Welcome On September 28th, 29th and 30th, Eden Valley celebrated the first annual Eden Valley Days. We appreciate the support from the community and our sponsors. See pictures and learn about the fun by clicking here.
We are the people of Eden Valley and are part of the Stoney-Nakoda First Nation. The Stoney-Nakoda bands have lived in the region for thousands of years. In our language we are known as the Iyarhe Nakoda or "the people of the mountains". Eden Valley residents belong to the Bearspaw First Nation. The Bearspaw people are part of the Stoney Nakoda Nation which is also made up of the Chiniki and Wesley people.
In Canada we are known as the Stoney Nakoda in the United States, we are known as the Sioux people.
We speak Stoney, the northern dialect of the Nakoda language. We are also culturally and linguistically aligned with the Plains Assiniboine people.
As Stoney-Nakota, we have lived along the Rocky Mountain foothills from the Athabasca River south to Chief Mountain in Montana. The three Head Chiefs of the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley First Nations and the Crown and the Dominion of Canada signed Treaty 7 in 1877. At the time, the Chiefs believed each people of the Stoney Nation would be given their own reserve; however, Morley became the designated reserve for all until 1958 when the Eden Valley Reserve was formed. The creation of Eden Valley Reserve recognized that the southern Stoneys had continued to live, work and hunt in the area. In 2018, Eden Valley Reserve is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Eden Valley Reserve #216 is located 30 km west of Longview, Alberta, Canada at the foot of the Rocky Mountains on Highway 541.
The Bearspaw Stoneys of Eden Valley share governance with the Chiniki and Wesley Stoney people in Morley, Alberta. The chief, who, by tradition, is always from Morley, works with two councillors from Morley and two councillors from Eden Valley to provide governance between the two reserves.
This area is known for its ranching and farming. We have a long history in both of those areas as well as many others. Our reserve's main centre is composed of the following buildings:
Chief Jacob Bearspaw Memorial School (k-12)
The Health and Wellness Centre
The Bearspaw Arena
Child and Family Services
Our community has a population of over 700 people. While our history reaches back thousands of years, we are a modern people with many skills. Respect for the cultural identity of the Nakoda people, respect for people, respect for Creation and personal and family wellness are important community values in Eden Valley.