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.
The new Daycare finally arrived! The new building looks better than ever. Once the installation is done, the daycare will be back up and running soon.
The Eden Valley Days t-shirts worn by volunteers looked spectacular! The art printed on the t-shirt happened to be Allie Lefthand’s design.
“Telling the community to stand and work together but also have peace
with each other” Allie said when making the shirt.
Thank you Allie for the amazing art piece!
Now who will make next year’s art design?
The Work So Far...
We have been hard at work going over the results from the survey and community meeting. We will be at Eden Valley Days on Sunday, September 30th to share what we have found and what the data suggests might be possible steps regarding employment in the community.
We still need your input. Please find us on Sunday to give us your thoughts. We are looking forward to meeting with you again.
On behalf of the Gahnhǎ Climate Leadership group we have been working hard, with provincial funding, to bring climate change and energy efficiency information to the people of Eden Valley. We have been successful forming a Climate Leadership Working Group and collaborating with the Elders.
Community Gathering – March 23
We’re currently discussing a project to put solar panels on the hockey arena.
At our March 21 meeting, the Elders talked about how the land is different when they were growing up and they strongly agree that we need to use the land for solar energy.
On March 22 we did a sample residential energy audit at a Nation member’s house. Adam of 3D Energy showed us what they look for during an energy audit. The working group will be helping with energy audits on 40 homes during the summer.
At our first Community Gathering on climate and energy, Councillor Rex talked about the history of Eden Valley. Christine of Callihoo Consulting talked about climate change, energy efficiency, ‘green’ jobs and renewable energy opportunities.
People used clickers to answer survey questions. Some interesting answers: • 86% of people would recycle pop cans and bottles if we had
recycling on reserve
• 96% of people would like a greenhouse so we can grow our own
• people want to learn more about
o being more energy efficient (26%)
o volunteering on projects with the Climate Leadership team
o renewable energy projects in Eden Valley (29%) o jobs related to the green economy (24%)
• of the people at the Gathering
o 59% are currently looking for work o 22% are currently employed
o 4% are currently students
o 15% are elders
Grow Calgary Field Trip -- By Lindsay Ear and Ron Daniels
Thirteen members of the climate leadership elders and working group took a trip to Grow Calgary on April 13. Grow Calgary grows vegetables for people in need, with as little money as possible. They started with $10 about 5 years ago and now produce food for many charitable societies in Calgary.
Their method is GRUB – glean, repurpose, upcycle and build. They don’t throw things away, they find uses for them. Some people’s junk is another person’s treasure.
$5 greenhouses are small greenhouses built of scrap lumber, windows and doors from
demolished houses, and scrap plastic. You only have to buy nails. A fancy one had a skylight recovered from a Market Mall renovation.
We think we could easily build $5 greenhouses in Eden Valley. There are so many materials and structures around the reserve that can be used instead of being thrown away.
EJ Poucette photo
Grow Calgary also has something called the ‘earthship’ which is used to extend the growing season. It has an outside and an inside room. The outside faces south and is heated all day by the sun. This heats the tires and cans in the walls of the inside room which hold the heat overnight. The inside room is half in the ground.
It never freezes inside the inside room. The tires are heated by the sun and keep the earthship warm. There are vents to bring in cool air during the summer. There are pop cans and glass bottles in the structure which means they don’t have to use as much concrete, and it dries
faster too. They use snow gathered in buckets which melts inside for their water so they don’t have to have a watering system.
EJ Poucette photo
EJ Poucette photo
We’re excited to get our own earthship going in Eden Valley. It’s something we can do together, would get us out in nature, would give us fresh healthy food that could be shared with the community.
We’re hoping everybody will participate in building an earthship and lots of $5 greenhouses. Start looking around your own yard for scrap that you thought was junk, old tires, scrap lumber, pails, jars and glass bottles, tin cans, window and door frames, sheet plastic. If you’re interested in getting the earthship and small green houses going, talk to us (Lindsay and Ron). They will be great community projects!
Throughout the months of May and June, interviews, data and photos are being collected in support of the Eden Valley Workforce Report.
You may be approached by Kayden Daniels, Evonie Lefthand or Aimee Ear to complete a survey, share a story or photograph. We will be using this information to complete the report AND to build the Eden Valley website!
Once we are finished, the report will be shared with the community and we will have an official launch of the website!
This newsletter will be whatever the community needs it to be. Right now the Climate Leadership group and the Alberta Workforce group will be adding to it but any group can add to the newsletter. Just contact Chloe if you have something you wish to be added.