Historic Places Days

Little Stone Schoolhouse: Open House

Little Stone Schoolhouse from the outside

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is participating in Historic Places Days again! Historic Places Days, hosted by National Trust for Canada, is a week-long event taking place from July 10-17, 2024. This event aims to connect Canadian citizens with the history of their community with the historic places around them. With their VisitLists and Photo Contest, participants can experience a wide range of historic sites that they may not have found otherwise. 

The Diefenbaker Canada Centre, along with the Little Stone Schoolhouse, are registered on the Historic Places Days map, and will be participating in the week-long event. Along with regular opening hours, the DCC will be hosting a drop-by event at the Little Stone Schoolhouse on campus on July 13 from 11am to 1pm.

This is an all-ages event where visitors can play old settler outdoor games, participate in a craft, or just pop by to see the building and inside the school! Bring your family, friends, or just yourself to experience the rich history of Saskatoon’s first school! 

Red Dress Installation

Honouring MMIWG2S+

Red Dress Day event participants

On May 6, Helanna Gessner, Curatorial, Collections and Exhibits Manager for the Diefenbaker Canada Centre and Marilyn Black, Indigenous Student Recruitment and Initiatives Coordinator for the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, were joined by Indigenous Elders and members of the University of Saskatchewan community to honour Red Dress Day and raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples. Together the group installed an temporary outdoor exhibit of red dresses around the Diefenbaker Building that will remain in place until May 30th. 

We would like to thank Elder Roland Duquette, Elder Linda Sanderson, and Elder Joe Naytowhow for starting the event in a good way and guiding us in creating a space where people could share and remember. We would also like to thank Rachel Fiddler with the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre for joining us and sharing on the importance of Red Dress Day. 

Members of the Saskatoon community and visitors to campus are invited to contribute by adding a red ribbon to the installation. Ribbons are available in the Diefenbaker Building foyer Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday 12-4:30pm.

Red dresses installed in front of the Diefenbaker Buildingorganizers Helanna and Marilyn of the Red Dress Day event