Educational & Related Material

As the ongoing processing of the Sir Samuel Steele Collection continues, references to related materials is expected and will be added at a future date. Go to our news archive for current and archived articles about the collection. Click here to jump to educational resources

Steele Collection BookletSteele Collection Booklet

Sir Samuel Steele Collection Booklet: English / français

The booklet covers the six major themes of Steele’s life, including his role in the Red River Expedition, the beginnings of the North West Mounted Police and the “March West,” his marriage to Marie de Lotbinière Harwood,  his service in Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush, the Boer War, and finally World War I. The booklet also touches on the life of fellow NWMP member Roger Pocock and his collection of diaries and scrapbooks. Items from the collection, including diaries, letters, memoirs, scrapbooks, and photographs, were  scanned and photographed for the collection booklet.

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Media Coverage: Sam Steele Comes Home to Canada.


Canadian folk hero
The Ottawa Citizen
Published: June 25, 2008

Story of hanging Boer rebels was military rumour
The Ottawa Citizen
Published: June 23, 2008

The U of A gets its man
University of Alberta Express News
Published: June 20, 2008

Historic Steele collection returning to Canada
Published: June 19, 2008

Famous Mountie’s documents come home
The Ottawa Citizen
Published: June 20, 2008

Mountie’s secrets may put new spin on our history
Edmonton Journal
Published: June 20, 2008

‘The Holy Grail of archival collections’
Globe and Mail
Published: June 19, 2008

Dead Mountie stops traffic
The Gazette
Published: June 19, 2008

Legendary Mountie a London show-stopper
Edmonton Journal
Published: June 19, 2008

Celebrating Sam Steele
Published: June 18, 2008

Glenbow scores Steele artifacts
Calgary Herald
Published: June 11, 2008

Legendary Mountie Sam Steele brought justice and integrity to the West
Edmonton Journal
Published: June 19, 2008


City TV Calgary
June 24, 2008

Global Calgary
June 20, 2008

Global National
June 19, 2008

CBC Newsworld: The National
June 19, 2008

Educational Resources & Lesson Plans

To encourage student to access the Sir Samuel Steele Collection, the University of Alberta Libraries have commissioned the development of school programming. We are excited to offer, free of charge, a variety of unique and engaging programs that complement the current Alberta Social Studies curriculum for grades four through seven. These programs feature:

  • – Lesson plans with a strong match to the Alberta Social Studies curriculum, developed in accordance with the latest research and Historical Thinking Concepts (see sidebar).
  • – Rich primary sources available online for teachers and students to support inquiry-based learning in a student-friendly format.

The curriculum materials have been developed according to the following themes:

  1. – The role that Sir Sam Steele played in the settlement of Alberta.
  2. – Sir Sam Steele’s career in the RCMP and his key role in maintaining law and order during the settlement of the Canadian West.
  3. – Sir Sam Steele’s participation in the expansion of Canada, especially his experiences during the Red River Expedition and the March West.
  4. – The significant role that Steele played in the Yukon and in World War I.
  5. – The significant relationships Steele had with his wife, two daughters and son.

Modules – click to download