Saturday, March 31, 2007
The Edmonton Area used to be called Beaver Hills by the Indigenous people who first lived here. It was a resource rich landscape with hunting, berries, water, trees...everything needed to live well and without fear of hunger or want. Little wonder the Hudson's Bay Company decided to set up shop. Fort Edmonton was the last outpost before the great, lonely journey to the North and provided a means of trade and peaceable co-existence (for the most part) between the European settlers and the First Nations people. For a time, it offered a possibility of a future wherein both cultures would be equals. Those days are long gone, as are the times before that, but even in fading memory is the knowledge that once, we slept on Beaver Hill.