to Nov 28


The Forgotten Moccasins Photo Project

Created by Tom Baril,  a student from the Victoria School of the Arts in Edmonton

Opening Celebration September 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 – 50 Avenue, Lacombe, Alberta

Tom’s project will be on display until the end of November, 2019

Contact:  Maureen MacKenzie 403-782-1258


For such a young artist, Tom’s works are incredibly powerful.  He has a strong eye for capturing the textures, and colors of everyday life, while depicting the emptiness and sense of loss of the children left behind when an Indigenous Mother has been murdered or has gone missing.  His imagery, and his passion for this project brings many to tears as they hear him speak and witness the effects of the tragedy that continues to occur across Canada. 


Tom’s works will be featured with red dresses, to signify the Mothers of the children who have been left behind.  It is our intention that by showing both, the Forgotten Moccasins Photo Project, (the children) and the red dresses, (the women) the impact will be even stronger, resulting in renewed conversations, greater understanding and an end to the attacks on our Indigenous women.

In Tom’s words:  “I got the idea for this project from The Red Dress Project which raises awareness to the high number of missing or murdered Indigenous women. The Forgotten Moccasin photo project builds on the idea of the missing women, but focuses on the children who are negatively affected. When the women suffer in a community the whole future of the community suffers.”



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WRITING ROOM - Battle River Writers
1:30 PM13:30

WRITING ROOM - Battle River Writers

- Poems from Life as it Happens is out and launched at the Lt. Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards.

We need to book time at various venues for presenting the poems - do you have some suggestions?

Can you help with the arrangements for readings?

- Destination Prairie by our own Cathie Bartlett is due out any day now. It comes with exciting possibilities for connections Cathie had not anticipated when she situated her novel at Rutherford House! Did you know there is Rutherford House, Edmonton; Rutherford House, Banff and the Rutherford inspiration in Cathie's novel?

- Alberta Writing Contest: I've asked Judy Louis to report on her experience and the outcomes of this context. The winners were announced during the program on September 21.

- Other News? Your news! Fall is a good time for writing and there is lots to write about.

Some of us made the trip to the Endwaters of Battle River on September 30 - an experience that was profound and informative in so many ways. Our commitment to linking our river's Headwaters and Endwaters is complete, now the new opportunities begin.

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7:30 PM19:30


artsPlace Canmore

NOTE: Nan Hughes Poole and her husband, Peter Poole, hold the LIVING TREASURES OF BATTLE RIVER COUNTRY AWARDS 2019. This important award recognizes people who have contributed significantly to the creative fabric of the region and beyond. To date, 19 individuals have been honoured with this award. The organization, ALL of ALBERTA, has since 2012 been documenting the lives and contributions of the award holders, and is in the process of documenting the contributions in short biographical films. For more information, please call 780/672-9315.


Event: The Radio Hour Sat. Nov. 23 at 7:30 pm

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CBC radio personality, Katherine Duncan hosts Radio Hour with Bow Valley musicians – mezzo-soprano Nan Hughes Poole and pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon – as well as cellist Beth Root Sandvoss. The programme takes the listener through the playful and capricious sounds of Debussy, the lyric expressions of Schumann, and Janáček’s fairy-tales, with humour, intrigue and sophistication. Katherine Duncan will intersperse entertaining anecdotes about the featured composers throughout the programme.

Open seating: $35

Program Fee Member: members $29.75 / youth $17.50CBC radio personality, Katherine Duncan hosts Radio Hour with Bow Valley musicians – mezzo-soprano Nan Hughes Poole and pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon – as well as cellist Beth Root Sandvoss.

To Register:

Nan Hughes 

Nan Hughes is a lyric mezzo-soprano, whose interest in a variety of musical genres has taken her around the globe. Solo orchestral appearances include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in Vienna and Eisenstadt (Mozart), the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra in Hamburg (a live broadcast of Pendereçki’s music, conducted by the composer), the Dnipropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra in Kiev, the Calgary, Edmonton, London and Vancouver symphonies in Canada, and the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina (Beethoven).  She has toured throughout Europe, the United States, Ukraine and Brazil as soloist with New York’s Continuum contemporary chamber music ensemble, working with composers such as John Cage, Earl Kim, Giya Kancheli, Leon Kirchner, and Roberto Sierra, among many others. A member of the vocal trio, Times Three (, she appears, in Andrews sisters’ style, with pops symphonies in the USA and in Canada. In Macedonia, she filmed Dimitrije Buzarovski’s Songs of Peace and War for Macedonian television.  That cycle was written specifically for her.  Other premieres include the title role in Sebastian Hutchings’The Agony of Mrs. Stone (Banff, 2009) and the role of Katherine Anne Porter in Anton Coppola’s  Sacco and Vanzetti (Opera Tampa, 2001). She has many recordings to her credit, most recently Berg and Zemlinsky with the Gruppo Montebello chamber orchestra (October 2017).  Of that recording, Opus Klassiek writes, “Last but not least, is Nan Hughes's magnificent voice that gives these songs an optimum expressive vocal form.”

Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta, and enjoys an active performance career in Canada and abroad. She has recorded for WERN Madison public radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong, and CBC Radio.  Beth has recorded six commercial CDs and has premiered more than 50 new works for solo cello, cello/piano and chamber ensemble. Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble. Beth is also a member of the UCalgary String Quartet in residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.“The performance brought out its depth of passion.... Beth Root Sandvoss has a beautiful sound, coupled with an excellent sense of harmony—“ Gordon Rumson, Music and Vision

Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s passion for chamber music is evident. Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician” and other critics as “accomplished, experienced….providing an evening of musical magic”,  she has collaborated with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Ron Leonard, Andras Diaz, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi. Studies at the Banff Centre Music and Sound program brought her to the Bow Valley where she now resides with her family. Her primary teachers include Jose Ribera and Greta Eriksson from the Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm where she graduated with a Diploma in Chamber music, but she has also had the privilege to learn from Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand and David Moroz.Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she is the coordinator of Collaborative Pianists and teaches chamber music. She has also been a Collaborative Artist for the acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China and Poland since 2001.



Jules Massenet: Élégie for Voice, Cello & Piano

Leoš Janáček: Pohádka (Fairy-tale) for Cello & Piano

Robert Schumann: Lieder

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 for Cello & Piano

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano

de Falla: Siete Canciones populares Españolas for Voice, Cello & Piano

Nicolas Slonimsky: Five Advertising Songs


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9th Annual Concert in a Country Church. Details will be posted later in the year.

As always, a Duket Bord will follow. Duket Bord is Swedish for a seasonal fellowship table.

Getting to Fridhem: 4 miles east of Ferintosh on Township Road 440. South side of the road.

FRIDHEM means “peaceful home” in Swedish. Fridhem country church has its origins in the late 1800s when Swedish and other settlers began arriving in the areas south of the Battle River at places that later became known as Meeting Creek, Edberg, Ferintosh, New Norway, etc. Even Camrose had yet to be born at the time of the early Fridhem settlement.

For information, call Jack Ross: 780.672.9315

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CAMROSE, ALBERTA. September 18, 2019                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local musician Ryan Lindsay will be joined by prairie musicians for an intimate evening showcasing the stories that have inspired their song writing and music in support of the Spirit of the Land Foundation.

The Artists:

Ryan Lindsay: An Augustana Alumni, Ryan is a fast-rising country artist and singer-songwriter, winning the Country 105 rising star in 2018 and, following the release of his first album this year was selected as a top 12 artist in Alberta Music's artist development program, "Project Wild".

Don Amero: Don is an engaging storyteller, songwriter and performer. With 7 albums to his name he has already garnered numerous national and international awards, including a JUNO nomination in 2013 and two more in 2016.

Joni Delaurier: Born into a large musical family, Joni has been in music her whole life. She considers herself a songwriter first, and her music has made her a SOCAN Award Winner and CCMA Songwriter of the Year nominee during her career.

Troy Kokol: Troy Kokol is a singer, producer, video director and songwriter with over 200 cuts to his name in a variety of music genres. Troy is a recipient of the SOCAN Award for Country Music and is a 2-time CCMA Songwriter of the Year nominee.

The Fundraiser:

Spirit of the Land Foundation has been created to continue the legacy generated by the Spirit of the Land program at Augustana, U of A Campus, Camrose. Over the past 7 years students as well as many individuals from the larger community entered into a common journey to explore our relationship with the land and with each other.  The program heightened the awareness of participants to the need to care for and nurture an environment that provides for our livelihood as well as our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. 

The newly formed Spirit of the Land Foundation will focus on providing opportunities for place based, hands-on learning activities in the community and surrounding rural areas. The Foundation will also address the issue of making farmland affordable for new young agrarians through co-operative and community land ownership.

A kick-off fundraiser concert, “Prairie Song,” will be hosted by the Spirit of the Land Foundation on Saturday, October 5 at the Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE) in Camrose beginning at 6:30pm. For more information, visit or phone 780-781-5620.

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DETAILS FOR BATTLEFORDS VISIT, Monday, September 30, 2019
1:30 PM13:30

DETAILS FOR BATTLEFORDS VISIT, Monday, September 30, 2019

June 5, 2012 

There is much to learn in Battle River Country. Soon we will make the trip to Battleford at its eastern end. Like the river, it has survived the passage of time. As one of the oldest communities in Western Canada if has impressive historical sites. Founded in 1875 as a Fur Trading Post and the first established NWMP post, Battleford is amongst the oldest communities in Saskatchewan and boasts spectacular historic sites which have survived the passage of time.

Excerpted from “Who will Speak for the Mother Grouse?” (Jane Ross)

The time has come to make that trip to the Battlefords and the Endwaters of Battle River ― something for which preparations have been in the making since 2012.

On April 13, 2019, Jack Ross, Judy Louis, and BR LGAAA Co-Chairs Roy Louis and Jane Ross, travelled to Battleford. As a guest of the Allen Sapp Gallery and Leah Garven (Curator, North Battleford Galleries and Museums), Elder Roy Louis offered protocol to Elder Gladys Wapass- Greyeyes for connecting the landscape, communities and arts of Battle River Region. On that day, Elder Gladys Wapass-Greyeyes of Thunderchild First Nation accepted the offering, signifying willingness to receive Battle River visitors on September 30, 2019. 

The visit coincides with Orange Shirt Day. 

Please bring expressions of friendship and regionality:

e.g., books, commemorative objects, etc.


In preparation for the Battlefords and Endwaters visit on Monday, September 30,

Rayne Johnson, (Working Group Member for Battlefords) offers these background suggestions and insights:


. . . from Battle Lake to Battleford . . .  


