FORWARD TOGETHER - A TIME TO REBUILD
Work Continues on the Restoration of This Historic Building
We are very pleased that the Province of Alberta accepted our proposal for the restoration of the historic church. Work is now underway to see the church restoration complete by the Spring of 2021. Stay tuned for updates on our exciting new interpretive walk, entitled "Through the Eyes of the Stoneys". The Society and members of the Stoney Nakoda Nation have been working on this for many months, and we hope you will be amazed at this one-of-a-kind interpretation of the settling of this part of Alberta, as seen through the eyes of its indigenous peoples.
Events last summer celebrated the culmination of two years of work focusing on the restoration of the historical church building and the relationship between the McDougalls and the Stoney Nakoda people. Working together, the Society, the Stoney Nakoda Nation and the Province of Alberta developed a plan to move forward and recreate this treasured Alberta Historic Site.
At the McDougall Stoney Mission site on June 9, 2019 we made the official announcement that we were proceeding with the restoration of the church, and that work would begin on a newly enhanced Interpretive Walk – one that would tell the stories of the settler community and the Stoney Nakoda people side by side. This announcement came after a special smudging ceremony led by Councillor Charles Powderface marking the fact that the McDougalls and the Stoneys have laid the groundwork together to move forward as friends and to continue on the path that our ancestors started in 1875. The ceremony took place in our new tipi, which was generously donated to the Society by Janet (Kay) Atkinson and her husband Bob Atkinson, and made for us by the Stoney Nakoda people. With over 75 people present, the sense of cohesion and working together was very powerful. Brenda McQueen, President of the Society, expressed it well stating, “The flame has been rekindled, and with all of us working together that flame will flicker into life”.
Please check our website and Facebook page regularly for updates. Our fundraising campaign to fund the restoration of the historical church building and the Interpretive Walk will be launched in the coming weeks. With your help, our collective history can continue to be told and the Church can once again stand tall as a reminder for all.