MEDIA EVENT
Jun
17
1:30 AM01:30

MEDIA EVENT

INVITATION TO MEDIA and INTERESTED ALBERTANS

June 11, 2019

On June 17, 2019 Her Honour, the Hon. Lois E. Mitchell CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant

Governor of Alberta will announce three winners of the 2019 Distinguished Artist Award

and welcome the Battle River Group, hosts of the September 21, 2019 Distinguished

Artist awards ceremony in Maskwacis, Alberta.

This year marks the first time in the 15-year history of the Lieutenant Governor of

Alberta Arts Awards to be celebrated in First Nation territory.

When: 1:30 PM, Monday June 17

Where: Government House, 12845 -102 Avenue, Edmonton

Opening Prayer - Elder Roy Louis

Her Honour Lois E Mitchell CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

Battle River Group – Chief Vernon Saddleback, Samson Cree Nation; Elder Roy Louis

and Dr. Jane Ross, event co-chairs

Maskwacis Dancers with accompaniment

2019 Distinguished Artists announced

Event will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

The Battle River Group is comprised of Indigenous, settler and immigrant

representatives from all along the Battle River. The Distinguished Artist Awards

ceremonies in Maskwacis on September 21 will culminate a month of activities

throughout the Battle River Region to celebrate the deep connections of the land, its

people and the arts.

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For information please contact:

Kathy Classen, Executive Director

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

780-222-7943 kathy.classen@artsawards.ca

About the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

Founded in 2003, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards are

among the most prestigious and valuable such awards in Canada, consisting of a

$30,000 cash prize and a two-week residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

for each of three new awardees.

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BATTLE RIVER WRITING CENTRE Writing Room
Jun
21
9:30 AM09:30

BATTLE RIVER WRITING CENTRE Writing Room

BATTLE RIVER WRITING CENTRE is excited to announce that its June 21st 2019 writing gathering will be held at the edge of the river valley west of Heisler.

Heisler Poet, Lenard Calon and his wife, Pat, are the hosts for this special event that welcomes all interested writers (beginner to experienced and anyone in between).

More details including a map will follow, but for now here are some important details:

  • Gathering starts with a tour at St. Martin’s Roman Catholic Church, 9:30 am

  • Bring potluck items for munching and lunching

  • Gathering features a  tour to interesting places in the surrounding area  

  • Bring some of your own/new writing to share

  • Be ready to write new material based on prompts from this amazing landscape.

SPECIAL UPDATES

Lori Feldberg will present overview of Writers Guild of Alberta Annual Conference 2019

Janet Enns will present an update on THE YEAR OF THE GROUSE  2019

Special report on the Battle River Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Awards!

For more information, please call Jane Ross: 780/672-9315 or email: source21@telus.net

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PIGEON LAKE ART EXHIBITION AND SALE
Jun
28
to Jun 29

PIGEON LAKE ART EXHIBITION AND SALE

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.

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

www.battleriverarts.ca

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

Donna Brunner Gail Farewell Judy Hauge

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ello,

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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LANDSCAPES WRITING RETREAT. ELLIS BIRD FARM
Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

LANDSCAPES WRITING RETREAT. ELLIS BIRD FARM

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

THEME: “NATURE”

Ellis Bird Farmhttps://www.ellisbirdfarm.ca/

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.

 

Preparation 

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.

 Cost

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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ART SHOW. FORESTBURG 100th ANNIVERSARY
Aug
2
to Aug 4

ART SHOW. FORESTBURG 100th ANNIVERSARY

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  http://www.forestburg.ca/content/forestburg-100th-centennial-2019

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 http://www.forestburg.ca/content/wh-webb-art-studio

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GRASSLAND RESTORATION - PROJECT BRING BACK THE GROUSE
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

GRASSLAND RESTORATION - PROJECT BRING BACK THE GROUSE

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.


    LEARN HOW SAVING OUR NATIVE GRASSLAND WILL

    HELP THE SHARP-TAILED GROUSE AND OUR ENVIORNMENT.

