Thursday 30 September 2021

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation


We are the inheritors of a land stolen from the First Peoples.

When we arrived we chose to make treaties with them, treaties to share the land and to support the First Peoples as they had to change their lives to accommodate our arrival and settlement.

Then we started to try to destroy them, not overtly with guns but covertly with cultural genocide.

On this first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation we urge you to consider this history, to reflect on what was done to secure our occupation of this land, to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

September 30 is also "Orange Shirt Day".

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived residential schools and remembers those who did not. This day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

On September 30, we encourage everyone to wear orange to raise awareness of the very tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour the thousands of Survivors.

The legacy of Residential Schools is not only a historical wrong, there are many survivors living today and the generational effects are ongoing in our society and especially in theirs.  It is important to understand both the historical and current world events and effects of this Cultural Genocide so that we can move forward in the spirit of reconciliation and truly share this great land as the first signers of the treaties hoped we would do.   

Forever standing in solidarity and remembrance.
The Victorian Society of Alberta

Here is a link to the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:
Here is a link to the CALLS TO ACTION:
There is also further reading available here:

Wednesday 29 September 2021

Moutain View Arts Society Festival

 September 11 and 12 we had the pleasure of attending the Mountain View Arts Festival in Didsbury, Alberta. It was a delightful weekend, and many  talented artisans and musicians were featured. There were also hands on activities such as painting a rock for their River of Rocks which will be at Memorial Park. If you look, you'll be able to find ours! We also were entertained by the shadow puppet shows the children created, hosted by the library.

We were joined by some of our Yankee friends and had a booth set up.  We enjoyed visiting with the public and answering their questions. We were thrilled to be beside a live music booth and were blown away with the talented musicians!

We also visited the Didsbury Museum, which is a must see when you're in town.  Art the bear was celebrating his 10th birthday, so we sampled some of his birthday cake and enjoyed some sprightly tunes by the North West Mounted Police band. The scarecrows were very creative and added a festive touch!
It was a fantastic weekend and we highly recommend attending next year if you can. There was fun for all ages and the hospitality was first rate! 
Keep your eyes open for the dates for 2022!

Wednesday 1 September 2021

Happy Birthday Alberta!

September 1, 1905 Alberta and Saskatchewan become provinces. 

Happy 116th birthday!

Alberta is the only province in Canada named after a princess, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, the 4th daughter of Queen Victoria.

Thanks for reading.

Victorian Society of Alberta