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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Pincher Creek Emergency Services 2017 Awards


Chris Davis - Pincher Creek Emergency Services held their  2017 awards event on Friday evening June 22 at the Pincher |Creek Fire Hall.  The Elks prepared a roast beef dinner for the first responders, administrative staff, family members, and dignitaries present for the event.  Chief David Cox and his wife Deputy Chief (retired) Margaret Cox were honoured for 20 years of service to PCES, and Margaret was also awarded for Exemplary Service, a provincial award and the top honour of the evening.

June Yard of the Month winners announced


Arianna Korbett - Pictured left to right is Rhonda Oczkowski, Rae Olds, Rosaline Berger, BJ Scott and Diane Burt Stuckey for the presentation of June’s Yard of the Month winner Rae Olds. Olds is a former Pincher Planter and says she loves gardening because she “likes to get down and dirty.” She was presented the Yard of the Month yard sign, as well as a Scotts Miracle Gro package by Communities in Bloom members Rhonda Oczkowski, BJ Scott and Diane Burt Stuckey.


Pictured left to right is Rhonda Oczkowski, BJ Scott, runner up of Yard of the Month Susan Hillman, and Diane Burt Stuckey. The runner up for Yard of the Month nominations was Susan Hillman. She built custom planters this year and customizes them with holiday themed décor. Hillman was presented a Scotts Miracle Gro package for the effort she’s put into her yard.

Bev McLachlin named Companion of the Order of Canada

17th Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin - Agência Brasil photo
On June 29 Canada's Governor General Julie Payette announced 105 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among those appointments, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin has been named a Companion of the Order of Canada, the order's highest honour, "For her prodigious impact on our country’s legal landscape, notably as the longest-serving chief justice of Canada, as well as the first woman in the role." McLachlin was born and raised in the Pincher Creek area. She retired from her role as Chief Justice on December 15, 2017 at the age of 74.

Statement from Alberta Trade Minister about U.S. tariffs


Government of Alberta -  Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous issued the following statement supporting Canada’s response to U.S. tariffs:  “We applaud the federal government’s retaliatory tariffs in response to the U.S. administration’s illegal protectionist actions. When the federal government announced their intention to implement retaliatory tariffs, I met with Alberta industry and business leaders to hear their concerns and suggestions.  I subsequently wrote Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne relaying this feedback and I appreciate that they listened and today responded with countermeasures and new supports that reflect this input."

Friday, June 29, 2018

Heritage Acres holds second annual Horse Show and Chuckwagon Supper


Toni Lucas - Heritage Acres held their Second Annual Horse Show and Chuckwagon Supper on Saturday, June 9,  a day of warm weather and sunny skies.  The organization has the aim of preserving and presenting to the public the history of rural life in this area of Alberta, and it works closely with those currently involved in rural life.  The show not only had a variety of horse demonstrations but celebrated the Achievement Day for two local 4-H clubs; Silver Reins and Multi Club.

Bear warning issued by the Town of Pincher Creek



MD of Pincher Creek hires new CAO

MD of Pincher Creek Chief Administrative Officer Sheldon Steinke
Chris Davis - At a June 12 meeting of the council for the MD of Pincher Creek, Reeve Stevick officially welcomed Sheldon Steinke as the MD's new Chief Administrative Officer, taking over the role from interim CAO Roland Milligan, who in turn took on the role when former CAO Wendy Kay stepped down from the position as of March 28, 2018. June 11 was was Steinke's first day of "boots on ground".  Steinke was formerly interim CAO for Lethbridge County, and before that was CAO for the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, and the Town Manager for Coaldale.

Pincher Creek Airport house to be removed


Chris Davis - At their June 26, 2018 regular meeting council for the MD of Pincher Creek decided to approve a motion by Councillor Brian Hammond to put the house located at the Pincher Creek Airport up for tender, as is where is, with no offer necessarily accepted, and with the condition that it must be removed from the site.  The decision came after an unflattering report on the structure's condition from Director of Operations Leo Reedyk.  Council also briefly discussed potential security issues at the airport with no one living on site, but there seemed to be a consensus that security is a separate issue.  CAO Sheldon  Steinke recommended council task administration with security plan options for future consideration.  Councillor Terry Yagos made a successful motion to that effect.

