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

Download October News & Notes

Another TM-SPHA Interpretive Sign

Museum Conference

... The Association of Manitoba Museums 2016 Conference was be held in Boissevain, September 22 - 24. The TM-SPHA banners and copies of Vantage Points were on display. Ken gave a short presentation highlighting our recent activities.

Interpretive Signs

... An interpretive sign, "The Legacy of James. F. Dandy", has been placed in the James Dandy Park in Pierson. This is one of several signs that are in progress.

Next Meeting

... The next TM-SPHA regular meeting will be held in Waskada on Monday, Dec.5 at 7PM.