A mission was a community. It was a meeting place for people of different backgrounds and
cultures who came to live, attend school, seek medical
attention, attend services, and discuss issues. A mission also was a place where
significantly-missionaries and non-aboriginal settlers became pioneers and
Aboriginal people began a more settled way of life. Regardless of its
ultimate success, each mission reflected
the personalities of the missionaries who established it, the communities
who lived in or nearby it, and the environment in which it developed.
This section presents a brief overview of some of Alberta's
prominent missions sites. Learn how each developed, find out
about related key people and significant events, and discover what has
been done to preserve their heritage.