NEW! Oral Histories Video Interviews with Living Treasures of Battle River Country


Living Treasure Awards, Battle River.
Association for Life-wide Living (ALL) of Alberta Living Treasures awards are based on the UNESCO Living Human Treasure awards; click here for background information UNESCO Living Human Treasures

The first ten Battle River Living Treasure Awards were made at Culture, Creativity and Place I-2012 Conference (Red Deer Lake). Two additional awards were made in 2014 (Wetaskiwin), and two more awards were made in 2016 (Story’s Way, Camrose County).

The process for acepting and reviewing reward candidates in 2018 will be announced by December 2017.

ALL Board Members are grateful to Ms. Amy Lechelt (ALL Intern SCiP – Serving Communities Internship Program 2016) for her efforts to film and post the Oral Histories below. In due course, interviews with other of the Living Treasures will be posted.

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Oral Histories Project

Oral History interviews have been conducted with each of the fourteen holders of Living Treasure awards.

Video interviews for Marjorie Hanson (Viking) and Ida Bull (Maskwacis) are published and accessible by clicking on the links below to watch!

Marjorie Hanson, Viking.

Interview by Joanne Zinter (2016)

Filmed and edited by Amy Lechelt

Watch video: Marjorie Hanson, Living Treasure of Battle River Country

Ida Bull. Maskwacis.

Interview by Jane Ross, Trish Ryan, and Amy Lechelt (2016)

Filmed and edited by Amy Lechelt

Watch video:Elder Ida Bull, Living Treasure of Battle River Country Award



2016 Awards: Living Treasure of Battle River Country

December 3, 2016. Two Living Treasure of Battle River Country Awards

Brothers, Bernard Rostaing and Edward Rostaing, held centre stage this morning at the 12th Anniversary Winter Brunch.

ALL Board Member, Trish Ryan, presented a background sketch of the many contributions by each new award holder. An informational section on the awards and the award holders will be posted soon.

Amy Lechelt, fourth year student at Augustana, University of Alberta, Special Speaker.
Her address was fresh, authentic, exciting, and inspiring as she outlined her accomplishments as an ALL Intern, assisted by Canada Summer Jobs. We can all thank her for:

  • setting up this website and maintaining it,
  • oral histories and filming of Living Treasures,
  • helping out with Rural Transportation Information Day (including music!),
  • the importance of intergenerational activities; we call it “life-wide”,
  • working together to create community,
  • fresh insights into the value of being Canadian. Thanks Amy, it’s good to be reminded!

Amy also told us about her experience as an ALL representative to SPARC – Symposium for the Performing Arts in Rural Canada. Although we thought the conference was primarily for youth, turns out it was mainly for leaders in arts-based organizations. Nonetheless, Amy was able to contribute to the proceedings and benefit greatly from them. She points especially to what she learned and contributed in sessions on innovation, mentorship/menteeship. Thanks to Amy for inspiring us all!


Winter Brunch, Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:30. Story’s Way. Please bring food items for the brunch. Several Living Treasures of Battle River Country will attend, and two new awards will be made for 2016. This brings to twelve, the number of Living Treasures. Six awards were made in 2012, and four awards in 2014. As we celebrate our 12th anniversary, we also celebrate the twelve Living Treasures – people who have contributed to the land and community, each in their own unique and wonderful ways.