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People of Alberta

Alberta has always been a place of diverse language and culture. Successive waves of international immigration have added to the distinct cultural practices and languages of Alberta's Indigenous peoples. The individual experiences of both native-born Albertans and immigrants to the province each have their own unique story. Often, people of similar ethnic backgrounds have been drawn together forming new communities or specific neighbourhoods. In other cases, people of various ethnic backgrounds have intermingled more with one another. Through our interactive map below you can navigate to the various parts of the world where present-day Albertans have come from. You will find background information regarding the different cultural groups in the province and examples of how they have adapted to life and maintain their cultural identities in modern Alberta.


Since the cultural heritage of Alberta grows more diverse with each passing year, we have not been able to cover all of the cultural groups in the province. However, with the permission of the Government of Alberta, we have provided profiles reprinted from the Alberta People Kit for most of those we have missed.

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