Health Canada announces regulations to support the Cannabis Act

Cannabis Sativa -Thayne Tuason photo (Wikimedia Commons)
Regulations provide Canadians and stakeholders with details on how cannabis legalization and regulation will be implemented starting October 17, 2018

Health Canada - Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is a top priority for the Government of Canada. That’s why the Government of Canada introduced the Cannabis Act—a new legal framework that puts in place a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis. On June 21, 2018, the Cannabis Act received Royal Assent, an important step toward legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis in Canada.

Ranchlands Victim Services Society seeks volunteers

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Ranchlands Victim Services Society is seeking volunteers interested in becoming front-line advocates to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of crime and tragedy, at all unit locations. We require individuals interested in a challenging and rewarding volunteer experience, who are caring and nonjudgmental with a sincere interest in helping victims move past their immediate trauma.

We provide extensive training in many areas, including domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide intervention, advocate safety and the justice system.

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting volunteer opportunity, contact Christine at:

Pincher Creek 403-627-6040
Crowsnest Pass 403-562-7098
Piikani Nation 403-965-2001
Fort Macleod 403-553-7255
Claresholm 403-625-4445
Toll-free 1-877-627-6040

Canadian forage and grasslands look to be export ready


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Livestock producers across the country and abroad depend on the high quality hay produced by Canada's forage and grassland industry in order to deliver safe, nutritious, and sustainable food. Increased forage exports, valued at $360.8 million for 2017, are helping the agriculture sector reach its potential to be an even stronger economic engine for the economy, driving towards our target of growing annual agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025.

Oral health for seniors

Dental Hygienist Jenna Simmons
Jenna Simmons, Alberta Health Services - Healthy teeth lead to a healthier well being! It is common for people to keep their own teeth as a result of more access to care, more education and more advances in professional services. In Canada, dental care is mainly privately funded. Financial challenges are often a concern when it comes to seniors visiting the dentist. Oral care is postponed for many people. Overall health is directly connected to oral health. Periodontal disease, cavities, lack of proper nutrition and poorly fitted dentures are among some of the most common problems seen by health care providers. There are many factors that place seniors at high risk for an unhealthy mouth.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Rural Break and Enters, theft of farm equipment in Pincher Creek area


Pincher Creek RCMP - Pincher Creek RCMP have seen an increase in thefts and rural crime, the following is some of the vehicles and equipment that have been stolen and to date not recovered.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Annora Brown story on YouTube

Lethbridge College Digital Communications & Media Class and Instructor George Gallant – completed the filming of dramatization of “Annora Brown: Interpreter of the Foothills”
Joyce Sasse - A dramatization of pioneer artist Annora Brown’s story can now be seen on YouTube at “Annora Brown: Interpreter of the Foothills”.




Filming this project was done by diploma-program students at Lethbridge College’s Digital Communications & Media Class this past winter. Images of Annora, some of her paintings and photos from the region are projected throughout the production. By way of expressing our gratitude, Letters of Appreciation were given to the students and their instructor George Gallant by Joyce Sasse and Gerry Alex.

Parks Canada opens additional areas in Waterton Lakes National Park

Reopening areas in Waterton -  June 2018
  • Parks Canada has reopened over 50 kilometres of previously closed trails and three backcountry campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Safety guide for burned areas in Waterton Lakes National Park in 2018
  • Report all wildlife observations/encounters to 1-888-WARDENS (1-888-927-3367)

Waterton Lakes National Park - 
Waterton Lakes National Park is open and ready to welcome visitors in 2018. While some areas of the park were affected by the September 2017 Kenow Wildfire, Parks Canada is committed to providing fun and memorable visitor experiences in Waterton Lakes National Park in summer 2018.

Save time at the border this Canada Day

The Coutts border crossing, which experiences the highest traffic volumes in southern Alberta.

