Regular blog posts on the history of Selkirk as well as news, events and opportunities to support the Museum.

Hockey Game Shenanigans

Named the Alexandra, Selkirk’s first indoor ice arena was built in 1907 on Fox Avenue not too far from Main Street. The rink was named after the daughter of John W. Jones. In the 1930s and early 40s it was owned by Jimmy Skinner Sr. who was the father of Detroit Red Wings coach Jimmy…

Hosaqami: The Traveling Totem

Introduction to Hosaqami Standing at 25 feet tall and weighing over two thousand tons, the Hosaqami totem pole stands on Whale Island in Portsmouth Harbour, England. From 1910 to 1960 the Royal Canadian Navy would train with the Royal Navy at the HMS Excellent. Every graduating class would give the Excellent a present. Some of…

Better Water for Tea

The Red River and its vast watershed was vital for food and transportation for the Indigenous Peoples and early settlers. In the late 18th century the river became the life-line for the fur trade. For the Manitoba Métis, the river symbolizes the birthplace of their people. The significance of the Red River is woven into…

The Frank Hooker Award

October 8th to October 14th is National Fire Prevention Week. This week the Selkirk Fire Department will be working closely with elementary schools to teach children the importance of fire prevention. It is very important to learn how to stay safe around fire but also to know how to prevent them from happening. Some important…