  • 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 canadiannorthern@telus.net. Web site: canadiannorthern.ca

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

For more information call 780 672-3099 or

e-mail canadiannorthern@telus.net. canadiannorthern.ca

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 canadiannorthern@telus.net. 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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GROUSE PICNIC EDMONTON & AREA LAND TRUST
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

GROUSE PICNIC EDMONTON & AREA LAND TRUST

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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IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS, EXHIBITION
Sep
3
to Sep 29

IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS, EXHIBITION

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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WETASKIWIN WORD WEAVERS
Sep
14
10:00 AM10:00

WETASKIWIN WORD WEAVERS

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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LONG TABLE DINNER AT CASTOR COMMUNITY HALL
Sep
14
2:00 PM14:00

LONG TABLE DINNER AT CASTOR COMMUNITY HALL

LONG TABLE DINNER AT CASTOR COMMUNITY HALL

Saturday, September 14, 2019.  5 pm. CASTOR COMMUNITY HALL

Long Table Dinner of locally produced food from Red Tail Farms and others. Music, photography, poetry and stories by regional bard.

Information about chef, and about tickets forthcoming.

All the food is being sourced through the Prairie Farm Project, a local cooperative farm group.  Dispersed through out the meal we will have poetry and music.  We are planning on displaying photography and art from local artists.  Our intent is to show case Castor and area.   

For information, contact. 

Kathleen Charpentier 403-882-3935;

kathleen.charp@gmail.com


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MASKWACIS RECEIVES ALBERTA - CELEBRATIONS
Sep
20
8:00 AM08:00

MASKWACIS RECEIVES ALBERTA - CELEBRATIONS

 

Maskwacis Receives Alberta.

Day-long activities including Writing Room and Cree-ative writers presenting poetry, short story, etc.),

Launch: Poems from Life as it Happens an anthology of indigenous, settler and immigrant writing prepared especially for this festival and all the people of Alberta and Canada; visiting collections of indigenous artifacts and visual arts,

Presentation of region-wide student writing and arts.

- on the river at River Bend, Maskwacis

- Samson School, Maskwacis

- Chicken (Grouse/Mamio) Dances

Evening reception for Municipal representatives and others.

Details to follow

 

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BUFFALO TREATY EVENTS. SEPTEMBER 23 - 25. MASKWACIS
Sep
23
to Sep 25

BUFFALO TREATY EVENTS. SEPTEMBER 23 - 25. MASKWACIS

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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THE FORGOTTEN MOCASSINS PROJECT
Sep
28
2:00 PM14:00

THE FORGOTTEN MOCASSINS PROJECT

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  mmackenzie@lacombe.ca

 

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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BATTLE RIVER AT BATTLEFORD
Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

BATTLE RIVER AT BATTLEFORD

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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CONCERT IN A COUNTRY CHURCH at FRIDHEM
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

CONCERT IN A COUNTRY CHURCH at FRIDHEM

DEC

1

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 Ferinttosh 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 borne at the time of the early Fridhem settlement.

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SUNRISE FARM - TWO TOURS (am and pm)
Jun
8
8:45 AM08:45

SUNRISE FARM - TWO TOURS (am and pm)

Right here in Battle River Region - discover the exciting project with a difference. Learn how Marie Ruzicka and Don Ruzicka have for many years cultivated a unique version of farming. Committed to biodiversity, sustainability they have honoured the parkland HABITAT on their 800 acres. And by honouring the HABITS of wildlife indigenous to our region, they can see encouraging changes that can make us all sing: birds, grass, people, trees.

Please take some time to visit their website where you can learn lots more about the history of this magnificent effort. You can also learn more about the people who are pitching in to ensure this amazing piece of creation continues.

PRAIRIE DREAMERS is what these people are called. If you are dreaming about the salvage of native flora and fauna in Battle River Region, you are welcome to join them. You will be amazed at the inspiration, creativity and vision that goes into their work. 

Stay posted for more information and/or call Margaret Rathnavalu at 780/672-7033.

IMAGE: A bluebird nest with eggs; taken by Jack Ross.

