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Traders, adventurers, missionaries and settlers: the first Europeans to explore Canada's western frontier shared a common bond. They spoke French.

Over the last three centuries, Franco-Albertans have moved in status from a dominant cultural influence to an endangered minority and most recently to a celebrated and distinct community. At all times, however, they played a critical part in sculpting the political, social, cultural and economic landscapes of the Prairies. Pockets of French-speaking peoples remain in the province in four major geographical areas: Edmonton, Peace River, Calgary and the Northeast. Today, over 60,000 Francophones call Alberta home.

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