Why We Exist
Lured out west with the promise of bountiful harvests, beautful scenery and a better way of life, thousands of men and women packed up what they could, boarded wooden Colonist rail cars and began their seven day journey across the country to their new reality.
What greeted them when they arrived was barren landcapes, isolation and a struggle against mother nature just to survive. Many had immigrated to Canada, leaving families, homes and jobs behind, and now lived in one room shacks, built from the sod beneath their feet. They had to learn how to live off the land, and make due with what was available to them.
The strong perservered, adapted, and even flourished. It was their foresight, ingenuity and drive to succeed that paved the way for who we are as Western Canadians today. With every passing generation, we become more immersed in our complex, modern day culutre and further removed from the past.
As Western Canada grows in size and cultural diversity, it is more important now than ever to provide an understanding of the unique challenges and accomplishments of the pioneers who settled the land and who established the foundation on which Western Canada was built.
As Sir Winston Churchill said, “The farther backward you look, the father forward you are likely to see.”