So what brings you to the Provincial Archives?


Editor’s note: this is a long-form blog post; sit back and enjoy the read!

In the past, if you needed a photo, video or map for a project, you had to go to an institution that held that information and spend a considerable amount of time finding the records. Today, if you need material for an assignment or project, you go online and find what you need – usually in a matter of minutes.

Online content is ubiquitous in pretty much everything we see, read and study; however, sometimes you still need to go directly to the source to get the correct information and best quality media. In Alberta, that source is the Provincial Archives of Alberta (PAA).

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Poetry and more at Stephansson House

Stephansson House

If you’re someone who is inspired by Alberta’s amazing vistas and vast prairies, you might understand how Icelandic immigrant Stephan G. Stephansson – later known as the Klettafjallaskadið, or “the poet of the Rocky Mountains” if you don’t speak Icelandic – became one of Canada’s most prolific poets.

On Sunday, July 9, Stephansson House invites poetry-enthusiasts and aspiring-poets to visit and take part in a celebration of poetry.

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A Canada 150 Experience: Explore Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail

Photo: Brandon Born @brandonborn

On Saturday, the nation-wide celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation reached its peak. One major initiative for Canada 150 is The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail), a project that is connecting every province and territory in the world’s largest recreation trail. To celebrate our love of trails, we’ll be sharing some stories over the next few weeks about trails and how they connect us in different ways. Continue reading

Croquet and cookies on Canada Day at Rutherford House

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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!

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Celebrate Canada Day at historic sites, museums and archives

Canada Day

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

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


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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