It’s our national pastime and living in Alberta, hockey is hard to ignore. Canada’s game is also a big part of the greater history of Alberta’s black community. To conclude our three part series on Black History Month in Alberta, we look at three heroes of hockey. Continue reading
Have fun and enjoy special events and free admission this Family Day weekend at provincial museums, historic sites, archives and parks.
In our second of a three part series showcasing the black Albertans who helped shape our province’s history, we look at some of the trailblazers in our legal and political history. Continue reading
February has officially been proclaimed as Black History Month in the province of Alberta. To mark this event, we acknowledge some remarkable people who helped shape our province’s history. In the first of a three part series, we look at some of the first black people to call this land home. Continue reading
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 The exhibit tells the story of the APP’s creation, effectiveness and ultimate demise through various historical documents, artifacts and photographs.
It’s almost February (already!) and for many people, the resolutions made just a few short weeks ago are already starting to slip. Now’s a great opportunity to pump up those promises, get back on track and reboot! Continue reading
Join 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.