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MEETING CREEK BALL TOURNAMENT
Jun
7
to Jun 9

MEETING CREEK BALL TOURNAMENT

This year honouring the Year of the Grouse and referring to the Battle River Lt. Governor of Alberta Arts Awards. 

The Ball tournament has been held at Meeting Creek for years. It is a family event and involves teams from all over the Battle River area. Families come to camp on Friday evening June 7th, the games start on the morning of Saturday, June 8th and end Sunday, June 9th.  at 7 pm.

 For information, contact

Norm Prestage, Managing Director
Camrose Heritage Railway Station & Park
Tel: 780-672-3099

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THE VALUE of URBAN FOREST
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

THE VALUE of URBAN FOREST

The Camrose Wildlife Stewardship Society presents

The Values of Camrose Urban Forest with Dr. Greg King.

Venue: Stoney Creek Centre. 5320 - 39 Avenue, Camrose

This is a free event. Take a walk and learn more about trees and vegetation.This is a free event. Take a walk and learn more about trees and vegetation.

Everyone is welcome.

For information, contact Brittany Woelk, 780/672-0544

Everyone is welcome.

For information, contact Brittany Woelk, 780/672-0544

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WALK FOR COMMON GROUND, June 3, 4 and 5
Jun
3
to Jun 5

WALK FOR COMMON GROUND, June 3, 4 and 5

The Walk for Common Ground will be staying in

Millet, June 2;
Wetaskiwin, June 3;

Maskwacis, June 4; and

Ponoka,June 5.

You can find the schedule here: https://www.treatytalk.com/copy-of-general-information

Each evening there will be a Talking Circle and the community is invited to participate.

Submitted by Bill Elliot, Wetaskiwin. For more information email: billelliot14@gmail.com

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D-DAY NORMANDY, FRANCE 2019 - Battle River will be represented
Jun
1
to Jun 9

D-DAY NORMANDY, FRANCE 2019 - Battle River will be represented

REPRESENTING CANADA AND BATTLE RIVER GROUP AT D-DAY IN FRANCE

https://www.dday-overlord.com/en/

When journeys in wahkohtowin are started, we never know to which places they will lead or what inspirations they will generate.

In this era where PEACE is on the minds and in the hearts of many, worldwide, D-Day assumes new importance. It is also relevant to the many individuals (women and men) from Battle River Region (indigenous and settler alike) of Alberta who served as nurses, soldiers, chaplains, administrators, providers, doctors, ambulance drivers, seamen, cooks, and so many others. Through our own, regional wahkohtowin and the good will that is pouring out from the 2019 Battle River Lt Governor of Alberta Arts Awards, we are finding new ways to bring people together for peace and inspiration.

Here’s the very good news, indicating yet again how arts flow as stories from our landscape.

Elder Roy Louis and Judy Louis will represent all of us in their acceptance of

the honour to participate in D-Day 2019.

PLEASE TAKE TIME FROM YOUR OWN PLACE AND COMPUTER TO LEARN FROM

STORIES

THE D-Day Overlord website that presents over 10,000 pages of unpublished stories of veterans, precise explanations of the various military episodes of the Normandy campaign of 1944, maps of operations, many photographs of the time (with the rubric Iconography of the unloading) and current historical sites, reflections on the different films of the landing, a complete bibliography, all the materials used, help for the students…

D-Day Overlord is a real encyclopedia of the landing and the Battle of Normandy, to learn everything and understand all the battles that took place there, the committed soldiers and their equipment.

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BILL ELLIOT COMPLETES THE WALK
May
31
to Jun 16

BILL ELLIOT COMPLETES THE WALK

Congratulations to Bill Elliot (former Mayor of Wetaskiwin and Battle River Working Group member) for completing the Walk for Common Ground.

Bill writes: “Happy Sunday.” and sends pictures of the 350 Km walk from Edmonton to Calgary.

He goes on to say that “It was a most insightful, reflective, spiritual, and inspiring 15 days.”

For more information google  treatytalk.com or Walk for Common Ground.

