Lac Ste. Anne Bulletin August 5, 2019

THE BULLETIN Vol 24 Issue 31 Monday, August 5, 2019 2013 Onoway & District Chamber of Commerce Business Of The Year County Officials Invited to Pilgrimage with Premier Kenney July 21 was no ordinary Sunday; it was the day Al- berta Premier Jason Kenney visited Ste. Anne Parish and took part in the opening ceremony of this year’s Pilgrimage. Notably, it was also the first time in his- tory that any Premier has visited the Lac Ste. Anne Pil- grimage site. Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation in- vited Premier Kenney to the opening ceremony, along with Lac Ste. Anne County Reeve Joe Blakeman, Councillor Lorne Olsvik, and MLA for Lac Ste. Anne- Parkland Shane Getson. Premier Kenney delivered the Recitation of the Rosary to the crowd of roughly 6,000 at Lac Ste. Anne Parish (which grew to more than 10,000 once Kenney ventured to the waterfront). Him- self a devout Catholic, Kenney also recited a special prayer he had prepared for the occasion. He then took part in a four-hour tour of the Pilgrimage site, followed by a luncheon with Chief Alexis and representatives from other regional bands. “We are gathered here in one of the most spiritually important places in Alberta; indeed, in Canada,” Ken- ney shared with those in attendance. “You can feel God’s presence here, as have hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for over the last 130 years.” During his visit, Premier Kenney expressed consider- able interest in the Pilgrimage and its origins; even having some interesting anecdotes of his own to share L to R: Councilor Lorne Olsvik, Father Les, MLA Shane Getson, Premier Jason Kenney, Chief Tony Alexis regarding the storied history of Lac Ste. Anne Parish and its connection to another sacred site in Guadalupe, Mexico. He was also greatly impressed by the ethnic and religious diversity of attendees, from Catholic and First Nations devotees to a sizable contingent of pilgrims from the Philipino and Eritrean communities. During the day Kenney Tweeted: “Won- derful day with thousands of pilgrims at the annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage. As Premier Jason Kenney greeting children at the pilgrimage Continued on page 3