Monday, September 30, 2019

1: 30 pm: Meet at Allen Sapp Gallery


1 Railway Ave. E., North Battleford. T: 306-445-1760
Contact: Leah Garven. Curator / Manager N.Battleford Galleries & Museums


If you are attending this event, please email or call 780/781-2487 by 6 pm, Saturday, September 29.

Our Battleford hosts want to know the number for planning purposes.  

Arts that flow as stories from our landscape.


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Conclude Battle River Group September Festival where the Battle River joins the North Saskatchewan River. Ceremony acknowledging the integrity, length and meanings of the Battle River for Indigenous, Settler and New People.

Illustrated historical talks and explanatory visits to Allen Sapp Gallery.

Battleford: in cooperation with Allen Sapp Gallery, North Battleford.

Allen Sapp. Painter

Allen Sapp, OC, SOM was a Canadian Cree painter, who resided in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. His art and his story have become well known throughout Canada. His paintings tell a personal story, and many feature images of his grandmother. His work and life story have been the subject of a number of books and television documentaries.

Born: Jan 2, 1928 · Saskatchewan, Canada

Died: Dec 29, 2015 · North Battleford, Canada

Spouse: Margaret Sapp

Awards: Governor General's Award for English-language children's illustration (2003)

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to Sep 22


4th Buffalo Treaty with 20 Nations represented from western Canada and
north western US states at Samson Cree Nation, The Buffalo: A Treaty of Co-operation, Renewal and Restoration

Relationship to Buffalo

Since time immemorial, hundreds of generations of the first peoples of the FIRST NATIONS of North America have come and gone since before and after the melting of the glaciers that covered North America. For those generations BUFFALO has been our relative. BUFFALO is part of us and WE are part of BUFFALO culturally, materially, and spiritually. Our on-going relationship is so close and so embodied in us that Buffalo is the essence of our holistic eco-cultural life-ways.

Purpose and Objective of the Treaty

To honor, recognize, and revitalize the time immemorial relationship we have with BUFFALO, it is the collective intention of WE, the undersigned NATIONS, to welcome BUFFALO to once again live among us as CREATOR intended by doing everything within our means so WE and BUFFALO will once again live together to nurture each other culturally and spiritually. It is our collective intention to recognize BUFFALO as a wild free-ranging animal and as an important part of the ecological system; to provide a safe space and environment across our historic homelands, on both sides of the United States and the Canadian border, so together WE ca have our brother, the BUFFALO, lead us in nurturing our land, plants and other animals to once again realize THE BUFFALO WAYS for our future generations.

In September 2014, the Blackfeet Nation, Blood Tribe, Siksika Nation, Piikani Nation, The Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Tribes of Fort Belnap Indian Reservation, The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck Indian Reservation, the Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Confederated Salish and Koothenai Indian Reservation, Tsuu T’Ina Nation signed The Buffalo Treaty in Browning, Montana.

In August 2015, the Stoney Nakoda Chiniki Nation, Bearspaw Nation and Wesley Nation and the Samson Cree Nation signed the treaty. All 12 nations/tribes gathered in Fort Peck for the first year anniversary of the Treaty in September 2015 for a week of Buffalo celebrations and exchanging information.

The second year anniversary meeting and ceremony was held in Banff on September 28-29, 2016

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An invitation to gather in Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis, Alberta


In partnership with Widlife Conservation Society


History of Buffalo Treaty Celebrations.
Dr. Leroy Little Bear. University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 

Habitat for Buffalo.

Convention of Treaty Resolutions with active participation ty signatories to previous Buffalo Treaties and other Tribes and First Nationals attendees.

For additional information:

Kurt Buffalo: Samson Cree Nation. T: 780/585-3793. E:

Delorna Mackinaw: Samson Communications Department: 780/360-9115. E:

Beverly Crier: Samson Museum and Archives. T: 780/585-4530. E:

Buffalo Image by Artist Dieter Schlatter; used with permission.




Friday, September 20, 2019 

7 am               Pipe Ceremony

10 am            Unveiling of Rudiger Schmidt Gift to Samson Cree Nation

11 am             School Play at Jonas Appelgarth Theatre

1 pm              Speaker Dr. Leroy Little Bear

1:30 pm        Speaker Dennis Omeasoo. Drum/Dancers

2:30 pm        Signing of new Signatories to the Buffalo Treaty

3 pm              Closing

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Heritage Ecumenical Gathering (11 am)

In the spirit of reconciliation with representatives of Indigenous, Settler and Immigrant communities.

For more information, please call Fridhem Society Board Members:

Ted Wigglesworth: 780.877.2383; Arlene Lidberg: 780.679.5946; Jack Ross: 780.672.9315

ANTIQUE TOOLS: POP-UP EXHIBITION. 10 am-5 Please bring your own items (labeled with your name and the purpose of the tool) for this informative exhibition of our history:

  •  INDIGENOUS: Stone tools, arrowheads, etc.

  • SETTLER: Farming tools - treasure these items and learn about them

  • ETHNIC: Tools from communities represented by the diverse peoples of Alberta and Battle River Region

For information, call Stanley Johnson, 780/877-2429

BASHAW ART CLUB: Special exhibition! For background information about this dynamic art club, visit

VENUE: Fridhem Heritage Church. Ferintosh/Edberg location Township Road 440, 5 kms. east of Highway 21.

