Special Readings & Programs About
Our Canada, Our West & Our Alberta
Programs can be adapted
for children, youth or adults of all ages. Generally, they are one hour
long. In each, expect PowerPoint photo images, concepts, stories &
discussion. Schedule one presentation or a series. Honorarium or fees apply.
Contact: Faye Reineberg Holt, Calgary
Our Canada, Our Land
See nature’s role in our
history and nation. From the Maritimes to BC, from north to south, Canada’s
landscape-including its geography, plants, animals, birds, fish and
reptiles-has enriched the lives of her people. Travel
back in time. Explore the efforts of our government, ordinary people and
visionaries to ensure nature and our landscape-past and present-would be
available for us to enjoy today and in the future. As a beginning, think
national and provincial parks. Think heritage sites and museums. Hear about
them, talk about them and envision what we want for the future.
Rails Across Canada: Yesterday and Today
helped create a nation stretching from sea to sea. Political & financial
intrigue, strong politicians & astute businessmen all played roles in
building both railways and the country to be named Canada.
everyone, from pathfinders to labourers, the job of establishing railways
such as the CPR proved to be a monumental task. The many companies employed
thousands. Rails carried settlers, professional & business people across
open spaces. Disassembled farm buildings and Eaton’s homes were shipped.
Also, rails provided the transportation network needed by agriculture,
forestry & other industries. Circuses and soldiers rattled over rails. In
fact, celebrating railway heritage is celebrating our nation.
Canada: Our History, Symbols & Stories
nation has a very special history. Our First Nations were joined by
newcomers from all over the world. We have been a wilderness populated by a
few but with a rich natural and cultural heritage. Once we were a colony
coveted by other nations.
Canada has its own flag, symbols and identity. Provinces have representative
flags and symbols, too. So, what are the behind the scene stories? How do
the symbols and representations reveal the “soul” of the nation or each
province? By focusing on western Canada within the larger nation, we see how
we are united but uniqueness.
Times have Changed: Western Men, Women
and the Famous Five
Women’s roles and rights across Canada were
dramatically impacted by Alberta’s Famous Five women. That meant changes for
men, too. From gaining the vote to serving in government, these and other
women helped create a new Canada and a new West. Two of the Famous Five,
Emily Murphy and Nellie McClung, were writers in their own right. Along with
Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby, they inspired
their contemporaries and will inspire today’s Canadians with their work in
writing, art, social welfare and government contributions. Having researched
and written about all five and many other western Canadian women, Faye
shares their stories and how they impacted our lives.
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