Alberta is a place of diverse peoples and cultures. The historical
experience and traditions of those who have come from places near
and far has enriched and challenged Alberta as a province and
While people of similar cultural backgrounds have often come
together to form new communities or to live in specific
neighbourhoods, there are equally the instances of people of
various ethnic backgrounds intermingling with one another.
The experience of both native-born Albertans and immigrants to the
province is a kaleidoscope of unique stories in which you will find an overview of
the cultural community and the people, places and practices that
reflect their life and experience in Alberta.
It is important to note that much of the experience of Alberta's
peoples has not been documented. Therefore, you will find that
there is more information on some communities and much less on
others. Some communities are not represented on this site.
This lack or absence of information in no way reflects the
relative importance of a particular community's experience,
presence and contributions. In most cases it reflects the
availability of community knowledge through published sources. We
are pleased that we have been able to cover many cultural groups
in the province at this time. We look forward to providing more
detailed information in the future as that becomes available.
In some instances, we have provided profiles reprinted from the Alberta
People Kit, published in 1984. Into this valuable resource we
have endeavoured to incorporate new information and update
existing material to offer a current
portrait of these cultural communities.
This digital collection was
produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital
Collections initiative, Industry Canada.