Blog | March 11, 2021


March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Public Interest Alberta, Friends of Medicare, the United Nurses of Alberta, and the Alberta Arts Action Group held a visual demonstration to commemorate the lives that didn't need to be lost, and to recognize the work that is yet to be done to ensure this tragedy is never repeated. 

Artist Erin Alywood handmade a collection of roses, each one to represent one life lost, and each colour coded to show the age of the person we lost. The overwhelming number of white, silver, and gold roses in the visual display represented one death of an Albertan over the age of 60.

Watch our livestream →

Read our media release →

Read a detailed description of the event, including the texts of the poems and speeches →