Manitoba Building Trades’ Warming Hut Reflects on Winnipeg General Strike

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Manitoba Building Trades’ Warming Hut Reflects on Winnipeg General Strike

January 24, 2020

WINNIPEG (January 24, 2020) – Today, Manitoba Building Trades unveiled their warming hut at The Forks as a special edition or “rogue” installation to the Warming Huts v.2020: An Arts + Architecture Competition on Ice. The warming hut, named The Stand, was created in honour of the events that took place over one-hundred years ago during the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.

“Manitoba Building Trades is proud to honour a legacy of courage and conviction in memory of the Winnipeg General Strike,” says Sudhir Sandhu, CEO of Manitoba Building Trades. “We created the warming hut to act as a reflection of these important events, while creating a unique work of art that we hope will serve to inspire the community beyond this year’s installation at The Forks.”

The Stand was created in partnership with Mistecture Architecture + Interiors Inc. “Our warming hut was designed to be an inspiration to all,” said Hijab Mitra, Principal Architect of Mistecture Architecture + Interiors Inc. “It tells the story of the courageous people that stood up and rejected the status quo during the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. It acts as a reminder to learn from the past to ignite change in our future.”

The warming hut, forged of steel and weighing 5,000 pounds, was proudly completed locally by Manitoba Building Trades union workers. A special thank you to workers from the Ironworkers Local 728 union who helped bring the warming hut to life.



Manitoba Building Trades (MBT) represents the common goals of more than 8,000 construction and trades professionals in our 13 member unions. We promote the interests of our member unions and engage in project partnerships to deliver safe, skilled and highly productive labour. MBT has a long, active history which began as the Winnipeg Building Trades Council on March 9, 1909.


Mistecture Architecture + Interiors Inc. formed to create a change in how we perceive our built spaces. We believe that architecture impacts our lives each and every day. For the past ten years, we’ve focused on forging relationships within our communities by listening and creating genuine connections. We believe that everyone has a sacred story to tell that gives meaning and purpose to how we organize our lives. Our firm’s strength is to gather those stories and tell them through the built environment. We take pride in giving a voice to the people and creating change in our world, one building at a time.