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
LOIS NORENE CAMPBELL
Lois was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1919.
As an eighteen year-old Regina school teacher, Lois learned to drive a one-horse open sleigh to her rural one-room school, where she simultaneously taught grades three to nine. In 1945, she married Duncan Darroch Campbell, and the couple moved to Vancouver where they started a family. Later making Edmonton their permanent home, Lois earned her Bachelor of Education degree while bearing three more children and running the family household.
It was in the early 1960s that Lois returned to the working world as a lecturer in early childhood education at the university. She was elected to the Edmonton Public School Board in 1968 and remained on the board until 1974. During this period, she was executive member of the Alberta School of Trustees Association.
Lois then served two terms as City Alderman, during which time she was appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force on the Heart of the City Committee. She finished her public service with a lengthy term as a member of the University of Alberta Senate.
Lois passed away on April 19, 2012, days before her 93rd birthday.
Sources: Edmonton Journal; Edmonton Bulletin; Office of the Councillors; City of Edmonton Archives; Obituary
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