Welcome to the Turtle Mountain – Souris Plains Heritage Association of southwest Manitoba, Canada!

The Turtle Mountain Dakota. Chief H'Damani is seen here third from the right, 1870's. CREDIT: Manitoba Archives

For a historical journey of southwest Manitoba, please take advantage of our Interactive Map feature. This map allows visitors to get a feel for the layers of sites and stories that exist on the landscape.

We are also busy with a number of projects and activities. Check out our Upcoming Events page to find out what we’re up to.

"We’ve each taken on vantage points – be they physical or philosophical – from which we assess our world. Any site or story has many viewpoints."

"There is evidence that humans have used this region to gather food, provide shelter and enjoy community for 10,000 years. On the surface, we hope to celebrate our local sites and stories to enjoy them for their entertainment value. But we also hope to offer inspiration for the road ahead by looking beyond our own communities and comfort zones. As many of us have discovered over the years, our independence depends on our interdependence. It would seem wise for us to understand how this landscape has been used over the centuries so we can better contribute to the knowledge, interactions and lifestyles of our children and their children."

As time elapses the older stories and sites get covered by the new, and so we’re making extra effort to uncover those deeper layers. We’re hoping to find a blend in which everyone in the region will recognize their heritage as being central to the past, present and future."

  • David Neufeld, TM-SPHA Board Member, in the Introduction to Vantage Points (Vol I)


News Updates

*Next Board meeting - Monday January 14, Hartney Municipal Office, 2PM

Don't Miss

Abandoned Manitoba & More Abandoned Manitoba

Book Signing & Presentation Dr. Gordon Goldsboro

Dec. 3, 7-9 PM, at the Sawmill in Boissevain

Two new resources have been added to our Resources For Schools section.....

Turtle Mountain Mud - The Story of Manitoba's Coal Mines - A Video Project

Available wherever our Vantage Books are sold and: YouTube

Turtle Mountain and the Souris Plains - Our History - A Vantage Points Resource For the Classroom

View the Project