New pilot project explores pathways to employment and community building for Indigenous youth in Alberta

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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.

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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day at HSIBJ

HSIBJ_LandscapeOn 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.

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Cars, music, and food; Vintage Day’s got it all!

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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

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Classic cars and more at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum Ultimate Car Show

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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.

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It’s Tourism Week…time to explore!

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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.

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Documenting South Asian heritage for future generations

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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.

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Happy International Museum Day!

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You don’t have to dig to find something awesome to do in Alberta. After all, our province has many stories to tell and plenty of natural wonders to explore thanks to our network of 20 provincially owned and operated historic sites, museums and archives.

In honour of International Museum Day, we wanted to share with you a few reasons why we love our heritage facilities (and why you should love them too).

Are you into dinosaurs? Vintage vehicles? Tasty Ukrainian cuisine? Alberta history, artifacts and records? We could seriously keep going because we have it all! Our heritage facilities cover a wide range of topics and interests; to find something that intrigues you, check out this complete directory of facilities, locations and event information to help plan your next adventure.

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Dance, food, music and fun: Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village opens for the summer!

One of our province’s greatest gems opens for the summer in just a few days (Monday, May 22) and you are invited to celebrate with them in an abundance of food, dance, music and family-friendly activities!

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A drive 25 minutes east of Edmonton along Highway 16 will take you back in time to see the triumphs and hardships of Alberta’s Ukrainian pioneers. The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (UCHV) is an outdoor living history museum made up of more than 35 relocated and restored buildings and farmsteads that tell the story of Ukrainian pioneers who settled in east central Alberta between 1892-1930.

Opening event details: what is there to do?

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Adventure awaits at Alberta historic sites, museums and archives

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Join hundreds of thousands of visitors this summer in exploring 20 provincially-owned historic sites, museums and archives for an affordable Alberta adventure.

Whether you’re looking to get away, plan a unique date night, or take the entire family on an affordable day trip, our heritage facilities have an adventure waiting for you. For a glimpse of what you can do at each site this summer, check out the details below; you can get more detailed programming and event information by clicking on each site’s individual webpage and special events sections.

Looking for a grand adventure? Consider buying an Experience Alberta’s History Pass to receive unlimited admission to all operating historic sites and museums for one full year from the date of purchase.  This pass is an awesome option for people who plan to visit one facility multiple times, or several facilities any number of times.

Find our sites on social media to stay in touch and share your visit experience. We hope to see you out this summer!
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