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Experience the Land
Persectives as if we were the uninhabited land.
Discoveries of the Native People.
What we think the voice of the land would say about sharing the land with the Native People.
Our discoveries of settlement in the Millarville area.
Our perspectives on what the land would say about development.
Discovering what future possibilities there are for our hamlet.
What we think the land would say about the future.
One complete journey through time by a grade 3 student.

Our Roots: Resources

Burton, D.R. (1993). Pioneer policing in Southern Alberta: Deane of the Mounties: 1888-1914. Calgary, Alberta: Historical Society of Alberta.
Stories of the Mounted Police
Describes the life of a Mounted Policeman during his thirty-one years on the force.  During that time Richard Burton Deane explains the changes that occurred in the police force and the urban and economic change developing in the Parries.
Church, A.J. (1982).  Making a start in Canada: letters from two young emigrants. London: Seeley and Co.
Describes the life and experiences of two young emigrants trying to succeed and make it in Canada starting in June 1886. Specific stories used were:
Life on the farm for the Homesteaders (Chap. 2)
Chapter two depicts life on the farm, such as the landscape and weather. It looks at the type of work that must be done (such as managing the crops), and how much settlers depended on animals while on the farm.
Finishing the Harvest (Chap. 3)
Chapter three discusses the hard work, long days, and challenges of the weather that are associated with trying to get the harvest done on time.
Taking up work in Calgary (Chap. 10)
Chapter ten describes the journey made northwest. A job was found on a ranch that pays 15 dollars a month plus board. However, it only lasts one month long and work must be found again. Resources from the rivers and lakes have been taken advantage of (there has been a great pike fishing area discovered and duck hunting).
Haying South of Calgary (Chap. 11)
Chapter eleven shows the difficulties of trying to find a job. As well, a team of horses was bought and breaking the horses in is quite challenging.
A Prairie Fire and Winter Sports (Chap. 12)
Chapter twelve depicts another hardship that faced the prairies; a prairie fire was threatening the homestead and the lives of the farmers. The farmers are preparing for winter again. However, there is not always work and hardship on the prairies, there is winter games that the farmers do play.
Story of a Chinook (Chap. 13)
Chapter thirteen describes the challenges of facing the cold winters on the prairies and how much a Chinook is welcomed when times are tough due to the blistering cold. It gives a depiction of what Christmas is like on the farm while having no money and relying solely on the farm for survive.
A Blizzard (Chap. 14)
Chapter fourteen discusses the difficulties of preparing the land in order to live on it, a house and fence must be built, the land must be cultivated and food must be planted. It shows the difficulties of travel without a vehicle. All travel is on horseback and problems arise when there is a rainstorm.
Duncan, D.M. (1903). A history of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories: for use in public schools. Toronto, Ontario: Gage.
Flavelle, L., Irving, P., Martin, B. (2002). The Artistry of the Land, Ancient Stories and Art of our First Nations People.
"A deeper level of sensitivity comes from the effort to understand, to appreciate and recognize differences. Developing respect is the best way to mutually coexist in harmony. Share our stories and discoveries as we begin to understand our First Nations People."
Irving, P., Martin, B. (2001). The Stories and the Art of the Children of the Community of Millarville: Past and Present. URL:
Grade one students from Millarville Community School in the Hamlet of Millarville explore the buildings, people and traditions of their community.
Kiroe, William, G.B. (1927). Souvenir of Turner Valley oil field, Alberta. Calgary, Alberta: s.n., 1927.
Story of the Turner Valley Oilfields
Provides information on the Turner Valley Oil Field and why it is one of the most unique and largest oil fields in the world.
Millarville Historical Society (1979). Foothills echoes. Millarville: Millarville Historical Society.
Millarville, Kew, Priddis and Bragg Creek Historical Society. (1975). Our Foothills Sarcee Indian Reserve, BowCrow Forest, Sheep Run. Millarville, Alberta: Millarville, Kew, Priddis, Bragg Creek Historical Society.
MacInnes, C.M. (1930). In the shadow of the Rockies. London, England: Rivingtons.
National Library of Canada. (n. d.). Images Canada: Picturing Canadian Culture URL:
Students searched for images of Millarville, homesteading and the Stoney Indians through this site.
Owram, D. (1979). The formation of Alberta : a documentary history. Calgary, Alberta: Alberta Records Publication.
Palmer, H. and Palmer, T. (1990). Alberta, a new history. Edmonton, Alberta: Hurtig.
Sheep River Historical Society . (1979). In the light of the flares: History of Turner Valley Oilfields. Turner Valley, Alberta. : Sheep River Historical Society.
Especially Pages: 128-134
Southern Alberta Pioneers and Their Descendants. (1995). Pioneer kitchens: our heritage from many lands. Calgary, Alberta: Author.
Food of the First People
Presents a history of the Southern Alberta pioneers and their descendants, along with a number of photographs courtesy of the Glenbow Archives. Original recipes of early pioneers are included.

Copyright © 2003 Pam Irving, Foothills School Division #38
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