Bill

Learn more about the walk here https://www.treatytalk.com/

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NATURE WONDERS AT MIQUELON with Eastlink filming.
May
30
10:30 AM10:30

NATURE WONDERS AT MIQUELON with Eastlink filming.

 

NATURE MAKES US MORE HUMAN

Dr. Peter Mirejovsky   

( Historian, Naturalist, Photographer) understands the benefits of nature to humans very well.

This film will take us intimately inside his some 3 decades long experience interacting with wildlife at Miquelon Lake. From each season, his photographs capture up close and personal encounters with the wonders of Moose, Eagles, Beavers, Grouse and many more amazing creatures. His photographs and commentary definitely portray “Beauty as it Happens.”

Anne Mirejovsky

is a student, world-class athlete and grouse researcher who is exploring why we as humans need the grouse (and  other animals) as much as they need us. They are committed to producing wildlife photography of unparalleled beauty that expands understanding of what it is to be human in our modern technological age.

Appreciation is expressed to the SCiP Program of Volunteer Alberta for an internship grant in support of her work in Battle River, Summer 2019.

 

 

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RURAL GRASS/LAND, HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE with Eastlink Filming
May
30
9:00 AM09:00

RURAL GRASS/LAND, HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE with Eastlink Filming

 

 

REIMAGINING THE RURAL LANDSCAPE


This film with Glenys Smith and others of the Canadian Northern Society Railway Museums and Parks

are engaged with grassland restoration, museums management, community gardening and much much more.

Hear how site visits and work bees at Meeting Creek:

- have salvaged and restored a prairie elevator,

- are underway to clear overgrown aspen groves in cutting a walking trail from Meeting Creek to Edberg.

- are focused on the habits and habitats of grouse and other wildlife can be understood and protected.

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EASTLINK FILMING: Mistahiya with Cliff and Kathie Brown
May
29
10:30 AM10:30

EASTLINK FILMING: Mistahiya with Cliff and Kathie Brown

 

2019 YEAR OF THE GROUSE 

Project Bring Back the Grouse 

Mistahiya: https://www.mistahiya.com/ 

Come by the Hills: https://www.comebythehills.ca/ 

Kathie Brown and Cliff Brown, Owners, will tell the story (or stories!) of Mistahiya and how it came to be. 

MISTAHIYA is a resort built along the Battle River Valley northeast of Wainwright. You get to Mistahiya by traveling along the river valley for 10 km. to reach this magical spot which is a perfect setting for outdoor meetings, an outdoor music festival and learning about the history of the Battle River Valley in these parts. Enjoy piped music and handcrafted  furnishings and learn from local flora and fauna, including the grouse.

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PRAIRIE DREAMERS with Eastlink. Filming at Sunrise Farm
May
28
5:00 PM17:00

PRAIRIE DREAMERS with Eastlink. Filming at Sunrise Farm


Margaret Rathnavalu in conversation about their dream - with project members; a dream based on “alternative economics” and designing a cooperative with an organizational structure and business models that address the Where, What, Why, How, Who and When of a demonstration project to transition the eco-trust at Sunrise Farm to its next stages.

Understand the far-reaching possibilities of thinking about social engagement, social entrepreneurship and economies in a different way.

This film will touch on Everett Rogers’ 1962 theory about the Diffusion of Innovations, that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread. Rogers argues that diffusion is the process by which an innovation is communicated over time among the participants in a social system.

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EASTLINK FILMING: Places that Matter at Sunrise Farm.
May
28
4:00 PM16:00

EASTLINK FILMING: Places that Matter at Sunrise Farm.

 

Janet Enns, Grouse Point  Person, in conversation with Don and Marie Ruzicka and Visitors to Sunrise Farm near Killam. 

Thanks to Eastlink Community Television,

this is on site filming in the beautiful rural landscape of Sunrise Farm - exploring a dynamic environmental conservation experience in the heart of rural Alberta farming country. Learn from hosts Don Ruzicka and Marie Ruzicka how their  sensitive and interpretive commitment to heritage family land is drawing people from across the lifespan to learn from them and how to apply their  methods. Sunrise Farm was nominated by ALL of Alberta as a Place that Matters® and shortlisted for a National Trust (Canada) award 2019.

