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Society and Culture

Native Pow wow DancerThe society and culture of Alberta is one that rises from Alberta's mixture of diverse population, rich history, and unique geography. Alberta has a rich culture with many languages and artistic traditions.

Alberta's First Nations people are at the foundation of the province's history, art, and culture. As time has passed, Alberta has become the home for people from around the world, all bringing their own experiences, languages, and cultural traditions. The First Nations people have very long traditions and history that has enriched the culture of Alberta. With the coming of the Fur Trade a new Aboriginal People, the Métis, the children of traders and First Nations people, created a unique and rich culture.

With the end of the Fur Trade and the arrival of the settlers Alberta became host to people from around the world, each bringing their own culture and language.

Alberta people have played an important role in defining what is Canadian socially, culturally, and politically. The movement to give women the vote had its roots in the province with some of the founding members of the Famous Five hailing from Alberta.

Albertan politicians, writers, volunteers, pioneers, artists, musicians, sports figures, and inventors have had a significant impact on Canada.

Alberta's culture has been reflected in its institutions. Museums, archives, and historic sites can be found throughout the province, and are interactive ways to experience and celebrate the heritage of Alberta.


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