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Red Deer Museum receives Alberta Heritage Award


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Kim Verrier, Minister Ron Orr, Marrisa Mitsuing (and baby Mitsuing)

News Release from the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG)

We are excited to announce that the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) received a Heritage Awareness Award for their exhibit Powwow! Ohcîwin the Origins. This Award was accepted in Edmonton, AB on October 3, 2022, on behalf of the organization by Marrisa Mitsuing, Co-Curator and Co-creator for the exhibit, and Kim Verrier, Exhibitions Coordinator, Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. This exhibit is now travelling and currently on display at Musée Héritage Museum in St. Albert, AB.

The biennial awards honour the contributions of individuals, organizations, businesses, Indigenous communities and municipalities actively engaged in heritage preservation and appreciation in the following categories: Outstanding Achievement, Heritage Conservation and Heritage Awareness.

The recipients of this year’s awards follow.

Outstanding Achievement

  • Richard de Boer, Calgary
  • Belinda Crowson, Lethbridge
  • Noreen Easterbrook, Smoky Lake
  • Tofield Historical Society, Tofield
  • Alberta Genealogical Society’s Provincial Archives of Alberta Volunteers
  • Bodo Archaeological Society

Heritage Conservation

  • The City of Calgary for the rehabilitation of its historic city hall
  • Sandra Hajash for the restoration of the Duke of Sutherland Bungalow exterior

Heritage Awareness

  • Powwow! Ohcîwin the Origins by Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery
  • Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 Historical Research by Matt Hiltermann
  • Abandoned Alberta by Joe Chowaniec

The awards program is an integral part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to support heritage preservation efforts in communities throughout Alberta. A total of 81 awards have been presented to recipients from across the province since the program was reintroduced in 2005.

Ooo-chi-win, Cree
1. “The Origin” or telling of a story of where something originated

Powwows are Indigenous cultural celebrations where many forms of dance styles are performed as part of the ceremony. These social gatherings, held across North America, bring people together to sing, dance and share teachings all while celebrating Indigenous culture. Each dance style has a meaning or origin story and a specific purpose. Regalia, the distinctive clothing and ornamentation worn by the dancers, corresponds to the different dance styles.

Powwow! OchÎwin the Origins was created by Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing. Working with a diverse team of Indigenous Artists they assembled each of the individual dance regalia on display. During the 2019 and 2020 Powwow season, they met with knowledge keepers across North America to record the origin stories of the dances they perform.


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New surveillance teams led by the Alberta Sheriffs working with local police in rural communities

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More boots on the ground to fight rural crime

Rural crime continues to be a top concern among residents and businesses in rural Alberta, which is why Alberta’s government remains committed to addressing it through enhanced surveillance and other crime reduction initiatives. Alberta’s government invested $4.3 million for the Alberta Sheriffs to put more boots on the ground. This investment supported the establishment of two plainclothes teams – one in northern Alberta and one in southern Alberta – to support police in carrying out surveillance on criminal targets in rural areas.

Both teams are now fully staffed and operational, ready to fight crime in rural areas across Alberta. These rural surveillance teams will work to prevent crime, monitor agricultural theft and work in collaboration with local law enforcement to share intelligence and resources to keep Albertans and their property safe and secure.

“Criminals and organized crime are not welcome in Alberta. Full stop. The addition of two new surveillance teams will further support our law enforcement partners in stamping out criminal activity in Alberta’s rural areas. This is about supporting local investigations to address local crime in our smaller communities. Together, both teams will form another key component of Alberta’s efforts to combat crime and ensure Albertans feel safe at home and in their communities, regardless of where they live.”

Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services

The Alberta Sheriffs have an existing surveillance unit that is part of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and focused mainly on serious and organized crime investigations. The new surveillance teams will fill a gap by helping rural RCMP detachments with local investigations.

“Through their specialized knowledge, training and experience, Alberta’s new surveillance teams are providing another important mechanism in the fight against crime in Alberta’s rural communities. Working in close collaboration with the RCMP and other policing agencies, their efforts will play a key role in gathering evidence and information that will help disrupt crime throughout the province.”

Mike Letourneau, superintendent, Alberta Sheriffs

“This announcement by the Alberta government and Minister Ellis is a positive step forward for the residents of Alberta, especially in rural areas. Targeting known criminals is a very effective way to reduce the level of crime taking place and will greatly assist the RCMP who have a vast area to police.”

Lance Colby, mayor, Town of Carstairs

“We are happy to hear about increased resources being allocated to assist our communities. Addressing rural crime is one of the top priorities of the Alberta RCMP, and our partners at the Alberta Sheriffs already play a vital role in keeping Albertans safe. The creation of these new surveillance teams will help augment our ongoing crime reduction strategies in Alberta communities, and we look forward to working with them going forward.”

Trevor Daroux, assistant commissioner, criminal operations officer, Alberta RCMP

The new surveillance teams are part of a suite of measures to expand the role of the Alberta Sheriffs and make Alberta communities safer. Other actions include the expansion of the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit – which uses legal sanctions and court orders to target problem properties where illegal activities are taking place – and the expansion of the RAPID Response initiative with funding for the Sheriff Highway Patrol to train and equip members to assist the RCMP with emergencies and high-priority calls.

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