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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, December 19, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 rp" Uo ADDING ID YOUR Living history on display A gallery depicting the ceremonies and religion of the Blackfoot Indians is the latest addition to the attractions at the Provincial Museum and Archives of Alberta in Edmonton. The display features religious objects, a large tipi, a reproduction of Lodge, and comprehensive reading text outlining the complicated religious beliefs of the tribe. The Alberta story is on display at the museum and archives, which is operated by the Department of the Alberta Provincial Secretary. Yester- day is here preserved in a manner designed to entertain and educate today's residents. Natural and human history is displayed in a variety of galleries covering geology, fossils, animal life, and habitat, along with representations of the life of the Indians, the fur traders, and the pioneers. Gallery programs are held in which spectators are invited to handle and use the artifacts on display. The Provincial Archives has a display gallery on historical documents, as well as its public services in the Archives Reference Room. Groups are encouraged to arrange guided tours cumplrte with lectures and films which bring Alberta's history to life. Hunter training program Twenty-five schools in Alberta are teaching the provincial Hunter Training and Conservation program, either as an option class or'as part of the regular curriculum. Currently over 60 more junior and senior high schools are in the first stages of participation. A project of the Alberta Department of Lands and Forests, the course is designed to familiarize hunters with such subjects as wildlife manage- ment and conservation; game laws and regulations; and identification and habitat of wildlife. 11 emphasizes the sportsman's responsibility toward the environment and the need for thoughtful and safe use of sporting equipment. Any resident of the province, over the age of 12 is entitled to take the course, without charge. All course instructors, over 500 throughout the province, are graduates of the program's instructor's course, provided by the Hunter Training section of the Department, included in the subjects covered are big game identification and habitat, migratory and upland game birds, first aid, firearms, archery, survival, water safety, camping and equipment, legislation and management. It is expected that about persons will want to take the Hunter Training and Conservation course next year. Centre teaches outdoor appreciation Appreciation and enjoyment of our natural environment is the heritaga of every Albertan. To provide opportunities for practical outdoor learning experiences and instruction for leaders in outdoor education programs, the Alberta Outdoor Education Centre has been established at Blue Lake by the provincial Department of Youth. Here, leadership opportunities are provided for those, who will, in turn, teach others to enjoy the great outdoors and develop an appreciation for the natural environment. The wilderness location in northwestern Alberta, selected for the Centre, offers a tremendous range of outdoor education opportunities. Potential programs include camping, natural science, nature and interpretation, aesthetics, conservation, administration and outdoor sports. Satellite and waterfront sites are designed for special programs. The Centre will be ready for full program use early in 1971. Priority will be given to courses sponsored by the Department in co-operation with agencies who require leadership opportunities beyond their own resources. Other provincial departments and organizations are encouraged to use the Centre for courses consistent with it's objectives. The Alberta Outdoor Education Centre is one more aspect of the Youth Department's program to encourage the development of outdoor recreational opportunities throughout the province. More provincial parks established Five new provincial parks were established in Alberta last season to extend the recreational facilities offered residents by the Department of Lands and Forests. The new parks are Police Outpost, in the Cardslon area; Chain Lakes, to serve the Slavery-Wanton area; Pigeon Lake, on the west side of that body of water; Sir Winston Churchill Park, established, developed, and opened last summer near Lac La Biche; and Gregoire Lake, which will provide an outdoor recreation site for residents of the Fort McMurray area. Opened this summer for the first time, was Tillebrook Campsite, an overnight facility for travellers on the Trans-Canada Highway. Jarvis Bay Park on Sylvan Lake is rapidly nearing completion and Moose Lake Provincial Park is under development near Bonnyville. Miquelon Park has undergone a major development with improved and expanded facilities and 180 camping units have been added to Wabamum Lake Provincial Park. The Provincial Parks Division of the department, maintains 14 developed or partially developed parks now open to the public. In addition, there are 4 parks with initial development not open to the public and one undevel- oped picnic type park which has for many years served as a picnic site for local residents. Auditorium buildings constantly busy During the current entertainment season, from mid-September to the end of May, the two provincial, multi-purpose Jubilee Auditorium complexes in Edmonton and Calgary will be operating at near capacity levels. The facilities have set a steady growth pattern of about 7% per year in terms of usage. The 13-year success story of these vast concert halls is one of pio- neering achievement in the field of performing arts, enriching the cities and far-reaching communities they serve. Broadway musicals, international touring companies and world- renowned concert artists testify to the top-rated quality of the halls for comfort, seating capacity and'continiially up-dated technical facilities such as lighting, acoustics, sound systems and staging. Not just a theatre, each centre is fully equipped to handle conven- tions, local meetings, exhibits, film showings, small banquets, and even religious services. Bookings for groups from 50 to 450 can be arranged. One important factor in the use of the buildings is a specially-structured fee arrangement allowing local non-profit organizations to use the facilities at a reduced rate. Guided by a management committee, appointed by Order in Council, the auditoriums are a service of the Provincial Secretary's Denartment, and are maintained by the Department of Public Works. Travel bureau active all year Teaching residents of Alberta to appreciate and use the recreational facilities offered by other regions of their province is the aim and purpose of the "Know Alberta Better" advertising campaign conducted yearly by the Alberta Government Travel Bureau. The province is divided into 12 regions and each region is exposed, through newspaper, television and radio promotions, to the scenic and vacation attractions of the other 11. In this way the Travel Bureau encourages Albertans to spend their vacations within the boundaries of their own province. 'Extensive campaigns are also carried out to make Alberta a vacation mecci for winter sports enthusiasts. Last season an award-winning audio-visual ski exhibit, was shown in metropolitan centres including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Toronto. It was partially responsible for the increase in winter business which resulted in the main accommodation facilities at Banff and Jasper remaining open year 'round. The advantages of a summer vacation in Alberta are well pimnolcd Ino, by this Branch of the Alberta Department ol Industry and Tourism, A program of instruction on tourist treatment is maintained for those concerned with the travel industry, such as accommodation staff, food service personnel, and transportation employees. Conventions are not overlooked. A year 'round editorial and slide present- ation service is offered for use across Canada and throughout the United States to encourage individuals attending out of the province conventions to bid on conventions, seminars, etc. for Alberta cities. A transparency display depicting Alberta summer and winter scenes is also set up for the duration of the convention. ALBERTA GOVERNMENT SERVICES MOVE IN MANY DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS For further information, tpply cither directly to the Department concerned or the Albert Government Publicity Bureau, 1618 Centennial Building, Edmonton, AlbertJ, ;