|The All People's Mission in 1909 (Source: Bridgman Collaborative Architecture)|
|The Canadian Pacific Railway Station (Source: The Manitoba Archives)|
|The exterior of the All People's Mission in 1909 (Source: Archives of Manitoba)|
|James Shaver Woodsworth (Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia)|
Woodsworth believed that everyone in the community should have access to proper recreation facilities, so the missions basement was set aside for a large recreation room and swimming tank. The main floor and was left open for community gatherings and an assemblage of four folding doors that could be moved around to create a large classroom, sewing room or a reading room.
|Children pose with flags from their home countries outside of the All People's Mission, circa 1909 (Source: Manitoba Historical Society)|
Although the mission continued to serve the community for another 60 years, Woodsworth left in 1918 after a crisis of faith caused him to rescind his religious beliefs and to turn to a career in politics. The career change, however, did little to affect Woodsworth and his need to serve Winnipeg's North End community. He was elected to Manitoba's House of Commons in 1921 and served the Winnipeg North Centre constituency until his death in 1942. As a result of his time in office, Woodsworth is credited with helping to enact Manitoba's first Old Age Pension Plan, which is considered to be the cornerstone of Canada's Social Security System.
|The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre pre-renovation (Source: MICEC)|
|The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre under construction in 2011 (Source MICEC)|
|The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Centre post-renovation|
(Source: Bridgman Collaborative Architecture)
Today, the MICEC provides Winnipeg's Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities with the resources required to keep the provinces First Nations languages, traditions, and teachings alive and flourishing. Heritage Winnipeg was proud to have the MICEC take part in the 2017 Doors Open Winnipeg event!
To view a complete list of the programs and services currently offered by the centre, please visit the MICEC's website.
119 Sutherland Historical Report
The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre
James Shaver Woodsworth - The Canadian Encyclopedia
Manitoba Historical Society - James Shaver Woodsworth
Manitoba Historical Society - All People's Mission
The Methodist Church and the "European Foreigners" of Winnipeg: The All People's Mission, 1889 - 1914