Beaver Garden. Season Two, 2019.

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FARM TOUR, Sunrise Farm
May
28
1:30 PM13:30

FARM TOUR, Sunrise Farm

Learn  by experiencing Sunrise Farm near Killam. This tour is open to all interested people.
Amongst other blessings, you will learn how the grouse are returning - this is in keeping with attentiveness to their habitat and habits.

Sunrise Farm Tour http://www.sunrisefarm.ca/

YEAR OF THE GROUSE

May 28, 2019 at 1:30

 Hosts: Don and Marie Ruzicka  

Meet 

            12:30 at the Camrose Railway and Museum to carpool. 

            Directions are below if you wish to meet there

RSVP

             Janet Enns at janetmenns@gmail.com

             let me know if you are meeting at the station or at the farm. 

Guests welcome 

Bring  Snacks to share with the group. 

Directions to Sunrise Farm from Camrose

            Take hi-way #26 east, on the east end of Camrose

            Travel east to Range Road # 143 which is on the right side of the

            road; about 40 minutes travel time from Camrose

            Turn right and go 4 miles to Township Road # 462

            Turn left and go one mile to Range Road # 142

            Turn right and go a little over a mile; we are on the left side of

            the road and there is a gate sign

 

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ISSUES & DIALOGUE with David Goa & Friends
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

ISSUES & DIALOGUE with David Goa & Friends

David Goa has been an active participant in the cultural spaces of Alberta, Battle River Region and beyond for his entire life.

If you would like to engage with him and learn about the development of his website and podcasts https://www.davidgoa.ca/david-goa-news/ on subjects important to him, to us and public life, you are welcome to this gathering that includes a potluck supper and discussion.

 

Place: Rathnavalu Home

28 Grand Park Crescent, Camrose.

Please RSVP

T: 780-672-7033 or

Larry Rathnavalu at megandrath@telus.net. 

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WILD PLANT VARIETIES ON TREND, Chelsea Garden Show 2019
May
21
to May 25

WILD PLANT VARIETIES ON TREND, Chelsea Garden Show 2019

It’s unlikely that many of us will visit the Chelsea Garden Show in London this year, but it doesn’t hurt to look and learn from the gardening trends for 2019 and beyond.

HEADLINES: Chelsea goes wild for native plants as garden designers go for relaxed, natural planting. “The manicured look is out; the soft and natural is most certainly in.”

COLOUR: Linked to the native, wild trend, the most predominant colour is GREEN.

PERENNIALS: Big trees and perennials are in! In fact, if we’re planting flowers, the Chelsea Garden Show encourages us to plant perennials.

SIMPLE STRUCTURES are on trend this year; one garden even includes a large rainwater reservoir. Given the dry conditions in Battle River Region, this is certainly a garden feature to adopt.

SMALL FLOWERS are enjoying a come back – with small, understated flowers in abundance.

To take a visual tour and learn more, visit here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

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NATIVE GRASSLANDS
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

NATIVE GRASSLANDS

Dear folks,

Join us in Meeting Creek for a community work bee on May 11th. We will be pruning shrubs and shredding the wood to use as mulch for the grasslands. We will also be cleaning out some of the deadfalls in the aspen grove and shredding the wood. We plan to develop 4 areas in the grassland for research plots to evaluate several ways to replace the bromegrass on the west end and add nutrients to the soil in the process.

The Canadian Northern Society will supply the lunch, so we would appreciate your RSVP if you plan to come so we have enough food. Come along and enjoy an old-fashioned day of working together. Wear good footwear and bring your gloves and pruners! 

