STORY OF THE COVER
Having seen the photo of the "Bronze Frieze" in the Alberta Historical Review, our secretary, Mrs. Annie George, suggested this idea for the cover of "Land of the Red and White."
The "Bronze Frieze" is the work of Mr. John Weaver of Edmonton, and was a gift to "K" Division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, by the City of Edmonton.
While the "Bronze Frieze" depicts an R.C.M.P. officer holding out a hand in friendship to the Indian, our book includes the friendship of, not only the police, but of pioneers and people of today.
After obtaining permission to use the idea, and not having an artist in our group, Mrs. Kathleen Franks contacted Mr. Howard Sturge of Lloydminster, to make changes applicable to this area, as we wanted the cover of the book to be it's background. Thus the R.C.M.P. officer became a pioneer, the mill wheel and North Saskatchewan River were added.
We take this opportunity to thank "K" Division for granting permission and their kind assistance rendered toward this book.
The inside cover depicts the opening of the Heinsburg Bridge on October 9, 1963. The man in native costume is Edward Fox of Onion Lake Reserve.
ABOUT THE POEM
A few years ago, fifteen-year-old Nancy Rose of Calgary, under the name of "Ramblin' Rose", submitted her poem to the Y.C. poetry section of the Western Producer. Now, in April, 1975, she is completing matriculation and hopes to go on to study political journalism. Her comments on the thoughts behind the poem are worthy of being quoted here: "I meant it to emphasize the wasteful attitude of people generally, and Canadians specifically, when they toss away our history and our elderly as being of no use once they hit the magical age of retirement, and sometimes even before. Ancient civilizations considered men and women to be in their prime in the middle fifties, but today you have one foot in the grave once you hit the age of forty. If nothing else, our senior citizens are a storehouse containing the treasures of the past."
"History is a fabric woven by mankind in the loom of time. Its design may vary with the year - now dark, now bright, now bold, now seemingly insignificant.
Some how we must seek this pattern as it was meant to be, and help to make it a thing of beauty and strength."