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
"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
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
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.