Norm Prestage

Managing Director

Camrose Heritage Railway Station & Park
4407-47 Ave, Camrose Alberta
Mailing address: P.O Box 1174, Camrose, AB T4V 1X2
Tel: 780-672-3099
www.canadiannorthern.ca

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GROUSE WATCHING WAINWRIGHT-MISTAHIYA
May
10
to May 12

GROUSE WATCHING WAINWRIGHT-MISTAHIYA

Launching the Year of the Grouse

Wainwright Wildlife Society and Mistahiya

May 10, 11 & 12, 2019

Build your FUN!! Choose from the following:

Friday Evening: Campfire Meal, Campfire Activities, Overnight Camping

Saturday Morning: Grouse Watch, Campfire Brunch

Saturday Afternoon: Afternoon Activities, Campfire Activities

Saturday Evening: Campfire Meal, Campfire Activities, Overnight Camping

Sunday Morning: Grouse Watch, Campfire Brunch

Friday & Saturday Evening Meals: Provided by the Wainwright Wildlife Society—$15/person

Saturday & Sunday Morning Meals: A hearty brunch provided by Mistahiya — $15/person

Suggested Saturday Afternoon Activities:

 Hiking the Trails at Mistahiya—WWS Bird Tower

 Canoeing on the Battle River

 Viewing the Blue Heron Nesting Site Nearby—arranged tour

 Painting and Drawing

 Checking out the bird carving displays—local bird carver will be on site

 

Unserviced Overnight Camping at Mistahiya—$15/night

From the Junction of Highway 41 and the Battle River, go 10km NW following the south side of the river to Mistahiya.

Limited Spaces Available!

Please phone or email Sheldon before May 4/19 to book your choice of activities!

780-806-3668 frissell4@gmail.com

The Battle River Group has been chosen for the honor of hosting the

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta 2019 Distinguished Artist Awards

Year of the Sharp-tail Grouse

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WORKING GROUP MEETING
May
3
4:30 PM16:30

WORKING GROUP MEETING

AGENDA

BATTLE RIVER GROUP. Working Group Meeting

Camrose Railway Station and Museum. 4407 47 Avenue, Camrose.
Host: Glenys Smith (Tel: 780/672-3099)

Friday, May 3, 2019: Gather at 4:30 pm for updates, potluck supper at 5 pm Meeting

AGENDA Focus: Progress Report for LGA Distinguished Artist Awards September 21, 2019, Maskwacis 

1. (a) September 21 and other Programs: Roy Louis, Kathy Classen  (See notes overpage)

    (b) Budget, Fundraising, Needs: Cliff Drever, Greg Zinter, Others;  
    Contributions to date; expenditures to date: Julie Girard (See handout)

    (c) Sponsorship: Joanne Zinter; Ardelle Ries; Cliff Drever

    (d) Accounting: Leanne Vig

    (d) Music Updates: Roger Admiral (Fusion), Veronica Weber (Solo), Jack Ross (Battle River Ensemble)

    (e) September 21 Program emcees: Tress Gibson (confirmed); Maskwacis emcee to be named

 2. Venue, staffing and food: Delorna Mackinaw, Angela Boysis-Bull

     Press Conferences, Promotions and media: Ann Gladue

 3.  Guest List, Invitations: Roy Louis, Judy Louis, Kathy Classen. Everyone.
    
Ticketing: Nick Beach, Jane Ross

  4.  Protocol: Lt. Governor of Alberta: Kathy Classen; Ken Regan; Jack Ross;

       Indigenous Protocol: Roy Louis;  Technology: Rajan Rathnavalu 

5. Provincial Writing Contest and details needing immediate attention:

    Schmidt Gift & Communication:  Roy Louis, Judy Louis, Delorna Mackinaw

 6.  Volunteers and volunteer coordination

     West: Bill Elliot, Susan Kokas;  

     Central: Margaret Rathnavalu (Ellen Parker will help);

     Eastern: Kathie Brown, Cliff Brown, Nancy Schmidt

 7.  September 2019 events across Battle River Region (See EVENTS www.battleriverarts.ca )

September 1 - Launch at Mt. Butte and Battle Lake. Designate Coordinator

September 20 and other events linked to BRLGAAA. Roy Louis

September 30 - Battleford and Allen Sapp Gallery. Leah Garven, Elder Gladys Wapass Grey Eyes. Jane Ross; Roy Louis

 8.  Progress Reports and Opportunities (see next block)

-  Grouse Point Person: Janet Enns (T: 780/672-8177);  Grouse Research: Anne Mirejovsky (SCiP)

-  Mistahiya and Wainwright Wildlife Society (see outline/handout)

 9. Events Calendar;  See website: EVENTS  https://www.battleriverarts.ca/calendar 

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APRIL IS POETRY MONTH IN CANADA. POETRY WORKSHIP
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

APRIL IS POETRY MONTH IN CANADA. POETRY WORKSHIP

BATTLE RIVER WRITING CENTRE PRESENTS

Poetry Workshop with award-winning Indigenous author, Wayne Arthurson.

