The Turtle Mountain Souris Plains Heritage Association (TMSPHA) is experiencing some growth.

It includes both the number of municipalities involved with the organization and the people interested in the work being done by TMSPHA.

In mid-March about 90 people gathered in Deloraine for the group’s annual seminar.

Jan McClelland has completed her first year as chair. “We had a great line up of speakers and information and that brought out a lot of people this year.”

“The past year has been fun and we’re busy. We’re in the early planning stage for Vantage Points six and we’re in discussions what that might look like and we’re hoping to get funding to do another film and this one would be about Whitewater Lake.”

McClelland feels they need to do some policy work. She says they’ve never finalized a constitution and always operated by a set of by-laws.

“So that’s something else we’re looking at this year.”


The Turtle Mountain Souris Plains Heritage Association is getting closer to including all the municipalities in the Turtle Mountain region.

“Melita is back in after several years out of the organization, and we’ve extended an invitation to Killarney Turtle Mountain, and we don’t know yet because they were going to make that request part of their budget deliberation. It would be exciting if they do because that would complete the Turtle Mountains.”


“We don’t have any Vantage Points stories that take east of Wakopa, Ninga areas so it would open up that eastern region, I’m sure.”


McClelland says that would open up all sorts of possibilities for new projects.