

Centennial Institute Grants provide grants up to $15,000 to charitable organizations from across the province that undertake projects to enrich our appreciation of Manitoba history.

Recent Grants

The following organizations received $15,000 grants in 2022 for projects that embellish appreciation of Manitoba’s history from diverse perspectives:

  • Crafts Museum and Library
  • Friends of Dalnavert
  • Klinic
  • Main Street Project
  • Manitoba Eco-Network
  • Manitoba Harm Reduction
  • Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  • Société Historique de Saint Boniface
  • Westworth United Church
  • Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Special Report

  • Manitoba’s Employment Landscape in the Heritage Field [PDF]
    A report on the research conducted Legacy Bowes of the existing roles that exist within the Heritage fields, across various types of organizations that focus on the preservation, study, education and communication of History.

Steering Committee

  • Sky Bridges, Chair
  • Richard Frost, Past Chair
  • James Hanley, Vice Chair
  • Janis Thiessen, JMP Chair
  • Greg Bak
  • Jennifer Dueck
  • Joy Loewen
  • Maureen Matthews
  • Phi Vu Nguyen
  • Karen Sharma
  • Stan Mackay, Elder
  • Belinda VandenBroeck, Elder

History Department Heads Tina Chen (University of Manitoba – 2020), Roisin Cossar (University of Manitoba – 2021) and Mark Meuwese (University of Winnipeg), and Elder Stan McKay were also active participants.

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