By Dean Midyette

Pioneer Staff

Were only six short weeks away from the beginning of the summer school break and, of course, the upcoming Canada 150 festivities. Communities in the Valley are beginning to finalize plans and, with the help of grants from a $200 million fund created by the federal government to provide additional funding for events across our great nation, it will be a weekend to remember.

Here at The Pioneer, we have something special in store for you, our dedicated readers. Beginning today in our May 19th edition and running most weeks thru June 30th, The Pioneer will be featuring two page historical articles about topics that will be of interest to locals and visitors alike. We have engaged the services of some of our most gifted local writers to share stories that will most certainly capture your imaginations.

In our June 16th edition, no Canada 150-themed articles will run out of respect for our First Nations communities. We will be encouraging everyone to take part in the National Aboriginal Day festivities being held this year. We hope you have an opportunity to participate in one of our most important annual cultural celebrations.

Our Canada 150 themes will not shy away from controversy. They will illuminate and educate when dealing with parts of our history that some may find inappropriate. While history is always skewed toward the victorious we must take opportunities to revisit past injustices to ensure we dont repeat the mistakes of our predecessors.

We hope you enjoy our retrospectives and, as always, your feedback is welcomed.