Resistance-Weekend

Rapid change in the political and cultural landscape around the turn of the century gave rise to social unrest and outbreaks of violence.

Bison herds were disappearing, settlers were putting up fences, railways were crossing land, promises were broken and interests were divided. These events have had a long-lasting impact on Canada’s story and continue to define us to this day.

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1885 STREET

PANIC IN THE NORTHWEST
1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Kelly’s Saloon
Participate in a meeting of settlers during the height of the North-West Resistance scare. Should you remain in your home or take refuge in the walls of the Fort?

THE AGENT IS IN METIS SCRIP
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Dominion Land Office
Land or Money? The choice is yours – 240 acres or 240 dollars. Of course there are a few strings attached.

THE RIEL QUESTION
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Kenneth Macdonald House
Enjoy tea with the ladies and debate the fate of Louis Riel. Should he be offered clemency or face a harsher punishment?

1905 STREET

WHERE’S YOUR RESERVE PASS?
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Henderson Farm
Imagine that you were required to have written permission to leave your home. Make sure that you have your pass, or you’ll be in a lot of trouble.

RANT AGAINST THE WORKING WOMAN
11:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Fire Hall
The idea of women working outside the home was often unpopular. Listen to an Edmontonian’s reasons for “keeping women in the home”.

1920 STREET

WAR DEBT
1:30 PM & 3:30 PM
Capitol Theatre
Major General Griesbach, Edmonton’s former mayor, is coming to speak to the soldiers returned from the Great Waôr. But one soldier has a different message tor the crowd.

LABOUR RALLY
2:00PM
Alberta Government Telephones Exchange
“We’re striking in sympathy with Winnipeg!” It’sôž 1919 and Edmonton is paralyzed as the entire city strikes in support of the Winnipeg general strike.