A.A. Heaps at Vaughan Jail, 1920.

On May 15, the Winnipeg General Strike begins, the largest in Canadian history, occupies the city’s downtown. The strike would last until June 25th.

The Industrial Bureau serves as the meeting place of the Citizens Committee of One Thousand, a mostly anonymous group consisting mainly of businessmen and professionals opposed to the strike. Over a decade later, one of the strike leaders, Abraham Albert Heaps (1885–1954), would donate several important works to the Gallery.