The Mock Legislature
The Mock Legislature allows students
to participate in the parliamentary process as a role-play activity. Using replicas of the apparel and the symbolic items used in the Legislature, guides lead students through the stages of passage of a Bill so that every student can participate in
the debate. Download the teacher manual, script and student handbook.
Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre
The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre features an interpretive
centre, theatre and gallery, which are all located on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building and are open for guests to discover, either booked with a Heritage Interpreter or as reservations without a dedicated Heritage Interpreter. Reservations
can be added on to a group booking option as a way of adding programming outside of scheduled itinerary times. All reservations add 30 minutes per area.
Agora Interpretive Centre
The Agora Interpretive Centre is
a hands-on, multimedia learning space that features interactive activities and historical artifacts relating to the Alberta Legislature Building. Explore the Agora Interpretive Centre and uncover compelling stories of Alberta’s past and inspiring
tales about how active citizenship will shape Alberta’s future.
The Borealis Gallery is a state-of-the-art
exhibition space, where thought-provoking heritage exhibitions and world-class works by renowned Canadian artists await visitors. The Borealis Gallery features temporary exhibitions throughout the year that celebrate Canada’s dynamic identity,
rich history and cultural diversity.
The Pehonan Theatre uses a 360-degree screen
and 4-D effects in the film Our People Our Province, which celebrates the political and social history of Alberta.
Observe the Assembly in action from the public gallery in the Alberta Legislature Building and experience the Legislative Assembly first-hand. Visitors can watch the Speaker's procession and Oral Question Period, listen to the deliberations of the Assembly
and be introduced to the Members of the Legislative Assembly. Please note that session dates are subject to change and are not guaranteed. Please reference the Assembly calendar
choosing a date.
Online educational programs are interactive presentations given by Heritage Interpreters to encourage students to consider new perspectives. They can be delivered
for a Grade 6 or Grade 9 level.
COVID-19 in Perspective
Examine the treatment of pandemics in Canada’s history and how individual and collective rights have been affected by the use of emergency powers. The three pandemics analyzed are the Smallpox pandemic in Western Canada (1869-71), the Spanish Influenza
pandemic (1918-19), and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Examine the constitutional division of powers between governments in Canada, focusing on the role of citizens. Choose one of three case studies: the Famous Five successfully challenging the constitution, allowing women to be appointed as Senators;
Lieutenant Governor John C. Bowen reserving Royal Assent to an unconstitutional bill passed in the Alberta Legislature; and Premier Ralph Klein’s use of the Notwithstanding Clause to redefine marriage in the province of Alberta.
Perspectives on Treaties in Alberta
Explore the intricacies of Treaties in Alberta by examining the histories and development of Treaty-making in Canada, as well as present-day perspectives and understandings. Through fostering relevant discussions about the various levels of governance
in Canada and Alberta, many of which overlap, this program highlights contemporary relationships and responsibilities, reconciliation and active ally-ship.
This flexible option allows viewers to watch live broadcasts or previous recordings. Viewers can watch the Speaker's procession and Oral Question Period, as well as listen to the full deliberations of the Assembly. This activity is not led by a Heritage Interpreter. Learn More