Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police, 1917-1932

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For a brief period in the early twentieth century, Alberta had its own provincial police force similar to those still found today in Ontario and Quebec. Despite building a reputation as one of the most efficient police organizations of its kind in the world, the Alberta Provincial Police (APP) is mostly forgotten today, leaving behind only faint traces of its accomplishments a century later.

The Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA) is reviving the APP story through its latest exhibit: Let Justice Be Done: The Alberta Provincial Police, 1917-1932. Open to the public from February 15 to June 17, 2017.  The exhibit tells the story of the APP’s creation, effectiveness and ultimate demise through various historical documents, artifacts and photographs.

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Celebrate Robert Burns’s Birthday!

rutherfordhouse_r-burns-address-to-haggis-2Join us on Sunday, January 15th to celebrate Robert Burns! Every year, the week before Robert Burns’s birthday, Rutherford House celebrates Scotland’s national poet with dancing, poetry, and – of course – haggis! Robert Burns and his friends used to gather regularly on his birthday – January 25th – to celebrate and, after his death, his friends determined to continue to do so. That celebration became larger and larger, and spread across Scotland and to wherever the Scots traveled.

Alexander Cameron Rutherford, a bibliophile and first generation Canadian of Scottish immigrant parents, not only admired Robert Burns’s work, but he may have heard many of Burns’s poems recited at his father’s knee. One of the family artifacts at Rutherford House is a small print of Robert Burns wearing his Masonic apron – another connection as Rutherford was a Mason and responsible for founding the lodge here in Strathcona soon after his arrival in Western Canada.

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Feast of Jordan — day of tradition, food & wagon rides at the Ukrainian Village

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The Christmas season concludes a little later for those who celebrate according to the Julian calendar. Visitors are invited to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) on Thursday, Jan.19 for Iordan – Feast of Jordan! This annual event at the UCHV provides some insight on the cultural and religious traditions celebrated during the Christmas season by Alberta’s early Ukrainian pioneers. It’s a day of traditional church services, water blessing at an ice cross, tasty Ukrainian food and free wagon rides!

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Volunteer Stars Shine Bright at Awards Ceremony

Volunteering is a job that comes from the heart.  It is not done for money or recognition and it thrives off passion and love.

For the past 16 years, the Government of Alberta, through the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program, has been honouring some of the province’s top volunteers. Six awards are presented annually — two are presented in each category of youth, adult and senior. Since the inception of the awards program in 2000, 103 Alberta volunteers have received the honour.

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This year’s six recipients pictured above (left to right) —Harry Bartlett (senior category); Barbara Burgemeister (senior category); Dallas Ansell (youth category); Poshika Dhingra (youth category); Danisha Bhaloo (adult category); and Paul Finkleman (adult category) — all selflessly give to their communities through a number of projects and initiatives.

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Alberta youth invited to submit artwork for UCHV exhibit celebrating Canada’s 150th

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Artwork by Kaitlyn L, 10: I showed where my ancestors lived in Ukraine and how they came to Canada. I drew the house they stayed in with wheat crops growing then I drew them on the boat they went on from Ukraine to Canada then I drew my ancestors in their house made out of logs in Canada with some carrots growing near their new house and they arrived at night so it was dark.

UPDATE: Deadline for this contest was moved to January 31, 2017.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

As communities across Canada prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) plans to highlight stories and experiences of ordinary Albertan families in a special youth art exhibit entitled Where We Came From.

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