Home Albert News Purchase Gallery Contact  Writings Links

2011 06 07

~ The Faust Lands ~
150 square mile area immediately south of the hamlet

*

        The road south into the forest is today still referred to as the Co-op Road (though it is no longer locally owned or controlled), because it was built by the Central Alberta Land Use Cooperative Ltd. of Faust.
        The project operated successfully, on a three-and-one-half-townships sized area, for a number of years and the Co-op became a large and preferred employer (its stated goal was to always pay ten cents per hour more for labor than the local standard) ~ and as a cooperative it was owned and run by the local shareholders under the principle of one vote per shareholder who each could only hold one share.
        Its eventual demise was caused by onerous financing conditions that could not be met, as well as by impossible bureaucratic work specifications that could not be carried out.
        It formally staked the community's claim in the region south of the hamlet that 20 years later resulted in another ["Frost Hills"] project that ~ though never carried out, has placed legal notations on the land that may allow the people of Faust to yet make claim on a basis of united residents, undivided by either race or legal status (Indian, Metis, Bill C-31, Band member, or immigrant settler ~ be it from Europe or Asia), as was the (stated) original intention.
mimeographs from contemporary Faust News

*