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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 learning resources.


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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. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GUIDE.

 

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Oblates in the West

The Oblates 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 English and French.

Grant MacEwan's Prairie West

The Grant 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.

Alberta: How the West was Young

Alberta: How the West was Young

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 New Worlds.

This site is available in both English and French.

Alberta: Home, Home on the Plains

Alberta: Home, Home on the Plains

The 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.

This site is available in both English and French.

Traditional Use Studies

Traditional Use Studies

The 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.

Alberta's Inventors and Inventions Edukit

Alberta's Inventors and Inventions Edukit

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.

People of the Boreal Forest Edukit

People of the Boreal Forest Edukit

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

Place Names of Alberta: The Land, the People and Their Stories Website

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

Alberta's Real Estate Heritage

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.

Canada's Petroleum Heritage

Canada's Petroleum Heritage

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.

New to Albertasource.ca

Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway

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.

The Homefront in Alberta

Homefront

The 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.

Creative Edmonton

Creative Edmonton

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.

The University of Alberta Centennial Journey

Green and Gold Centenary

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

Pioneering People

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.

Alberta's Estonian Heritage

Alberta's Estonian Heritage

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.



Carving Faces, Carving Lives Book Cover Carving Faces, Carving Lives: People of the Boreal Forest

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 culture.

To order this book, contact:
WESTLANDS Book Express Ltd
Box 1166
620 2nd Ave W
Cochrane, Alberta
T4C 1Z7
Tel: 403-932-7810 or 1-800-792-8318
Email: westlandsgeorge@yahoo.ca