Mark your calendars! September 1 is now officially Alberta Day –

The Government of Alberta has officially named September 1 Alberta Day to celebrate the province’s cultural heritage and its unique place in the Canadian confederation.

September 1, 1905 is the day Alberta’s official law came into effect. This act created the province of Alberta and cemented the province into the ten provinces and three territories that make up Canada.

Premier Jason Kenney said Alberta Day will help celebrate what sets Alberta apart among its neighbours.

“Alberta’s pioneering spirit and entrepreneurial culture have driven our province to become one of the most prosperous and generous places on the planet. We need to remember and learn from our history and acknowledge our shortcomings while proudly celebrating our heroes and accomplishments. Creating a new annual tradition of Alberta Day – the day we entered Confederation – will be a way to show our pride in this great province,” he said in a written statement.

Culture Minister Ron Orr also spoke about Alberta’s history and the unique spirit behind this new day of celebration.

“Throughout our 116-year history, Albertans have been generous, disciplined and creative. We should be proud of the province we have built together. Declaring September 1 Alberta Day is an important step in affirming the unique spirit of Alberta, our contributions and challenges in Confederation, and what it means to be Albertan,” he said in a written statement.

The Government of Alberta plans to hold various Alberta Day celebrations in Edmonton and Calgary and provides support to other regions planning to hold their celebrations.

Expect to see more information about Alberta’s celebrations and history in the months ahead as our province prepares to celebrate its unique heritage and remarkable contributions to the confederation of the provinces that make up our country.

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