Canada Border Services Agency -
 Sunday is Canada Day, and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) border crossings in southern Alberta are expected to be busy this weekend. Last Canada Day weekend, CBSA officers in southern Alberta processed more than 17,000 travellers in 8,000 vehicles. Following are five tips to make entry to Canada as smooth as possible for returning Canadians and visitors travelling north to join the celebrations:

Monday, June 25, 2018

Coaldale RCMP investigate fatal collision


RCMP Alberta - On June 25, 2018 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Coaldale RCMP along with Coalhurst Fire Department and Lethbridge EMS responded to a motor vehicle collision involving two cars on Highway 3 approximately 2 km west of the Highway 509 intersection. Initial investigation indicates that a white Toyota Corolla was being driven by a 61-year-old man eastbound on the westbound lanes of Highway 3. At one point the white Corolla struck into a westbound white Chevrolet Impala. There were two occupants of the white Impala.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bread for the journey


Joyce Sasse - “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven…”

The leader reflected on this passage from Ecclesiastes at the conclusion of her time with a group of teenage campers.

During the week she had been inviting them to explore, in a variety of ways, how they could express their understanding of what the surrounding mountains, sky, water and flora meant to them.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Métis solstice climb of Mount Albert


Submitted -
On June 21st, starting at 4 am, a group of 21 began the ascent up Mount Albert, the tallest peak in Beauvais Lake Provincial Park for the summer solstice. There were four members representing the Métis Nation and the many Métis who had settled on the land within and the surrounding areas of what is now the park. Remnants of their homesteads are still present.

Friday, June 22, 2018

PCESC warns of telephone scams


PCESC - The Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission would like to extend a warning to all residents that there have been reports of telephone scammers looking for donations for local fire departments in Alberta.  In some cases, the callers have been using the name of a local emergency services member to request the donation.  Pincher Creek Emergency Services Commission is not canvasing for donations via telephone. If you receive a call requesting a donation please do not provide a donation.

"It's not always easy to spot a scam," says the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. "New ones are invented every day. If you suspect that you may be a target of fraud, or if you have already sent funds, don't be embarrassed — you're not alone."

To report a fraud, or for more information, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or at this link. 

Second annual Fathers Day Cruise and Shine a fun event for the whole family


Toni Lucas - Mark and Ashton Goss each attended the second annual Pincher Creek Cruise and Shine event on Sunday, June 18th, Father's Day along Main Street.  "I had to drag dad out," admitted Ashton.  They each went in their own show cars, parked side by side and indulged their love of vehicles while spending the day with each other and talking about their own cars and poking fun at each other.  That was only one of many stories about how this Father's Day car show brought families for a pleasant afternoon.

4-H Silver Reins Light Horse Club Achievement Day results

4-H Silver Reins Light Horse Club 2017/18: Ruby Spranza on Pal, Jessie Terpstra on Lucky, Kim Turnbull on Lena, Judge Kyle O'Brien, Ring Steward Janet Taylor, Dakota Grineage on Stretch, Brynn Grose on Digbi, Kelly Turnbull on Lady, Johnny Terpstra on Jeremy

Toni Lucas - 4-H Silver Reins Light Horse Club  2018 Achievement Day was held at Heritage Acres on Saturday, June 9.  The club has seven participants who started with the club in September, but many have been with the club for multiple years. Achievement day tested the abilities and personal growth of these young riders, who are broken up in age groups. Held in such a public place the children are not only judged for their abilities and comportment, they also have the opportunity of getting to show their progress to people who came to see the Heritage Acres Horse Show.

Windy Slopes puts donation dollars to good use

Members of the Windy Slopes Health Foundation Board, volunteers, and donors

Chris Davis - On June 13 members of the Windy Slopes Health Foundation (WSHF) board gathered at the Pincher Creek Health Centre to thank Glen and Lois Mumey for a $10,000 donation and to have a look at recent purchases intended to improve both the quality of care the centre offers and the quality of life for patients and staff members.