DUKET BORD: (Swedish - “Coffee Table” with light refreshments; contributions are welcome.

Fridhem Social area and Heritage Room

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By the Light of the Harvest Moon

A Celebration of Creativity & Community

Long Table Dinner

September 14, 2019

Castor Community Hall, Castor, Alberta

All food served is sourced through The Prairie Farm Project and prepared by Chef Mel from The Northern Table with local libations provided by Balzac Craft Brewery and wine pairings selected by Richard Harvey from Calgary’s Metrovino Fine Wines . Artistry and creativity from those connected to Castor, Coronation and Stettler communities will be showcased. The long table meal will tastefully be accompanied by music and poetry; photography and visual art from local artists will be displayed.

3 pm Tour of the Castor & District Pharmacy Museum
5 pm Long Table Dinner featuring:

Red Tail Farms, the Prairie Farm Project & Chef Mel from The Northern Table

Balzac Craft Brewing Company (Airdrie)

Metrovino Fine Wines (Calgary)

Literary | Musical | Visual | Arts featuring:

Roger Admiral, piano

Alexandra Brigley, voice

Karen Fawcett, voice

Rosemary Griebel, poet

Anthony Holland, singer songwriter
Pat Lang, painter

Angela Nyberg, voice

Audrey Pfannmuller, painter

Rita Renschler, painter
Edward Ries, prairie bard

Paul Sapergia, sculpture
Rhonda Sylvester, voice

Veronica Weber, piano

Dan Wood, photography
Herb Zinger, photography

Tickets $65 available online at this LINK or available at (403) 882-3935

For tickets & additional information, contact 

Kathleen Charpentier 403-882-3935

Castor and the Slow Food Scene

The Prairie Farm Project has been truly inspired by the groundbreaking work of Richard Griebel and Kathleen Charpentier. Over the last thirty years, Richard and Kathy traveled the world to witness global movements committed to ethical agricultural practices, honouring the land and the bounty that exists at the local level. They were invited to attend Terra Madre/Slow Food International events on numerous occasions. Together with his wife, Dana, Ian Griebel established Red Tail Farms (3 km south of Castor) to commemorate the pioneering vision and spirit of his father, Richard. The Prairie Farm Project composed of Red Tail Farms, Lazy T Ranch (Brett & Jenna Hauck) and Lady's Hat Farm (Nikki Wiart) are renowned for their advocacy and dynamic farm to fork connection throughout the province hosting farm tours and long table dinners as well as supplying high quality products to committed customers throughout the province.

The Prairie Farm Project is closely related to the Balzac Craft Brewing Company in that Thecla Wiart, brewmaster, is Kathleen Charpentier's niece and a cousin to Ian Griebel. Balzac Craft Brewing Company will supply refreshing before-dinner refreshments for long table guests.

Providing suitable wine pairings for the evening, Metrovino Fine Wines is owned by renowned oenophile, Richard Harvey, brother-in-law to Kathleen Charpentier and husband to one of Alberta's finest poets, Rosemary Griebel—featured artist at By the Light of the Harvest Moon.

Culinary Arts

Chef Mel, the owner of The Northern Table, creates delicious herbal blends that span the seasons--the perfect cup you sip each morning & the herbs you reach for time and time again at the table. She is inspired both by the richness of Canadian agriculture and by her experience further afield in the kitchens of women around the world. She believes in the ritual of gathering. She knows that nothing makes life richer than sharing a cup or a plate of something delicious with folks you love. Inspired by Indigenous tradition of the three sisters--squash, beans & corn--now at the cusp of being harvested, Chef Mel will bring Latin street food to meet the Alberta harvest at By the Light of the Harvest Moon. To highlight the region, fresh produce & beef will be sourced from The Prairie Farm Project; a seasonal dessert will be accompanied by coffee and hand-blended teas by The Northern Table.

Literary, Visual & Musical Arts

Over the last century, the Stettler/Castor/Coronation Highway 12 corridor within the Battler Region has spawned a diverse assortment of talented artists who will be showcased at By the Light of the Harvest Moon.

The literary arts will be represented by Rosemary Griebel, an award-winning poet deeply connected to the Alberta prairie landscape and author of Yes, published by Frontenac House. Edward Ries carries on a century-old family tradition of poetry recitation, bringing epic poems to life through dramatic interpretation and dynamic delivery.

The visual arts will be represented by a number of established painters from the Battle River Region: Pat Lang, curator of the Castor Art Gallery (Castor) & Audrey Pfannmuller, curator of Candler Art Gallery (Camrose), will display their works alongside Rita Renschler (Ries) and sculpture from the late Paul Sapergia. Exquisite photographs of the Battle River Region will commemorate and showcase the outstanding work and vision of Dan Wood and Herb Zinger.

The Stettler/Castor/Coronation Highway 12 communities are proud of a venerable musical tradition established already in the early 1900s. By the Light of the Harvest Moon will feature serenades by the lovely Central Alberta-inspired voices of Alexandra Brigley, Anthony Holland, Karen Fawcett, Angela Nyberg & Rhonda Sylvester as well as exhilarating performances by solo and collaborative pianists, Dr. Roger Admiral and Veronica Weber (Griebel).

