The future of Manitoba's past is going to be significantly impacted by federal budget cuts.

There are millions of artifacts currently housed in a McDermot Avenue building in Winnipeg's Exchange District.

Those pieces, along with dozens of people who catalogue and maintain them, will be moved to Ottawa within the next year, said Greg Thomas, a former Parks Canada manager.

That will affect sites such as Lower Fort Garry because the artifacts will be so far away, he said. Getting items sent back to Manitoba to set up displays could take several days.

"You would still have some of that expertise in Ottawa, [but] it's just that much more complicated and complex to deliver that story [from here]," he said.

Thomas hopes groups such as First Nations will still be able to have access to their items once they are moved to Ottawa, but says it will be much more cumbersome to study those items.

It was recently announced that the doors to the Riel House National Historic Site would be closed to the public for good, as of September.

The 132-year-old log and plaster home, where Louis Riel lay in state after his execution for treason in 1885, is one of the victims of the federal cuts.

Items in that house, which is furnished to an 1886 scene, will be among those being shipped off to Ottawa.