Alberta Women's Institutes

Reconciliation in Alberta

Alberta is taking steps towards meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

Reconciliation is a journey of education and action to improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It is ongoing and active, and it starts with acknowledging the truth about Canada’s residential school system and colonial origins.

Alberta’s government is committed to collaborating with Indigenous communities and walking the path toward reconciliation together. This work has already begun, and it will continue to be a priority for our province.

For more on most recent actions implemented in Alberta and to view the Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Action Plan. This Action Plan sets out a path for reconciliation with achievable targets. Of the 94 calls to action, 29 fall within provincial jurisdiction. Alberta has made progress on 24 of these 29 calls to action.

Day Against Trafficking in Persons: Joint Statement

July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Tyler Shandro, Minister of Children’s Services Matt Jones, Minister of Labour and Immigration Kaycee Madu, Minister of Community and Social Services Jason Luan and Associate Minister of Status of Women Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk issued the following statements on World Day against Trafficking in Persons:

“Albertans add their voices to the international chorus calling for an end to human trafficking on World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Alberta’s government has strengthened these voices through our work to protect the vulnerable and stop this modern-day form of slavery. We proudly accepted the Human Trafficking Task Force’s five recommendations that will help fight human trafficking, and we are creating an Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons and improve front-line training. Through our collective efforts, Albertans will win this fight.”

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2022 Online Silent Auction is Live!

The Online Silent auction is now live on Facebook. Bidding is open until noon on June 7th. Winning bidders will be notified by Wednesday either via email or through Facebook message.

This auction is being held in conjunction with the Provincial Convention. There will also be a live silent auction at Convention of different items.

The items online are exclusive to this silent auction. To view the items and place your bid visit our Facebook page.

June News and Notes

June Issue of the News & Notes is now available to download.

In this Issue:

  • There’s Still time to Register & Pay at the door for Convention
  • ACWW Request
  • FWIC Call for Silent Auction Items
  • Ridgewood WI Celebrates 75 Years & You’re Invited!

Convention Agenda

Greetings all,

The AWI Provincial Convention Agenda is now available on our Convention page! Just click on our Agenda Fellow to open the full detailed agenda to read or download.

I have also included the Agenda below for your reference. You will be receiving it in an email along with the minutes from last year’s AGM before Monday. Additionally hard copies will be mailed out for those who are not on email.

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact the Provincial Office. I am back in my office Tuesday – Thursday for AWI.

Alberta Women’s Institutes

Building on Our Strengths


3:00 PM Pre-Convention Tour #1, “Camrose Highlights”
6:30 PM Card-Making Workshop with Hilda Tomaszewski
8:00 PM Creative Writing Workshop with Linda Toews

8:30 AM Registration opens
10:00 AM Opening ceremonies
10:15 AM Speaker – Kari Cameron, Changing Ways, “Elder Abuse”
11:15 AM Newsworthy Notions
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Business
4:00 PM District meetings
5:30 PM Banquet doors open
6:30 PM Banquet
Witty Writings & Embarrassing Events

8:00 AM Registration opens
9:00 AM Business
10:30 AM Speaker – Margaret Lyseng, Maplewood Acres Market Garden and Greenhouse
11:30 AM Wrap up
Closing Ceremonies
12:00 PM Adjournment
Pick up of handicrafts
1:30 PM Post-Convention Tour #2 “Shopping Plus Tour”
(This agenda is subject to change without notice.)

Updated News and Notes

Greetings all,

I have added in an update from our Handicraft Coordinator to the May edition of the News and Notes. There are reminders and tips regarding the Handicraft Competition.

May News and Notes

In this issue:

  • Convention Info and reminders.
  • New Things to Note at Convention: Newsworthy Notions, Embarrassing Events, and Witty Writings.
  • Jewelry Swap is back!

Remember to book your room at the Norsemen in Camrose, mention AWI Provincial Convention to get the preferred rate $99+tax/ night.

Anyone from Calgary coming to convention let the Provincial Office know, as we have a member looking for a ride.

Get Your Handicrafts Entries In!

The 2022 Handicraft List and entry forms are available to download. The Provincial Office will be sending out an email with the direct link to these as well. Watch your inbox for these. But if you cannot wait or want to get a jump on gathering your submissions, simply down load the full Handicraft List, Information sheet and entry forms from our website.

You can find the link to our Handicraft Page under the Awards & Competitions menu. Or click here!

Remember that all articles entered into the competition have to have been made since January 2020. Each submitted entry MUST be completed by the person submitting the entry. Each branch can have two articles in the same category, but of those articles, each must be submitted by a different member.

If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Wattenbarger, Handicraft Coordinator. All her contact information can be found on the Handicraft Information sheet and entry forms, as well as in the Handicraft List.

Happy Crafting!

Provincial Convention – Early Bird Registration open!

Greetings all,

The Provincial Convention date is set for June 7 and 8th, 2022. We are so excited that once again we can hold an in-person convention!

The them this year is Building on Our Strengths… and boy do we need this. Check out our designated Provincial Convention page to download your registration package and get all the full details!

April News and Notes

  • In this Issue:
    • Invitation to Stony Plain Constituency Conference
    • Update from Handicraft Coordinator
    • In Memory
    • News from FWIC