VENUE: Wahkohtowin Lodge, https://cloudfront.ualberta.ca/-/media/augustana/aso/wahkohtowin11by17-v2-lowres.pdf

Augustana Campus, University of Alberta. 4901 46 Ave., Camrose

April is Poetry Month in Canada: in collaboration with Aboriginal Student Centre, Augustana and the Canadian League of Poets National Poetry Month http://poets.ca/npm/

A region-wide poetry workshop led by award winning
Indigenous Alberta author, Wayne Arthurson who was Writers’ Guild of Alberta Writer in Residence for the Winter 2019 Writing Retreat at Banff Centre. Bio to follow.

TIME: 9:30 a.m. Prayers with Indigenous Elder

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Workshop

WORKSHOP THEME and APPROACH: From Story to Poem.

Bring a favourite short story from which you will create a poem.

  • There will be opportunity to work from a story written by Workshop Leader, Wayne Arthurson as well as

  • Opportunity to present the poem you create (either fresh, or from the story you bring)

  • Bring your creativity along with whatever form you like to use in writing.

PARTICIPANT NUMBER: The workshop is limited to 20 participants.

REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes registration fee and breaks)

Fee payable to Battle River Writing Centre by April 15, 2019. Box 1581, Camrose, Alberta T4V 1X4.

FOR INFORMATION: Tel: 780/672-9315. E: source21@telus.net

Please send a brief bio-sketch of yourself including what you hope to accomplish in this workshop.

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BATTLEFORD VISIT: ELDERS AND ALLEN SAPP GALLERY
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

BATTLEFORD VISIT: ELDERS AND ALLEN SAPP GALLERY

Representatives from Battle River Region are travelling to the Allen Sapp Gallery, Battleford to present protocol to regional Elders and Battleford community representatives in preparation for the ceremonial events that will occur on September 30, 2019 at the place where the Battle River joins the North Saskatchewan River. This important visit recognizes sacred, historic, geographic, and cultural expressions within Treaty Six Territory.

     Time: 1 pm.  Place: Allen Sapp Gallery  https://www.allensapp.com/

    Address: 1 Railway Ave. E., North Battleford, Saskatchewan
    Phone: 1/306-445-1760.    Contact: Leah Garven, Curator/Manager
lgarven@cityofnb.ca

 All interested people are welcome to join this important introductory meeting.

September 1, 2019: The 2019 phase of the Battle River Ceremony (recommenced in the years 2012, 2013, 214, 2015) begins at Mt. Butte and the Headwaters of the Battle River with special activities that will be announced in due course.

September 21, 2019: The Lt. Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards at Maskwacis.

To our knowledge, this is the first time that the entire integrity of the Battle River is being recognized by First People, Settler People and New People in the Battle River Region.

September 30, 2019: Conclusion of the 2019 Battle River Water Ceremony at Battleford and the Allen Sapp Gallery.

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INDIGENOUS HERITAGE PLACES AND PERSPECTIVES. National Trust Webinar
Apr
11
12:15 PM12:15

INDIGENOUS HERITAGE PLACES AND PERSPECTIVES. National Trust Webinar

Note time is Eastern Time: 2 hours ahead of Mountain Time.

Participants are encouraged to submit a question in advance (by emailing apiwowar@nationaltrustcanada.ca) after registering for the webinar, as well as during the webinar. 

