From human rights to sports and politics to environmental protection, Albertans did it first.
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Provincial Archives of Alberta has put together a new exhibit full of Canadian firsts that were done by Albertans, titled, 150 Firsts: How Alberta Changed Canada…Forever.
Canada Day – or, Dominion Day – has a long and storied history. Originally, it celebrated the uniting the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire. This new territory was now called Canada through the British North America Act, proclaimed on July 1, 1867. Later, in 1982, the holiday was renamed Canada Day. Over the years, it has become a day for celebrating Canada and spending time with friends and family.
Rutherford House will be celebrating the day with hospitality, relaxation, and fun!
If you’re looking for something to do for the entire family to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, embark on an Alberta adventure to one of our family-friendly, fun and affordable provincial historic sites, museums and the Provincial Archives of Alberta. You don’t have to go far to get lost in history, enjoy hands-on activities and take in the gorgeous Alberta scenery.
While most of our heritage facilities will be open for regular programming on July 1 (read a brief overview of each site and what they offer here), visitors are welcome to check out some of the special Canada Day programming at the sites below.
*Please note, admission fees apply
Miyomahchiowin means “in good health” in Cree. It also means employment opportunities for Alberta’s Indigenous youth in sport, recreation, health and physical activity through an innovative program led by Ever Active Schools. (Read the Evaluation Report)
The Miyomahchihowin project, which ran from August 2016 to March 2017, offered Indigenous urban youth the opportunity to gain high school credits, skills, training and qualifications in the sport and recreation sector. The goal of the pilot project is to provide Indigenous youth pathways to greater workforce participation and community building. The project is also an important step towards reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and supports the government’s vision to get more Albertans more active more often.
On June 21, everyone is invited to celebrate the 21st annual National Aboriginal Day (NAD). This is a day for everyone in the country to recognize and honour the rich heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
In southwestern Alberta, the World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (HSIBJ) embraces National Aboriginal Day as another opportunity to communicate its vibrant and unique heritage and storied past. There are a number of events taking place across the province to mark this special occasion, including special programming at HSIBJ.
Drive back in time
Experience Alberta’s history by driving back in time with a special display of classic vehicles, motorcycles and tractors at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village’s Vintage Day event.
From a rumble seat coupe to vintage tractors, car enthusiasts and collectors are invited to participate in this annual show and shine just 25 minutes east of Edmonton.
Returning this year: Live music
In 1914, an explosion in the Hillcrest Mine killed 189 men, making it the worst underground mine disaster in Canadian history. On Sunday, June 18 (one day ahead of the actual anniversary) the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre will be offering special programming to commemorate this tragic and historically significant event. Continue reading
Gleaming paint, the curve of chrome and head-turning good looks will be on display at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin on June 10 and 11 at History Road: the Ultimate Car Show.
History Road is a spectacular display of cars, trucks and motorcycles spanning more than a century of automotive history. The lineup features rare vehicles from Reynolds-Alberta Museum’s collection and those of enthusiasts from across Alberta and western Canada. From open-bodied roadsters to 1960s muscle cars, from tiller handle steering to electronic fuel injection and everything in between, there’s something for everyone.
It’s Tourism Week – so what are you still doing inside? Get out there and explore everything Alberta has to offer!
Tourism Week (May 28 to June 3) is a friendly reminder for Albertans, and visitors to Alberta, to celebrate and enjoy the province’s many tourism destinations and attractions – schedules permitting of course.
Some Alberta destinations and attractions are already well known across Canada and internationally – like the Rocky Mountains. In fact, the province’s national parks and the Alberta Resorts region set records highs for visitation and occupancy, respectively, in 2016. With free admission to all national parks in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, these numbers are expected to climb higher still.
Bengali Family Tree from Chakarbartty Family Fonds — PAA Accession # PR2011.0508/6
In the half-century the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) has been open to the public, they’ve collected almost 2 million photographs, 58 kilometres of textual records, 154,000 plans and drawings and more than 70,000 audio and video recordings.
While many of those records came from the Government of Alberta, the PAA relies on fostering relationships with individuals, community groups and other organizations to bolster their collections and help preserve them for generations to come. This is part of the PAA’s mandate to acquire, preserve and make available records that document what we do in Alberta.
Members of specific communities in Alberta often hold a wealth of records of interest to the PAA. For example, in 2015, the PAA and the Friends of the PAA Society kicked off the South Asian Documentation Project: an initiative to preserve and broaden the breadth and scope of the archival heritage of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and other South Asian communities in and around Edmonton.