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Father Albert Lacombe with Blackfoot men, Crowfoot, left, and Three Bulls, October 1886.The French were very important in the development of Alberta. French explorers were among the very first to enter Alberta and the first to meet with Aboriginals. French and Métis hunters and traders fuelled financial interests and were trailblazers in the new land, while independent and company surveyors from French families helped plan Alberta’s mines, tar sands extractions, and fur trade expeditions. French art and culture--from food to music to dance, is still visible today in festivals attended by many Albertans. French Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate set up churches and missions which would become an important part of the basis for new French communities, and Alberta’s political forum has been graced by many influential French speakers.

Here you will learn about the important Franco-Albertan figures in religion, politics, business, sport, art, culture, and community life.

Catholicism, French culture, and prominent French people.

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