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Grant MacEwan's writing is likely his greatest gift to society. He will always be remembered as one of the West's great popular historians. Having published upwards of fifty books, much of his writing was produced while he was a politician.  MacEwan was a Western-born writer who developed a passion for learning about the Canadian West, its history, and its people. In an interview MacEwan once said that he wanted to provide people with "entertaining, academic, and cultural values."

While serving as lieutenant governor of Alberta, MacEwan firmly believed in charity work and giving back to the community. During the 1960s, "Walkathons" became popular methods of raising money for good causes. MacEwan's first walk was for Oxfam's "Miles for Millions" during Canada's Centennial Celebrations in 1967. Rain or shine, lieutenant governor MacEwan was keen to participate in a worthy cause, particularly if it meant exercise and the opportunity to socialize with his fellow Albertans. Invitations for walkathons flooded the lieutenant governor's office, and he graciously accepted as many offers as possible. By the end of his term, MacEwan had walked well over a thousand miles for various charities.

In 1969, Grant MacEwan wrote a creed that is still repeated today by those influenced by his work, beliefs, and service to society. The creed reflects MacEwan's organic perspective on life and his respect for nature.  The words he chose represent his resiliency, determination, and independence. MacEwan presents the idea that questions are often more important than answers and searching is what makes life truly interesting. The creed reflects MacEwan's belief system and demonstrates his contributions to society. He believed the world was in a constant relationship with nature and it was humanity's responsibility to harvest this relationship. His service to society is far-reaching. Through his books, speeches, and everyday conversations with people, MacEwan changed the lives of people around him by making them more conscience and appreciative of their environment.


Macdonald, R.H. Grant MacEwan: No Ordinary Man. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1979.

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