Panelists: 
Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn is from Peigan Indian Reserve (Piikani Nation). He studied archeology at the University of Calgary and McGill University and is currently an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. His early career in archaeology began in southern Alberta where he studied the ancient cultures of the plains. Dr. Yellowhorn’s internalist approach to researching antiquity began from his knowledge of the internal dialogue that his Piikani ancestors held in their mythology.

Ms. Karen Aird is from Saulteau First Nations. She has worked as an archaeologist and Cultural Heritage Planner for the past 25 years and has led many First Nations-related projects that convey a strong Sense of Place in landscapes and spaces, encompassing the stories, legal traditions and the intangible and tangible elements into cultural heritage planning. She is president of the Indigenous Heritage Circle and is the Heritage Program Manager for the First Peoples Cultural Council. Ms. Aird focuses on creating a voice for Indigenous people on all issues related to heritage.

Moderator: 
Chris Wiebe has been the organizer of the National Trust’s annual national conference since joining the National Trust in 2006. In addition, he assists with the National Trust’s government relations, advocacy work, and development of positions on heritage policies. Chris holds Master of Arts degrees from Carleton University (Canadian Studies - Heritage Conservation) and the University of Alberta (English). He has been an instructor in the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria since 2012, and sits on the Willowbank School for Restoration Arts Advisory Council (2015–present).

To register, go here: https://regenerationworks.ca/event/?id=978130575&utm_source=News+Alerts&utm_campaign=941a8806fa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_10_19_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9eec381e21-941a8806fa-207206157

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BATTLE RIVER WATERSHED ALLIANCE BIODIVERSITY FORUM
Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

BATTLE RIVER WATERSHED ALLIANCE BIODIVERSITY FORUM

Celebrate World Water Day!

Join Battle River Watershed Alliance to learn about the diversity of life in the Battle River Watershed and how volunteers are helping to monitor water quality and biodiversity across the region.

When?

Friday March 22nd, 2019

10:00am - 3:00pm.

Lunch is included!

Where?

Heisler Community Cultural Centre

119 Main Street, Heisler, AB.

Speakers will be sharing information about biodiversity and citizen science projects in the Battle River region.

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Indigenous Awareness Day, Our Lady of Mt. Pleasant School, Camrose
Mar
13
8:45 AM08:45

Indigenous Awareness Day, Our Lady of Mt. Pleasant School, Camrose

OLMP SCHOOL

INDIGENOUS AWARENESS DAY 2019 OLMP School is working towards honoring the Truth & Reconciliation Commissions calls to action (Awareness, Acknowledgement, Atonement, & Action) as well as the new Alberta Government’s Teacher Quality Standards (September 2019) by hosting an annual Indigenous Awareness Day.

This day will focus on educating our community on the true history of Canada while we celebrate the culture of the first people of this land. Staff, students and community members will attend and participate in an opening ceremony, sessions throughout the day and a closing ceremony with round dance hosted by Candy Morningway.

Our opening ceremony will begin with a smudge by Elder Roy Louis, a drumming demonstration and lesson from Rocky Morin and a key note address by Wilton (Willie) Littlechild, Ph.D., who is a Cree chief, residential school survivor, and lawyer who has worked both nationally and internationally including with the United Nations to advance Indigenous rights and Treaties. He has also – through leadership with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – raised awareness of former Canadian policies that decimated the livelihood and culture of Indigenous Canadians. In addition to his ongoing work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he’s continued to run his own law firm in Erminiskin Reserve, Alberta, and maintains his commitment to sport. He has been inducted into seven Sports Halls of Fame. He has been awarded the Order of Canada and in 1993, the Canadian government awarded Chief Littlechild the Canada 125 Medal. He is a 2015 Laureate of the Indspire Awards and was recently honoured with the Alberta Award of Excellence.

Following our opening ceremonies students and staff will sign up to participate in sessions throughout the day. These sessions will be run by various groups including but not limited to Elder Roy & Judy Louis from Maskwacis, Academics from Maskwacis Cultural College (MCC), Metis representatives from Rupertsland Institute, Leadership students from OLMP & their partner school of Ermineskin jr/sr High School, OLMP First Nations families, and numerous community supporters and volunteers.

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