Welcome to AlbertaSource.ca, home of the Alberta Online Encyclopedia, a
web portal developed by the Heritage Community Foundation to bring Alberta to
the world and the world to Alberta. This unique, born-digital resource consists
of over 80 purpose-built websites including text, images, audio and video. The
sites make learning about the historical, natural, cultural, scientific and
technological heritage fun. The Heritage Community Foundation is proud to
partner with a range of heritage organizations including museums and archives;
the media; professional associations; the Aboriginal, Francophone and other
ethnocultural communities; as well individuals in the creation of online
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Albertasource.ca - the Alberta Online Encyclopedia is, first and
foremost, an educational resource. It comprises over 80 websites, dealing with
all aspects of the historical, natural, cultural, scientific and technological
heritage. All have linkages to the Alberta Program of Studies as well as
applications for curricula in other jurisdictions both in Canada and abroad.
Please use the Guide to access the rich multimedia, authoritative
resources in the form of text, images, audio and video.
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in the West. Information about the role and impact of the Missionary
Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Western Canada is important not only for a better
understanding of Canada's colonial past but also of the present. Discover 100
years of Oblate history and the Order's impact on Aboriginal and Métis Peoples
as well as Francophone communities on the Oblates in West Website.
This site is available in both
MacEwan's Prairie West. Grant MacEwan's Prairie West is a content-rich
website that explores his life and accomplishments through text, images, and
video. Grant MacEwan was one of the most respected Western Canadians of the
twentieth century. He was an agriculturalist, educator, mayor of Calgary,
Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, historian, lecturer, and an author of nearly
fifty books. This unique website will provide visitors with an in-depth summary
of Grant MacEwan's life and an analysis of some his most important literary
works. In addition, over 25 Feature Articles written by Grant MacEwan appear
throughout the website.
The Alberta: How the West
was Young. Join us as we discover the early history of Alberta going
back 11,000 years. The site explores Aboriginal history from the Pre-Contact
Era through to the Fur Trade and the Métis-the people who bridged the Old and
This site is available in both
Alberta: Home, Home on the Plains Website. To make way for western settlement
and the building of the railways, in the latter half of the 19th century,
Treaties were undertaken by the Government of Canada with Aboriginal People.
Discover the settlement era in Alberta with a focus on early settlement, rural
life, farming and ranching.
Traditional Use Studies Website explores the history and methodologies for
undertaking studies of land use by Aboriginal Peoples. This work involves
gathering of information from Elders and other knowledge keepers and creating
maps and other documents that make this knowledge accessible. Findings are
valuable for a range of purposes from rights protection for Aboriginal Peoples
(who conduct the studies), to governments desiring to regulate land use and
environmental protection, and industry wishing to exploit resources. Examples
are drawn from Alberta, Canada and internationally.
The Alberta Inventors and
Inventions Edukit is a customized educational website that draws on the
resources of the Alberta Inventors and Inventions website for the benefit of
teachers, students and home learners. The site supports student learning
relating to Albertan inventors, the development of their inventions, and their
subsequent use as well as showcasing research establishments. It showcases over
a century of innovation and explores the inventive spirit of Albertans.
The Carving Faces: People of
the Boreal Forest Edukit is a unique learning resource that draws on
the People of the Boreal Forest Website to provide a range of resources for
teachers, students and home learners. The website is based on more than 50
years of work with Aboriginal communities undertaken by Terry Garvin, author of
a popular book titled Carving Faces, Carving Lives: People of the Boreal
Forest. The Edukit is intended to provide a range of information and activities
that highlight and promote an understanding of the Aboriginal People who live
and work in the Boreal Forest Region of Alberta.
Place Names of
Alberta: The Land, the People and Their Stories is a state-of-the-art
multimedia website that explores the history of naming in Alberta as well as
providing a range of information about names of communities, geographical
features and special areas. The website allows users to discover the origins
and meanings behind place names by situating them in their political, social,
economic and cultural context. The dynamic Alberta Geographical Place Names
Database allows you to search about 12,000 entries.
Alberta's Real Estate Heritage Website chronicles the social, political,
demographic and architectural heritage of Alberta's cities, towns and rural
communities. The real estate industry has played a vital role in shaping
communities and contributing to the province's economic development. Explore
the rich Multimedia section that includes the Landmark Buildings and Places
database, which is searchable according to building type, era and architectural
style. Listen to Heritage Trail's mini-radio documentaries. Search the Feature
Article and Photo Archives databases.
Celebrate 150 years of oil history and the historic strike in Oil Springs and
Petrolia with our new section devoted to the celebration.
Click here to discover more about this historic event.
In 2005, the Edmonton Art Galley (now the Art Gallery of Alberta) created the
exhibition titled THE ROAD: Constructing the Alaska Highway. This web-based
exhibition project examines the visual history and lasting impact of the
construction of the Highway on northern Canada. The site is a unique
opportunity for people in Alberta, and around the world, to learn about the
history of western and northern Canada, and the important role that art and
artists play in creating and documenting history.
Click here to visit the site.
Homefront in Alberta Website uses words, photographs, video and audio to tell the
compelling story of how Alberta communities mobilized to support the war
effort. It also contains a comprehensive database of artifacts from this era
belonging to the Canadian Militaria Preservation Society.
The Creative Edmonton
website is a product of Edmonton Canada's Cultural Capital 2007 and
showcases the range of arts, heritage and cultural activity in Alberta's
Capital City. At the heart of the site is the Edmonton Cultural Inventory
undertaken by the Heritage Community Foundation. This includes discussion
papers, individual and organizational survey results, and an organizational
database of over 500 non-profit and for-profit cultural organizations.
Discover the rich history and heritage of the University over its past 100
years. Take a journey into the past through archived photographs, video and
audio clips, interactive timelines, and stories documenting the University's
influence, ingenuity, and innovation. Celebrate a century of academic
excellence and achievement by visiting the
University of Alberta Centennial Website.
Alberta's Black Pioneer Heritage dates back to the mid-19th century. The
Black pioneers' story is one of perseverance and courage, brought to life
through the Alberta's
Black Pioneer Heritage Web site, developed by the Heritage Community
Foundation in partnership with the Black Pioneer Descendants' Society.
Travel back in time or look at modern Estonian communities through archival
photographs, family biographies, community profiles, and stories. Discover the
stories of flight from repression to homesteading and community building. Learn
about the history, people and culture of Alberta's Estonian communities by
visiting the Alberta's
Estonian Heritage Web Site, developed by the Heritage Community
Foundation and the Alberta Estonian Heritage Society.
The Heritage Community Foundation has launched its first print publication, Carving
Faces, Carving Lives: People of the Boreal Forest. This remarkable
book by author and photographer Terry Garvin promises to be a valuable resource
for all who seek greater understanding of traditional Aboriginal life and
To order this book, contact:
WESTLANDS Book Express Ltd
620 2nd Ave W
Tel: 403-932-7810 or 1-800-792-8318