The Michel Band
September 19–January 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28 from 6:30–8:30 pm
Please RSVP to museum@artsandheritage or call 780-459-1528
The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to be the host of an exhibit curated by members of the Michel Band Council. The history of this First Nation is deeply connected to the region. With family objects loaned to us by band members and pieces from the museum collection, they will tell their story of strength, family, injustice, challenge and perseverance.
Michel Callihoo, the namesake of the Band, was the son of Louis Kwarakwante, a Mohawk man from Kahnawake, near Montreal. For many years the family was settled in the Jasper area but as Louis’s children grew they moved throughout Western Canada. Michel worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company for 26 years, living in Lesser Slave Lake and Fort Edmonton before joining the little mission community at Lac Ste. Anne.
In 1878, Chief Michel and two headmen signed an adhesion to Treaty 6. In 1880, the Michel Callihoo Reserve was created approximately 29 km northwest of Edmonton. After many years of great pressure and lack of support from government agents, the reserve was broken up, through surrenders and enfranchisement. The Band still seeks to regain formal recognition of their status.
Listen to an interview with Celina Loyer, guest curator and councillor for the Michel Band, on CFWE here.
St. Albert History Gallery
Opened April 1, 2017
In honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to present its brand new St. Albert History Gallery. Through new exhibits, explore a variety of stories from the earliest people to modern-day events. The new flexible layout means you can look forward to regular story rotations that cover a wider range of subjects!
In 2017, one theme will explore the 1967 celebration of Canada’s centennial. What was happening in St. Albert in 1967, and what projects were undertaken to mark the event?
Another section will examine our communication history—how did information travel in the past? And in our section on immigration, we’ll tell stories, old and new, about how people have become a part of St. Albert.
We hope you enjoy the new St. Albert History Gallery at the Museum!
View a full list of our 2017 exhibitions in our catalogue.