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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.

Experiencing Development

Settlement of the Millarville area began in the late 1800s. Homesteading families came from Europe, the United States and eastern Canada. The students visited Glenbow Museum in Calgary, to get a broad understanding of western settlement. They then worked in small research groups to explore different aspects of the settlement and development of Millarville. Students once again returned to the land and again wrote from the perspective of the landscape. When you read the voices of the land look for the historical knowledge that is imbedded in the students writing. With this knowledge, the students explored the impact that settlement and development might have had on the land.

"Voices of the Land"

So Many Changes!
by Paige, Grade 3

So many changes! Dogs barking. The land has changed. Fences now mark the territory. Big tall school buildings and houses are near me. There are big tall fences for baseball. People are talking and laughing and running on me. Construction is happening so there are noisy machines. Now stumps are left from trees cut down. Way back there were no cars to make the sound of motors on the road. Very noisy airplanes glide across the sky now. Way back there were no airplanes to make the sound of swishing through the sky. Who knows how busy Millarville will get?

It Has Changed
by Connor, Grade 2

It was empty but now there are cars, houses, roads and people. It has changed in Millarville. There are cars everywhere. There is a school now in Millarville. Now there are houses on the land. I feel happy to see how Millarville has developed because change is interesting. Change is good. First there was land that made you feel free, then the Native People came and went away, now there is rural development. I've always felt at home. I can't move. I can't change. I am a rock. I saw the changes.

Don't Sit on Me
by Amber, Grade 3

Don't sit on me. Don't throw me. Don't pick me up and drop me. I don't like it when you take my space. I was happy the way it used to be. Just me and the land. There was no damage to us when the homesteaders were not here and the Stoney people were not here. I don't like more people coming and more houses being built.

The Land has Changed
by Ryan, Grade 2

The land has changed over the years. There are houses and schools. There are baseball fields and a soccer field. There is a rink and a playground and roads. I don't feel happy when people run on me and squish me. My grass dies because of what is now on me. They are digging at my roots and digging me up. It hurts me.

Copyright © 2003 Pam Irving, Foothills School Division #38
Copyright © 2003 Galileo Educational Network Association (GENA™)

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