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Part III – Marguerite Rowand-McKay: Matriarch, Naturalist, Armchair Traveler, Bison Ally

Jenna Chalifoux

When Marguerite reached the tiny house with the Assiniboine River ambling by and its thickets of linden and maple awash…

Part I – Marguerite Rowand-McKay: Matriarch, Naturalist, Armchair Traveler, Bison Ally

Jenna Chalifoux

The 1821 merger of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and the North-West Company (NWC) harkened an era of unfettered commerce…

Part II – Marguerite Rowand-McKay: Matriarch, Naturalist, Armchair Traveler, Bison Ally

Jenna Chalifoux

At the height of summer in 1838, Roman Catholic priests François Blanchet and Modeste Demers visited L’Fort des Prairies (Fort…

Wong Bark Ging 黃柏振 : A History of My Father’s Market Gardens

Ging Wei Wong 黃景煒

One hundred years ago my father stepped onto Canadian soil for the first time. It wasn’t until he passed away…

From Edmonton Chinatown: The All-Girls Cultural Troupe

Lan Chan-Marples

Have you ever heard of the China Dolls?  Not the glazed porcelain dolls or the 2015 novel written by Chinese-American…

World War II and the Chinese Women’s Club in Edmonton

Lan Chan-Marples

An April 1946 photo of three young Chinese women in the Edmonton Journal readily captured a reader’s eye.  Freshly home…

Margaret Chappelle: The artist who saved the MacKinnon Ravine

Bruce Cinnamon

Margaret Chappelle was an unlikely activist: the only child of wealthy parents, and wife to a successful young doctor, she…

Dasha Goody, Born to the Stage

Debby Shoctor

Young people today may not be familiar with the name Dasha Goody, but she was one of the doyennes of…

A Residential School Survivor’s Story of Survival and Resilience: AUDIO INTERVIEW

Pehbahmegahmegohk

“…first night for supper….he put a plate in front of me and I said “Mahsi!” In my language, thank you….

Louise Umphreville: The Shining Star

Jenna Chalifoux

In August  of 1782, Fort York was captured by the French. Edward Umphreville and some other HBC men were taken by…

Daughters of Shining Star

Jenna Chalifoux

There are many notable women in Edmonton’s history books. The ‘Famous Five’ may come to mind straight away, in addition to…

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

Jeannette Austin-Odina

My journey towards becoming an educator started in my childhood with time spent under a mango tree at my home…