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In conjunction with the Battle River Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Awards, the following event will take place in Wetaskiwin:

4th Annual Wetaskiwin Author Readings - September 14, 2019
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the Wetaskiwin Heritage Museum in Downtown Wetaskiwin
Featuring Wetaskiwin and area authors, published and unpublished
(author books will be available for purchase, including those of guest author)
Free admittance  to event (any donations to the Museum will be appreciated).

Sponsorship: Thanks to the following for their support of this Battle River Arts Event:
City of Wetaskiwin event grant = $500.00
Legacy Dodge Wetaskiwin Dealership - Handivan service for patrons = $300.00
Wetaskiwin Word Weavers - in kind support = $500.00

Total: $1,300.00.

Writing Workshop with Guest Author Reader,  Rayanne Haines:

Development of Voice, Character and Relationships
10:00-12:30 p.m. Fee $25.00, open to all, 780-352-3073 for details and
to register

Stay posted for further details. In the meantime, contact Lori Feldberg at 780/352-3073 for more information.

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PONOKA: Fort. Ostell Museum - Battle River Exhibition
to Sep 30

PONOKA: Fort. Ostell Museum - Battle River Exhibition

Thanks to Mayor Rick Bonnett, Andrew Jones (Administrative Support for Community Services) and the people of Ponoka for joining in the Battle River Lt. Governor of Alberta Artist Awards!


The Fort Ostell Museum, Ponoka has a display celebrating the Battle River put together.

This display incorporates many different aspects of the Battle River here in Ponoka, including poems, paintings, historic pictures, and historic artifacts from the area. All of these were provided by local people who enjoy the Battle River daily.

Thank you for the opportunity to be apart of this wonderful celebration.

The address for the Fort Ostell Museum is 5320 54st Ponoka AB. The museum is open Monday through Friday 10am- 5pm. The exhibit will be running till the end of September. Thank you so much for including us in this!


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MISTAHIYA - at Battle River near Wainwright
to Sep 8

MISTAHIYA - at Battle River near Wainwright




SEPTEMBER 7 and 8, 2019

At Mistahiya Retreat Centre on the Battle River

Sept. 7 Saturday:

Ticket sales on site:

Adults: $20; Youth: $10; Preschool free

Complimentary camping (unserviced); Food concession

9am -10:30am.: Medicine Walk with Creeteacher

Calvin Laliberte (Kamewkwaniaso) from Smokey Lake

11am-noon interpretive Nature Walk to Bird tower along the Battle River with members of Wainwright Wildlife Society

Afternoon program and entertainment:

1-2 pm: Cree Nation grouse/Mamio or chicken dance with drum. (group participation welcome)

2-2:45: music by Brianne Bergerud and Mark Perkins

3–3:45: Vermilion Trio

4-4:30: Vermilion Pipes and Drums and Highland dancers

4:30-6pm: Gourmet Supper (beef and bison) catered by Red Feather Ridge

6-7:30pm. Daniel Gervais 4 piece band

Camping: open field camp area for over 100 units (unserviced)

Friday night and/or Saturday night

Sept. 8:

Schmidt gallery tour and 2 lakes Sunday tour


1. Explore area around Mistahiya: hiking trails (7.5 km. along the river). Follow trails to the fresh water spring and to the summit of Mistahiya. Canoe or kayak.

2. Take a guided tour to historic sites south of Czar:

Treaty 6 monument, Teepee rings, Stampede cairn at Big Valley Gap in the Neutral hills, McCord ranch, RCMP barracks, Indian effigy and Mud flats. Also Birding and possibly lunch at Gooseberry lake.


Lawn chair, all weather clothing, water, snacks.

All events are OUTDOORS. Covered stage for entertainment.

Supper served in Lodge; picnic tables are available indoors and outdoors.

Notes: wifi unavailable, intermittent cell phone reception

Area not licensed for alcohol.

Ticket information TBA

Sunday event by donation

Map/ directions: Mistahiya is located in the Battle River Valley between Wainwright and Vermilion on the Buffalo Trail (hwy 41) 10 km. East of Riverdale Park. End of road.


Contact information:

Mistahiya email:

Lodge: 780-842-1690

Kathie Brown: cell: 780-842-8322

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A month-long exhibition of footwear from Indigenous, Settler and New People: featuring moccassins, miners shoes, farmer boots, nurses shoes, refugee shoes, handmade shoes and sandals gifted to Battle River region citizens who have traveled the world.

VENUE: Camrose Railway Station and Museum. Details to follow.

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DAYSLAND: Rusty Daisy Gift Co.
to Sep 30

DAYSLAND: Rusty Daisy Gift Co.

If you like when the arts and business combine, you will enjoy The Rusty Daisy Gift Company in Daysland.

Owner Mandy Spiller (originally from Bashaw) is yet another outstanding creative person here in Battle River Country. She’s operated her successful business for the past 7 years and she’s excited to feature her shop during the Battle River Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Awards during the month of September 2019.

Stop in to visit her and her merchandise – and don’t pass up the opportunity to TALK IDEAS. Mandy says she has enough ideas for 35 businesses! You can talk fresh flowers (including unusual mixes with exotic thistles), foraging, personal growth through creative efforts and much more.

If you want to call in advance, you can do so; the number is 780/374-2107.

