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
Violet Field came to Edmonton in 1927 from her native London, England where she was born and raised. While in England, she was secretary of the Chelsea Hospital for woman.
She was the wife of Doctor T.H Field who died prior to her election to city council. At the time of her election in 1951, she was the first woman to be elected since 1945.
She was the former president of the woman’s Canadian Club, former chairman of the Red Cross and was on the board of directors of the Victorian Order of Nurses.
Violet passed away on December 17th, 1975.
Sources: Edmonton Journal, November 8th, 1951, December 20, 1975-City of Edmonton Archives