Recycle Fair cleans up again

Town staff Eric Van Ee, and Nic Jordan 

*Updated with new information June 26, 2018

Toni Lucas - Pincher Creek's 2018 annual Waste Roundup/Reuse Fair Saturday, June 16 at the Ranchland Mall parking lot. There was a somewhat lower attendance than usual possibly due to the rain that was steadily falling throughout the day or that with this event being held annually people have had a chance to keep up on their waste item build up.

Minister Ganley on federal cannabis legislation


Government of Alberta - Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, issued the following statement today after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced October 17, 2018 as the formal date for cannabis legalization:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

U of L students log more than 7,500 volunteer hours

Bryce Baker spent a co-op term marketing the UVolunteer program.
University of Lethbridge - Almost 600 University of Lethbridge students have volunteered more than 7,500 hours at community organizations as they learn first-hand about civic engagement through the UVolunteer program.

LRSD announces Dr. Lloyd Cavers Scholarship 2018 recipients

Dr. Lloyd Cavers Scholarship 2018 recipients with MLA Pat Stier (l) and LRSD Board Chair Brad Toone (r)

Livingstone Range School Division - Livingstone Range School Division is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dr. Lloyd Cavers Scholarship,
awarded to high school students demonstrating exceptional leadership. Finalists from each school receive $200.00, with an overall winner designated to receive $1,000.00.

Representing each high school in the Division, the recipients are:


  • Avery Sheldon -­ J.T. Foster School, Nanton (overall winner)
  • Spencer Van Dellen ­- Willow Creek Composite High School, Claresholm
  • Marissa Medema -­ F.P. Walshe School, Fort Macleod
  • Jillanna Hammond ­- Matthew Halton High School, Pincher Creek
  • Elisha Lowry - Livingstone School
  • Cameron Hildebrandt - Crowsnest Consolidated High School

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Toys or tools?


Joyce Sasse - Has our apparent over-dependence on things like cell-phones, computers and robots narrowed our vision and left us thinking of these devices as must-have toys? Could they better be understood to be tools?

Maybe its not the technology that’s the trap, but our attitude and how we choose to use them.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The restorative powers of nature

Annora Brown
Joyce Sasse - In spite of the many hardships pioneer artist Annora Brown faced, she developed an amazing capacity for resilience. Her restorative secret, she wrote in her autobiography Sketches from Life, was the healing power found in nature.

Free legal advice for survivors of sexual violence

Minister McLean, MLA Heather Sweet, Toni Sinclair, executive director, Elizabeth Fry Society and Elizabeth Halprin, survivor of sexual violence, announced a new pilot program to support survivors of sexual violence.

  • A new pilot program will help sexual violence survivors know their rights and options as they seek healing and justice.


Government of Alberta - Status of Women is providing a $700,000 grant to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton to design, deliver and evaluate a three-year pilot program that will give sexual violence survivors free, confidential legal advice. Launching in November 2018, the program will be open to adult survivors of all genders who have experienced sexual violence in Alberta, regardless of how much time has passed since the incident.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rainbow flag flies in Pincher Creek


Chris Davis - A small crowd of approximately 35 citizens, dignitaries, and area media gathered at the flagpoles on the Pincher Creek Multipurpose Facility lawn yesterday evening, June 12 for an LGBTQ Pride flag-raising event, held two years to the day after the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. The Pulse Nightclub incident resulted in 49 dead and 53 injured, "the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history."  The flag raising was a first in Pincher Creek, and was the result of a successful petition to the Town of Pincher Creek's council by Pincher Creek Echo Editor Andrew Glen McCutcheon.  Events of a similar nature were held at numerous locations in Alberta and North America this week.

Celebrating Pride at the Alberta Legislature

Members of the Alberta legislature rally around the Pride flag in celebration of Pride Month
Government of Alberta - Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, issued the following statement about raising the Pride flag on the legislature grounds:

“I am honoured to raise the Pride flag to celebrate and reflect on Pride Month. For the month of June, the Pride flag will fly as a symbol to the world that our government proudly stands with LGBTQ2S+ Albertans and will keep fighting for and protecting their rights and freedoms.