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HEADWATERS OF BATTLE RIVER, Sacred ceremony September 1, 2019
10:00 AM10:00

HEADWATERS OF BATTLE RIVER, Sacred ceremony September 1, 2019

In honour of Battle River Headwaters and the September 2019 celebrations that will take us to the river’s Endwaters at Battleford on September 30, this gathering will include sacred thoughts such as:

  • Canticle of the Creatures by St. Francis of Assis: honouring the four elements of Sun, Land, Fire and Air, this ancient prayer is an expression of gratefulness and praise.

  • Other expressions of hope and gratitude.

    Welcome to the ceremonies that mark the beginning of

    September 2019 as the month of the

    Battle River Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.

  • 10 am . . .

    Meet at Battle River Campgounds Parking Lot (directions below) from where we will travel together to the little bridge between Battle Lake and the headwaters of the river.

  • Headwater Ceremonies . . .

    This is a special time to reflect together on the ways in which wahkohtowin has been

    experienced in Battle River Region thus far in 2019, and to express commitments to the future wellbeing of the water, wind, air and fire of our region.

  • Mt. Butte . . .

    After the Headwater Ceremonies, we will travel to the foot of Mt. Butte.

    Rajan Rathnavlu will be guidance for those who want to climb to the top.

  • Noon . . .

    Please bring picnic potluck for lunch together

  • Directions to the Battle Lake site -- where to meet up at 10am:

    Battle Lake Parking Lot

    1. From Hwy 2, travel 19 miles West on Hwy 13, turn right onto Battle Lake Trail, travel West and follow the Battle Lake Park signs (approx. 3 miles).

    2. From Winfield, travel 13 miles East on Hwy 13, turn left onto Battle Lake Trail and follow Battle Lake Park signs (approx. 3 miles).

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Thanks to Susan Kokas for networking so effectively with The Edmonton and Area Land Trust whose members are keen to learn more about Project BRING BACK THE GROUSE - and have, accordingly, set time aside for a special Grouse Picnic.

Stay posted for more details in the weeks and months ahead.

If you want ore specific information, you can call Susan Kokas at 780/335-1947.

The Edmonton and Area Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving vital natural areas in the Edmonton region. These natural areas provide essential habitat for wild species and crucial opportunities for local residents to connect with nature, as well as many environmental benefits. To advance local environmental stewardship and conservation, EALT also works to inform the public about important conservation issues.

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Grassland Restoration as part of Grouse Habitat and

Project Bring Back the Grouse:

Part of Family Fun Day.

August 18th Family Fun Day event for all ages and interests at Meeting Creek. Spend a marvelous day in the country.

Time 10-4pm      Admission by Donation

  • Take a horse drawn interpretive wagon ride down the Canadian Northern abandoned rail line linear trail east of the site through the prairie grasslands to highway 56 overpass. Stop and walk the labyrinth. Learn about the grass land restoration.

  • 11 am-Take  an interpretive guided tour along the Alberta East Central Natural Linear Parks to Edberg (4 km return trip). Examine the flora along the trail and adjacent grasslands. Listen for the Meadow Lark, raptors and prairie birds.



  • Take a Discovery Self-guided hike or cycling adventure using prepared discovery packs, with your family or friends

  • Children’s Events: Give your children a chance for safe creative play by going back in time at this historic site. Ride the Alberta Prairie mini train. Run a sack or three legged race with your children or try your luck on the stilts.  Listen to story and songs for children at the Gazebo by the Station at 2 pm.

  • Before riding the motor car, meet Fireman Garry and hear what his job on the railway was all about. Tour the 1913 station and 1917 elevator with knowledgeable guides.

  • Listen to old fashioned well loved music to stomp your feet to from 1-3 pm in the hall area.

  • Barbequed hot dogs or cheese hamburgers; cookies, homemade pies and beverage available for purchase at the community hall.  Admission by donation. For more information call 780 672-3099 or e-mail Web site:

North West Linear Park, Meeting Creek.Admission by donation.

For more information call 780 672-3099 or


August 18, 2019 – Canadian Northern Railway Family Day at Meeting Creek Station (10 am to 4 pm)
New this year!
Spend a marvelous day in the country in Meeting Creek, Alberta, from 10-4:00 pm. Fun for all ages as you tour the 1913 station and 1917 elevator with knowledgeable guides. Hike the Natural Linear Park and discover nature in the Meeting Creek Valley using our Discovery Packs, or take a guided walk at 11 am and hear about the importance of the Grouse in this restoration area. Ride the horse-drawn wagon along the abandoned railway right-of-way. Take a ride on a track motor car or the Alberta Prairie mini-train. Hamburgers, hot dogs, home-made pies and cookies available to purchase in the Community Hall. Musical entertainment from 1-3 pm. Crafts and games throughout the day, including a sack or three-legged race which is fun for all ages or try your luck on the stilts. Story and songs for children at 2 pm at the Gazebo. Admission by donation.

Meeting Creek Natural Linear Park Trails

The East Central Alberta Heritage Society has since 1998 worked to preserve the old Canadian Northern Railway Battle River Subdivision (ex CN and Central Western Railway Stettler Subdivision) as a heritage railway (Stettler to Big Valley) and as a Linear park from Edberg to Stettler via Meeting Creek and from Big Valley south to Morrin.

