EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is celebrating its centennial year in 2019, and in honour of this milestone will present a commissioned painting by renowned Alberta-based Indigenous artist Alex Janvier to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a gift to all Albertans.
The art, a diptych entitled Sunrise and Sunset, will be revealed to the public in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, in the Legislative Assembly Chamber.
Media are invited to attend.
“We are honoured to have collaborated with Alex Janvier to make this happen,” said AUPE president Guy Smith. “Alex is a world leader in Indigenous art, and we felt it was important for his work and artistic voice to have a presence in our legislature.
“When Albertans look upon Sunrise and Sunset in the chamber, we hope they’re reminded of all the hard working people throughout the province. Day and night, Albertans are hard at work providing the services we all depend on, and their tireless contributions have made our province an amazing place to live and work.”
Provincial government workers formed AUPE’s predecessor union, the Civil Service Association of Alberta (CSAA), in 1919. Since then, the union has been fighting for better working conditions, strong public services, and rights for members and all Albertans.
“We wanted to do something really special and unique as part of AUPE’s centennial year celebrations,” said Smith. “This one-of-a-kind diptych is our gift to the people and province of Alberta to celebrate 100 years of solidarity. This history was made by working people, and this gift belongs to all of them.”
AUPE is Alberta’s largest union with more than 95,000 members province-wide.
For more information:
Alexander Delorme, AUPE communications officer: 780-930-3333