Airdrie RCMP intercept vehicle involved in carjacking


RCMP Alberta -
The Airdrie RCMP have assisted the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to intercept a vehicle involved in a carjacking in Calgary and arrest the suspects responsible just outside of Crossfield, AB.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Syphilis and gonorrhea on the rise in AHS South Zone


Alberta Health Services - Alberta Health Services (AHS) is concerned about an apparent spike in syphilis and gonorrhea in the South Zone, prompting a reminder of the importance of safe sex practices among all sexually-active age groups, including seniors. Between January and March of 2018, 11 cases of gonorrhea were documented in the South Zone; which is two more than were reported in all of 2017.  It is not unusual for individuals who have a sexually-transmitted infection (STI) to have more than one STI at the same time.  HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia are all examples of STIs.

Pincher Creek RCMP summary for May 21 - June 11, 2018


Pincher Creek RCMP - The following is an overview of the nature of the complaints that the Pincher Creek Detachment received for the period of May 21 - June 11, 2018. Note that the summary indicates what was reported to the police and may not have been substantiated.

Total calls for service – 149
Assaults - 3
Domestic assault - 2
Break and Enter (residential) - 1
Uttering Threats - 5
Mischief (vandalism) - 9
Theft of motor vehicle - 1
Theft under $5000 - 9
Impaired Driving - 4
Drugs - 2
Disturbing the Peace - 4
Driving complaints (general) - 13
MV Collisions - 12
Liquor offences - 7
Suspicious occurrences (general) - 8
Assistance to General Public (general) - 3
Assistance to other agencies - 2
False Alarms - 7
911 calls (invalid) - 7
Animal calls - 6
Municipal Bylaws (barking dogs / noise / OHV) - 1
Prisoners held – 13

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Remember to pray for yourself


Joyce Sasse - Have you prayed for yourself today?

Those who pray are usually very diligent about praying for the ones they hold dear. They remember family and friends facing health issues. They think about situations where disagreements are tearing relationships apart. Always, they pray for peace …!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Pincher Creek Power Pedallers ride the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike


Southern Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation
- The wonderful Pincher Creek Power Pedallers rode the Big Bike on Friday, June 8 in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. They raised $2600 in support of the foundation's work while having a very fun time together. The Team was comprised of Captain Keith from the Royal Bank of Canada and his lovely wife Kristina, the Manager of the Ramada Hotel in Pincher Creek. Kristina’s Mom from Lithuania was visiting and hopped aboard with us too. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is deeply grateful for their big hearts helping with this annual event.


Hanna RCMP investigating stolen livestock trailer


RCMP Alberta - Sometime around June 5, 2018 a livestock trailer was stolen from a parking lot in Hanna.  The trailer is a 2014 "Merritt" 5th wheel aluminum stock trailer. It is 32 feet long and has 3 axles. At the time of being stolen it had Alberta plate 5EL243 on the rear (the attached photo is the actual trailer that was stolen).

Friday, June 8, 2018

Children’s World Daycare to close, Mayor promises solution by fall


Chris Davis - After years of financial struggles, Pincher Creek's Children's World Daycare Society (CWDS) has announced they will be closing their doors effective August 31, 2018, a decision likely to affect 70 - 100 children and their caregivers.

Windy Hollow Players production of 'Farce of Habit' well received


Toni Lucas - The Windy Hollow Players (WHP) performed the play 'Farce of Habit' at the Cowley Community Hall on Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2.  A sneak peek performance was also presented to area seniors on May 28.  Director Susan Ames Vogelaar was delighted with the numbers, including returning thespians and new additions to the cast. Each year the WHP put on at least one public performance. This play held elements of murder, romance, and intrigue as the couple who owns the "Reel 'Em Inn" hotel find they are dealing with guests from all walks of life: Nuns and a priest, a radio celebrity, a crazed stalker fan of the celebrity, and a gentleman who wants to find what he has been missing in his steady but humdrum work-a-day life.

