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Pashtuns in Edmonton: A Brief History

Riaz Mehmood

Pashtun people represent a small, yet vibrant segment of the Canadian cultural mosaic. Prior to 1978, there were approximately 1,000…

The Other Side of Emily Murphy

Terry Jorden

Shortly after entering Emily Murphy Park, which sits on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River between Groat Bridge and…

Alice Mailhot Ross: Canada’s first female architect?

Cheryl Mahaffy

Growing up, Alice Mailhot set her sights on being an engineer like her father. Perhaps Zepherin Mailhot’s life in frontier…

Mayor William Hawrelak: Resigned, Removed & Re-elected

Justin Bell

At the centre of Edmonton’s river valley system sits William Hawrelak Park, an “emerald oasis” that plays host to ice…

Nellie Carlson and the Indian Rights for Indian Women movement

Bruce Cinnamon

Disclaimer: Due to the importance around the legal designation of Indian status, this article sometimes uses the term “Indian” to…

Mel Hurtig: A Legacy at the Intersection of Publishing and Politics

Tracey L. Anderson

Hurtig’s Firsts Mel Hurtig didn’t start in the book business, but once there, he fell in love. In his 1996…

Sons of Norway

Lawrence Herzog

One hundred years ago, Edmonton’s small community of Norwegian newcomers gathered together to start the Nordpolen (North Pole) Lodge No….

Edmonton’s South Asian Community

Sam Singh

Today, Edmonton is home to more than 60,000 people of South Asian heritage.  Speaking Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Malayalam,…

François Lucier and the Fight Against Horse Thieves

Lauren Markewicz

Horses were a vital resource at Fort Edmonton and hundreds were kept by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in the…

Edmonton’s Merchant Prince: James Ramsey

Lawrence Herzog

Echoes of one of Edmonton’s earliest successful retail enterprises can be found in the new Kelly Ramsey Tower now being…

There Were No Safety Nets, Part 3: Edmonton’s Italian Community, 1949 to the Present

Adriana A. Davies

The end of the Second World War in 1945 signalled an economic boom for Canada with primary and secondary industries…

There Were No Safety Nets, Part 2: Edmonton’s Italian Community, 1921 to 1945

Adriana A. Davies

With the ending of the First World War, the Government of Canada amended the 1910 Immigration Act.[1] The 1919 amendment…