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The Peoples

The Peoples section takes you one step closer to the cultures that were present since time immemorial in what is now called the Province of Alberta. The Elders are the knowledge keepers in many Aboriginal communities throughout the land. They hold the stories, histories and way of life for their communities of today and tomorrow. From generation to generation these gifts are passed down through a series of lessons.

The Aboriginal people within the Province of Alberta may be classified along many categories. In this section, we provide a brief classification that is along a language line. From the Blackfoot, who are a part of the Algonquian language family in Southern Alberta, to the Dene in Northern Alberta, who are a part of the Athabascan language family, Alberta is treasure chest of Aboriginal language groups.

In addition to language family classification we have included a map illustrating treaty groups, Métis settlements and Métis regions in the Province of Alberta, providing a current geographical reference.

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