Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks the longest day of the year. There are lots of COVID-friendly National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening around the capital
GWENDOLEN A. CLARKE
Gwendolen was born in Durham, Ontario and moved to Edmonton in 1907. When she came to Edmonton, she worked first for the Provincial Government then as secretary for City Council’s committee. While working on this job , she met Alderman Joseph Clarke and they married in 1912.
Following her husband’s death on July 26, 1941, she was elected and stayed on council until 1943.
In 1954, she was elected president of the Edmonton branch of the United Nations Association. She was also involved in many committees in the Edmonton Council of Women, the YMCA and the Liberal Club. Gwendolen also organized the formation of Cromdale Community League.
Gwendolen passed away on March 25th, 1972 at the age of 88.
Sources: Edmonton Bulletin, November 14, 1941; Edmonton Journal, March 27, 1972