At Meeting Creek our Society is the owner and steward of the station grounds and over one mile of right of way where we have preserved a section of the original 60 pound steel railway and now are preserving prairie grasslands on the station grounds.  Together with the East Central Alberta Heritage Society we have preserved an important piece of Canadian Northern history as well as an environment for plants birds and wildlife that is second to none on the prairies.

All trails are open year round to the public under the posted guidelines for use and following trail ethics. For Discovery Kits, trail tours or access to the gate code for horseback riding the southwest trail call 780-672-3099 or email Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trails. For outdoor recreation use for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, wagon treks, picnics, skiing and snowshoeing. The flora and fauna change with the seasons: come often and enjoy! We encourage visitors to enjoy related attractions that central Alberta has to offer—visit Tourism Camrose for more information.

TRAIL LOCATIONS: Visit the map interpretative sign near the elevator for directions to the trails. The trailhead developed by the Alberta East Central Natural Linear Park Society northwest of the station is located across the paved road leading into Meeting Creek. Stop and read the signs before you enter the stile. An outhouse and picnic tables are located 2 km down the 4 km trail (one way). The southeast Grassland Trail developed by the Canadian Northern Society begins at the map sign near the restored elevator. This 2 km (one way) trail has interpretive signage throughout the park site and along the trail to highway 56.

Please download the Meeting Creek Natural Linear Park Trail brochure and bring it along with you for your walk of the area.

Please ensure that you carry any garbage out with you. New interpretive signs have been erected along the trail beginning at the historic Canadian Northern Railway Station and Elevator and strategically along the trail. For more information on the East Central Natural Linear Park visit the Linear Park Information Brochure online at the East Central Alberta Heritage Society.

The above trail map is available for download.

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1:00 PM13:00


For more stories that flow from our beautiful landscape

Join Battle River Writers as we make another road trip to inspire new writing – this time to the spectacular setting of Forrest Hagen’s home and Eco-Tourist Centre at LaPrairieaire.

Meet at his home at 1 pm. For directions, visit the website. Then we’ll wander and listen and think as inspiration for new writing.

Brink a potluck supper item for a great outdoor picnic on Forrest’s large screened in porch. From that porch you can see far down the Battle River Valley.

For information, call Forrest Hagen at 403.860-1313 or Jane Ross at 780.672-9315.

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11:00 AM11:00


In preparation for the September 21st celebrations, the next Volunteer Meeting will be at the Samson Cree Band office on Friday 16the. New volunteers are welcome! Volunteer Training will be provided. If you have questions, please call Judy Louis at 780.361-9250 or Angela Boysis Bull at 780.335-7013.

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to Aug 11


Samson Cree Nation Powwow

THEME: Honouring and Strengthening Our Treaties

Everyone is most welcome to attend our celebration, which will be held at Bear Park off Highway 611 West.

Some of the key events in conjunction with the powwow will be Hand games, Slo-pitch Tournaments, 5k & 10k Walk/Run, Princess Pageant, Various Drum and Dance Specials.

Further, there will be a daily Powwow Grand Entry, start times are 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Chief Vern Saddleback: 780/585-3793

Vincent Saddleback: 780/585-3793

Kevin Buffalo: 780/839-8484

Cecil Crier: 780/585-0490

Angela Boysis-Bull: 780/585-3793

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10:00 AM10:00


3rd Annual Writing Retreat with Dr. Jane Ross as Facilitator


Ellis Bird Farm

LANDSCAPE: A Writing Retreat

Ellis Bird Farm on Sunday

July 28, 2019.

9:00 a.m. (meditative option)

Workshop 10a.m. to 3 p.m.

3 - 4 p.m. Optional discussion time.

Led by Dr. Jane Ross
Battle River Writing Centre

Join us for a Sunday with Words. Come apart from the usual to be with birds and trees in a retreat that moves through a series of reflective mediTations on place, landscape and symbols. Shape familiar words in new ways. Engage with nature to capture thoughts about what you love; find similes and metaphors from the earth, water and sky. Awaken to mysteries in the relationships of species and their natural surroundings. Think new thoughts and write them.

Landscape Writing Retreat Activities

☼         Landscape trends 2019

☼         Digging into memory to anchor you in your own knowledge of landscape and relationships

☼         Landscape conversations with myself: interior and external worlds and words

☼         Seeing the landscape and writing about what you see

☼         Landscape words: description and emotion

☼          New writing from the new experiences and thoughts of the day

☼         Reading out loud (optional) near the end of the retreat.



Preparing for this retreat is a personal exercise that can include thinking about paintings and photographs that communicate landscape in evocative ways. Likewise, it may be written work that evokes landscape responses for you. Bring samples along for show and tell.


WORKSHOP: $30.00. Meals extra.

Pre-registration required by July 20. Limited to 15 participants.

Register through Ellis Bird Farm

 9:00 AM - Meditative Experience amidst the birds and flowers of Ellis grounds
             10 AM -  3:00 PM Workshop
            12:30 PM - bagged lunch or pre-order from the Ellis Cafe
            Maximum 15 participants
            $30 (online registration required) HERE

Come apart from the usual to be with birds and trees in a retreat that moves through a series of reflective meditations on place, landscape and symbols. Think new thoughts and write them.      

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to Aug 4


Forestburg  Alberta is celebrating  its 100th Anniversary from August 2-4, 2019.

