These items in a display case in this area date to 1842 and earlier, and were from the Red River area in the west, typically worn by First Nations peoples.
These items also date back to the same era- the rolled up fabric is a tell tale of the era of the voyageurs, French Canadians who traveled extensively for the fur trade.
This is a Mountie's tunic. The North-West Mounted Police was the predecessor of the RCMP as we know it today. This belonged to a police inspector, Leif Crozier, who went out on the Great March West of 1874. He was the first member of that force to arrest a Yankee whisky trader.
A panel here goes into detail on Sandford Fleming, the Canadian rail engineer who devised the universal system of timekeeping in 24 distinct time zones around the world.
This is a part of the original Canada Hall that I was pleased to see is still here. St. Onuphris Church is a Ukrainian Catholic Church, built in 1915 in Alberta. It was brought to the Museum in the 1990s, reconstructed with the sanctuary intact, and is still in fact used for religious services.
I took in more views of the central hub as I walked up the long ramp to the third gallery, which goes from 1914 to the current day.
I paused for a look across a large gap. A level below, and beyond that glass, is the Children's Museum area- I have been in twice, and both times came out with a splitting headache. A mural hangs on the wall, reaching from this level down to the ground below. We'll have a look at that from below before I'm done with this series.