Joining the Herd
Joining the Herd (2007) and Joining the Herd II (2011) were developed to assist teachers and students in their journeys to active and informed citizenship.
Why the bison theme?
By the time Manitoba became a province in 1870, the great herds of American Bison that once roamed the prairies had all but disappeared. The bison symbol, however, continues to represent Manitoba and its earliest beginnings. For example:
- Manitoba's first official coat of arms, granted in 1905, showcased a bison standing on a rock;
- A pair of bronze life-sized bison flank the grand stairway in the legislative building;
- Since 1957 the province has honoured individuals who have made a distinctive contribution to the life of Manitoba with the Order of the Buffalo Hunt; and
- The Province of Manitoba adopted a stylized bison as its logo in 1984.
Manitoba Ombudsman adopted a bison theme to represent the process of learning about, and participating in, Manitoba's government. Students who have "joined the herd" are aware of how Manitoba's government works and understand how they can participate in it.