A calendar of detailed events for Friday, Saturday and Sunday can be accessed on the Forestburg website

In keeping with connecting the Battle River Lt. Government of Alberta Arts Awards with the anniversary, a special contribution to local and regional arts will be presented by Joe Hartung and Bill Webb.

Joe Hartung is an exceptional photographer who will have a theme display showing of 24 photos mounted on canvas called Eye to Eye With Wildlife. The display of 20X 30 and 16 X20 photos mounted will be displayed in the refurbished Forestburg Railway Station. They can be purchased. Joe will be on site to answer questions about his techniques. He is willing to share his knowledge. Joe’s photographs are frequently purchased by the local newspaper along with Meta Data write ups. Joe has a love of the outdoors and a passion for wildlife and domestic animals. . His photos on canvas resemble paintings and capture the intricate details. Joe also has photographs from the Blanket Ceremony held in Sedgewick.

Bill Webb is a landscape painter and has converted a historic bakery for his studio. He will have his wonderful landscapes  on display at his studio during the reunion.

You can learn more about Bill Webb and W.H. Webb Art Studio here

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2:30 PM14:30


Jerome Melancon returns to Battle River to update interested individuals on the progress of his research into the cultural histories of our region. Formerly at University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Jerome is now based on faculty at La Cité universitaire francophone, Université de Regina. Welcome back Jerome - we are eager to be in conversation with you again about your work of significant regional importance.
Place: Story’s Way. For directions and/or information, call 780/672-9315.
Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. Come prepared to share information and learn.

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4:00 PM16:00


Directions to Jonas Applegarth Theatre:

Potluck Supper Gathering at Jonas Applegarth Theatre, Maskwacis.

Primary agenda events include:

  • Theatre tour in preparation for September 21st LGA Distinguished Artist Awards

  • Awards: Distinguished Artists and Other

  • Review of volunteer activities to date and going forward

  • Review budget, sponsorship, fundraising

  • Events page: Reports and news

  • September Program: format, correct wording/presentation, schedule, etc.

  • Preliminary menu, chef and facilities

  • Related activities: e.g., Project Bring Back the Grouse, Regional community events

  • Exhibits: sponsor tables, art work, grouse (Ellis Bird Farm)

  • Battle River Arts network: communities, sectors, looking ahead


    Other: Call or email Co-Chairs Roy Louis or Jane Ross

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to Jun 29


An Invitation to Attend the 28th Anniversary Celebration

of the Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society Exhibition and Sale

June 28th & 29th, 2019, at The Village Creek Country Inn. (Hwy 2 to Hwy 13 and travel 25km west)

CONTACT: 780-361-7567

Show Hours

Friday 7:00 pm to 10 pm - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Artworks will be exhibited in the Spruceview/Diamond Willow Rooms of The Village Creek Country Inn

as well as in the Events Room on The Boardwalk.


This event is part of the Battle River Lt. Governor Alberta Arts Awards 2019.


Pigeon Lake Arts Society (P.L.A.S.) Member Artists

Donna Brunner Gail Farewell Judy Hauge



On behalf of the members of the Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society, I would formally like to invite you to participate in our annual exhibition and sale.  I passed on the photos Susan Kokas sent of your art to the other members of PLAS and we unanimously agreed you would be an excellent addition to this year’s show.

Further to our conversation, I will attempt to outline the event in more detail.  The Pigeon Lake Artist’s Society is a non-profit art society established 28 years ago.  We currently have eight members with potential for more juried members.

Our annual show is held at The Village Creek Country Inn at the Village at Pigeon Lake.  We have two locations there: the Spruceview/Diamond Willow Room in the hotel building and also the Events Room on the Boardwalk just down from ChefN’ Restaurant.  The Show is held this year on Friday June 28th from 7 pm to 10 pm and is by invitation only (we serve wine and cheese so it is not a public event).  On Saturday the Show is open to the public and runs from 10 am to 4 pm.  Your attendance (or a designate representing your work) will be needed during the hours of the show. 

We set up the show on Friday afternoon and we would need your artworks there by 3 pm.   Please bring your work directly to the Spruceview Room. We have some easels but if you have your own display material it would be best.  You know how you like to display your work most effectively and time is of the essence on that day.  We will provide signage for your name.  Please bring about five to ten pieces of art and then we shall see how best to display them within the designated place.  Also, it is most desirable that your work be available for sale.  PLAS charges a commission of 15% on all sales in order to cover the cost of hotel room rentals, advertising expenses, refreshments, postage and also to help with paying for the art scholarship we give annually to a student at Pigeon Lake High School.

Would you also email me a brief biography that I can prepare and print to display near your work.

As far as space goes, I would say the open area in the room is about 10x10 and it would be shared by the two guest artists representing the Battle River region.  Other PLAS member artworks will be displayed there as well of course.

We do mail out invitations but also send email invitations.  If you have guests (and potential art collectors) you wish to receive an invitation, please let me know.

I think I have given a lot of information here but likely have missed something.  I have attached a copy of the email invitation..  Please contact me via email or phone at 780-361-7567 should you have any questions.

Thank you,
Marcia Schmidt
Secretary, PLAS

Marcia Schmidt Dale Shuttleworth

Margot Soltice Penny Stokes Nancy Strandquist

Guest Artists

Sherry Richardson Byron Samson Ohpahmotaow Yellowbird

PLHS Student Scholarship Winner

Matea Mijalovic

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