Women Are Persons!

October 18th is Persons Day in Canada, a significant day to commemorate. In 1927, Emily Murphy, Alberta’s first female judge, along with Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards challenged a part of the Canadian Constitution that had historically prevented women from being appointed to the Senate. These women became known as … Continue reading Women Are Persons!

The U.F.A. in Federal Politics

Only months after a federal by-election and provincial election, a federal general election was called for December 6, 1921 and the U.F.A. party ran 10 candidates winning in all ridings. The Members of Parliament representing Alberta farmers in Ottawa were George Gibson Coote (Macleod), Donald Macbeth Kennedy (Edmonton West), Edward J. Garland (Bow River), Lincoln … Continue reading The U.F.A. in Federal Politics

United Farm Women in Politics

In 1914, the United Farm Women of Alberta (U.F.W.A.) formed and quickly began pushing for improvements regarding public education, healthcare, community well-being and equal rights. The U.F.W.A. would typically bring their concerns to the U.F.A. Annual Conventions, who would then lobby the provincial government on their behalf. This saw legislation passed in 1916 for some … Continue reading United Farm Women in Politics

100th Anniversary of the U.F.A. Party

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of when the United Farmers of Alberta (U.F.A.) Party formed the provincial government in 1921. That same year, they also won seats in the Federal general election. Today, the UFA is known for its iconic orange farm supply stores and petroleum agencies, but has an early history as an … Continue reading 100th Anniversary of the U.F.A. Party

U.F.A. and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Today’s Covid-19 pandemic is reminiscent of the influenza pandemic of 1918. Although most of us were not around then, we can learn through archival sources how the pandemic changed daily life for Albertans, and draw parallels between the approaches and responses from a century ago to today. This blog post will look at the 1918 … Continue reading U.F.A. and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic