On September 28th, 29th and 30th, 2018, Eden Valley celebrated the first annual Eden Valley Days. We appreciate the support from the community and our sponsors.
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-Nakoda, 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:
Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills partnered with Chief Jacob Bearspaw School to host after-school program
A new program at Chief Jacob Bearspaw School in southern Alberta is aiming to be a bullseye for students wanting to learn a unique skill.
The Turner Valley Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills has partnered with the school in Eden Valley, about 115 kilometres southwest of Calgary, to teach students the art of archery.
Jodie Sieben, director of operations for the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills, says along with learning about the sport, students are also learning about themselves.
"Archery is an etiquette sport," she said. "So it helps kids with confidence, self-esteem and also helps them with hunting."
Tran Rollinmud says, "I'm happy," when asked how he feels about the archery program in Eden Valley. (Livia Manywounds/CBC)
The after-school program aims to get students interested in competing in the future.
"The more you practise the better you'll get," said Sieben.
"So there is a sense of ownership of being an archer, if you don't practise you don't get better."
The program runs in schools across Canada and the United States.
Archery is nothing new to Grade 11 student Tran Rollinmud, who won a gold medal in a competition back in 2011 while attending Camp Gladstone.
The after-school archery program is in its first week and organizers hope students will take an interest. (Livia Manywounds/CBC)"So for me to learn archery, I can pass it on to the other youth in the community of Eden Valley," said Rollinmud.
The program runs every Monday until the end of the school year.
And organizers hope to keep the program running throughout the summer with help from the community.
Reporter: Livia Manywounds is a reporter with the CBC in Calgary, a rodeo competitor and a proud member of the Tsuut’ina First Nation.
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