The Nellie Awards

Congratulations to all of the recipients of the inaugural Nellie Awards, presented at the Centennial Gala on January 28th, 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre. The Nellie Awards recognize Manitoba women who have followed Nellie McClung’s footsteps through their contributions to social justice, the arts, and promoting democracy.

For a full list of award winners and bios...

Thank You for your Support of the Centennial Gala

The Nellie McClung Foundation would like to thank aoo of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees who helped to make the Centennial Gala: Celebration 100 Years of MB Women's Right to Vote a tremendous success.

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Recent News

The Nellie McClung Foundation Unveils Plaque

Today The Nellie McClung Foundation officially unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th Anniversary of some Manitoba women being the first in Canada to get the vote at the Manitoba Legislative Building. The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and Premier Brian Pallister delivered remarks at the ceremony. Speaker of the Manitoba […]

Canada’s History for Kids Young Citizen Project – Sebastien

Manitoba’s own Sebastien S., a student at the Red River Valley Junior Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba chose to do his Red River Heritage Fair project on “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote”. The project talks about the history behind women’s suffrage, who led the cause and how it impacted today’s world. What was the most […]

The Nellie McClung Foundation Receives Centennial Recognition Award

WINNIPEG – On Saturday, August 13, 2016, The Nellie McClung Foundation was recognized as a recipient of a Centennial Recognition Award. This award is given by the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) and acknowledged 100 Women’s Organizations for their work in 100 years of women’s suffrage. The Centennial Recognition Award was […]

The Nellie McClung Foundation Announces Jaime Black as Second Arts Legacy Award Recipient

For Immediate Release

 WINNIPEG—On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, multidisciplinary artist Jaime Black became the second recipient of The Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award. The Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award recognizes a woman who is emerging in her artistic practice, or a collective of emerging women artists, whose artistic work seeks to engage with […]

West End Biz Announces “Mural to celebrate voting rights for women”

The West End Business Improvement Zone outdoor gallery will soon include a mural to celebrate the historic story that lead to voting rights for women. The artwork, planned for this summer, will feature Nellie McClung and other Manitoba suffragists along with many significant elements. The location has not yet been determined but it will be […]

Garry Hilderman

It is with regret that the Nellie McClung Foundation acknowledges Garry Hilderman’s passing on January 22nd, 2016.  As a landscape architect, Garry was a significant contributor to the Nellie McClung monument that now stands on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. This initiative could not have been such a success without his wisdom and creativity. We at […]

Foundation Announces the Second Nellie McClung Foundation Arts Legacy Award

For Immediate Release

 WINNIPEG—The Nellie McClung Foundation is opening their second annual competition/campaign for the Arts Legacy Award. The Award recognizes a woman who is emerging in her artistic practice, or a collective of emerging women artists, whose artistic work seeks to engage with community in social justice issues. An amount of $2,000 is awarded […]

An Interview with Let Them Howl Playwright, Sharon Bajer

The Nellie McClung Foundation invites you to Let Them Howl – an engaging and entertaining re-telling of the famous ‘mock-parliament’ play that featured Nellie McClung and her peers in the Political Equality League. Tickets are on sale at for this one-time-only event to be staged on October 18th, 2015 at the Prairie Theatre Exchange. Leading up […]

Nellie McClung Awards to Celebrate MB Women’s Contributions to Social Justice, the Arts and Democracy

June 18, 2015 – Five years after the unveiling of its iconic monument on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature, the Nellie McClung Foundation, in partnership with the Winnipeg Free Press and Golden West Media, is proud to announce the ‘Nellies’. These awards will honour Nellie McClung’s vision by recognizing the spirit of her life’s […]

The 100th Anniversary of the Mock Parliament

January 28, 2015 is the 100th Anniversary of the Mock Parliament – held in Winnipeg at the Walker Theatre in 1914. The satirical play was performed by the Political Equality League, who reversed the role of men and women, and featured Nellie McClung in the role of MB’s premier. It completely won over public sentiment, and […]