MD of Pincher Creek Coffee with Council June 19

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COFFEE WITH COUNCIL
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6:30 pm
Coalfields School
(Highway 507 West)

Council for the MD of Pincher Creek No. 9 invites its residents to a Coffee with Council session scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Coalfields School.

For more information, please call 403-627-3130

Highway 3 crashes into the Frank Slide


David McIntyre - The Frank Slide, known around the world, is North America’s most deadly rockslide. It's a stunning, jaw-dropping memorial for approximately 100 people. 

During the 100th anniversary (2003) of the Frank Slide, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre visitors looked down on Highway 3 and witnessed the unthinkable. Industrial equipment was actively bulldozing the designated historic resource they had come to see.

When thunder roars, go indoors!


Environment and Climate Change Canada - Did you know that Lightning Safety Week is next week, from June 11 to 17? As we head into summer, lightning awareness becomes ever more important. Every year, lightning can cause as many as 10 deaths and 164 injuries, in Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada has information to help Canadians reduce their exposure to the risk of lightning. Lightning-related injuries and deaths can be avoided by knowing when to take action and what to do.

Redesigned, more secure driver’s licences unveiled


Government of Alberta - New driver’s licences and identification cards will help protect Albertans against counterfeiting and ID theft and save government more than $1 million annually.

Fish Sticks puppet video promotes respect for our watershed


Oldman Watershed Council - In March 2018, OWC partnered with WP Puppet Theatre to host a family puppet-making workshop at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. First, participants made some simple puppets and an aquatic habitat complete with clean, clear water and healthy riparian vegetation. Then, they recorded a quick clip using their handcrafted puppets. We’d like to share a short video compilation of some important messages these wise young folks have for everyone enjoying our watershed this summer.  Click here for the full story.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Theft of flat deck trailer and skid steer at Head Smashed In and Fort Macleod

Stolen trailer and suspect vehicle
Fort Macleod RCMP - On Wednesday June 6, 2018 the Fort Macleod RCMP were made aware of two separate thefts which occurred between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The first theft occurred at Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump which is located on Hwy 785, West of Fort Macleod. A 20 foot black Oasis flat deck trailer was stolen from their parking lot after a lock was broken off the trailer hitch.

The second theft occurred near 12 Street and Hwy 2 in Fort Macleod. A yellow CAT skid-steer was stolen from a construction site. It appears to have been driven from the site and onto Hwy 2 before being loaded onto a trailer about 500 metres South of 12 St.

How to protect yourself while having fun in the sun


Courtnay Epp, Alberta Health Services - It’s been a long, snowy, cold winter in Alberta and people are starting to celebrate the arrival of spring (finally!). With many of us heading outside to enjoy the warm weather, it’s also time to start thinking about sun safety. Taking measures to protect you and your family from the sun will help prevent the long term effects of ultra-violet radiation (UVR) exposure such as skin cancer and the short term effects like sunburn.

UCP congratulates Ontario Progressive Conservatives


United Conservative Party of Alberta - Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservatives, has released the following statement on the results of today’s provincial election in Ontario:

Edmonton is early adopter in Western Canada testing of electric autonomous vehicles

EasyMile driverless shuttle
City of Edmonton - The City of Edmonton is planning a pilot project later this year to test electric autonomous vehicle technology.  “Edmonton embraces innovation and we look forward to working with our citizens, partners, industry and other orders of government to prepare for the potential of widespread autonomous vehicle use,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “As one of the fastest growing and youngest cities in Canada, we are driving our own future and looking forward to what this pilot will help us understand.”

Indigenous language stakeholders to gather at 25th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium


University of Lethbridge - As Indigenous communities across North America face the challenge of keeping their traditional languages alive, an important conference is coming to the University of Lethbridge.

The U of L’s Departments of Modern Languages and Indigenous Studies have teamed with the Peigan Board of Education/Piikani Nation to host the 25th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (SILS 2018), June 7-9 at the University. The symposium, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), will bring together Indigenous language stakeholders from North America and beyond, including elders, community leaders and academics, as they seek to develop best practices and share resources and knowledge as they attempt to preserve Indigenous languages.

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