Culture minister Leela Aheer believes Alberta Culture Days offers a chance for us to grow closer together as a people.

The minister was in Cochrane on Sept. 13 to take in a film presentation, visit with sculptors and enjoy a performance of the Stoney Mini Thni dancers.

"The more that we get to learn about each other, and learn what makes us who we are, the more we build for better communities." 

She says current discussions surrounding Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter additionally afford us the opportunity to find a common discussion and pursue better legislation so that people and communities can grow together and live together.

Praise was heaped upon those organizing and participating in Cochrane Culture Days by town council officials.

"I'm so proud of the group for all their efforts in setting up the weekend's events," says Mayor Jeff Genung. "Getting the minister was a great coo for Cochrane. Anytime we can having a provincial representative here representing the province as a minister elevates our status in the province."

Town councillor Susan Flowers, who's highly active with the Cochrane Pipe Band, believes there was an increase in participation and variety in the offerings of the weekend.

"The volunteers put their heart and soul into making a great weekend. The variety and talent is just outstanding," says Flowers. "To be outdoors and social distancing but enjoying life... it doesn't get any better than that."

Jane Kaczmer, chair of Cochrane Integrated Arts Society and key organizer, was thrilled with how the weekend went.

"It's been very successful," she said on Sunday. "We had a wonderful day yesterday with good weather. The bands were phenomenal, and all the entertainment was wonderful both at Cochrane Town Square and Centennial Plaza. The sculpture garden is fantastic and the film presentations at Back Stage have been really fascinating."

Kaczmer was delight Culture Minister Aheer was able to visit.