Alberta Heritage Online
Alberta Heritage Online is the gateway to
Alberta's heritage resources including museums, historic sites
and archives. It promotes cultural tourism through
showcasing Places to Go as well as providing a directory of
heritage institutions and organizations.
They are the ones who remember. They are the keepers of knowledge, and
the living memories of ancient cultures. They are the Elders of Alberta’s Aboriginal
communities. Read and hear the stories of Elders in Elders’ Voices, a multimedia
testament to the resilience of those who have struggled to keep the old world from
being completely swept away by the new.
Alberta's Francophone Heritage
Francophone Alberta is important historically, politically, economically, culturally and
socially. Discover more through Alberta's Francophone Heritage and its telling of individual and
community stories from the era of the fur trade to contemporary Francophone communities confidently
embracing the future.
Alberta: Home, Home on the Plains
To make way for western settlement and the
building of the railways, in the latter half of the 19th
century, Treaties were undertaken by the Government of Canada
with Aboriginal People. Discover the settlement era in Alberta with
a focus on early settlement, rural life, farming and ranching.
Alberta: How the West Was Young
Join us as we discover the early history of
Alberta going back 11,000 years. The site explores
Aboriginal history from the Pre-Contact Era through to the Fur
Trade and the Métis—the people who bridged the Old and New Worlds.
This site explores the natural history of Alberta
through an ecosystems approach. Explore the natural regions
of Alberta, the flora and fauna, through text, over 700 images,
225 audio files and a flashzone designed specifically for children
of all ages.
Alberta's Arts Heritage
The Heritage Community Foundation and CKUA Radio
Network are thrilled to provide users of the World Wide Web
with a rich and dynamic resource on the arts in Alberta. This
site provides a chance to learn about the people and organizations
that have contributed to development of the arts and culture
Alberta's Aviation Heritage
This site presents Alberta's contribution to
aviation history. Barnstorming, international airfields and
early flying inventions come alive as you watch oral
histories, listen to Heritage Trails, and read about the
pioneers of flight.
Alberta's Inventors and Inventions
The site explores innovation and invention
through the patent process and provides access to thousands of
patent records. Individual inventors and inventions are
profiled and the inventive spirit is seen as crucial to the
past and future development of the province of Alberta.
Alberta's Natural Resources
Alberta's development, past and present,
depends on our natural resources. This site provides
primary information about Soils and Agriculture, Hydrocarbons
and Forests. As well, it explores the history of
resource extraction, innovation in resource use as well as issues.
Alberta's Political History
Learn all about the political life of Alberta
from past to present—elected officials, the buildings and
the stories. Topics covered include Political Institutions,
Elections, People and Events. An interactive map
allows you to search election records from 1905.
Alberta's Telephone Heritage
From Alex Taylor to Telus Communications, this
site looks at the technology of the telephone and celebrates
its development in Alberta. Oral histories, Heritage Trails,
and a searchable database let visitors really explore
Alberta's telephone heritage.
Albertans: Who Do They Think They Are?
Explore the cultural diversity of Alberta with
a focus on the people and issues that have helped make Alberta
the dynamic province it is today. More than 60 ethnocultural groups are represented including their history,
culture, traditions and contributions.
Celebrating Alberta's Italian Community
Immigrants from Italy began to come to Western
Canada in the 1880s to work on the railways and in the mines.
Explore the settlement history, culture, traditions,
achievements and contributions of Italian-Canadians. The
site includes profiles of individuals and organizations, photo
albums as well as discussions of painful issues such as
discrimination and internment.
City of Edmonton Archives - Online Catalogue
The City of Edmonton Archives is a treasure
trove of documents and images important to an understanding of
the history of the City and region. The Online
Catalogues includes more than 10,000 historic photographs
spanning more than 100 years.
CKUA Sound Archives
The CKUA Radio Network is Canada's first educational
broadcaster and Canada's first public broadcaster. Its
sound archives are important to the public
life, arts and culture of Alberta. Listen to over 800
hours of CKUA programming including Arts Alberta, Speaker of
the Week and Current Affairs.
Doors Open Alberta
This site promotes Doors Open Alberta—an
annual special event that showcases the architectural heritage
of Alberta. Visit the site to find out about our
architectural history and different kinds of buildings from
modest to extravagant.
Edmonton Oilers Heritage
This website coincides with the Edmonton Oilers'
25th Anniversary Celebration marking their arrival in the
National Hockey League (NHL) in the 1979-80 season. The site
commemorates the rich history and contributions of the Oilers
to professional hockey and includes player profiles,
memorabilia, video and a photo database.
This site is a public learning portal that
showcases Edukits developed by the Heritage Community
Foundation drawing on its educational websites found at
www.albertasource.ca. Edukits are a dynamic assemblage of educational resources
including lesson plans, activities, games and
interactive content to capture students' imaginations and
promote hands-on learning.
The Famous 5
Until the Famous 5—Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy,
Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise McKinney—decided
to challenge the Government of Canada, women were not
considered "persons" in the law. Find out about these
five amazing women and their contributions to Canadian society
and the advancement of women's rights.
Great Alberta Law Cases
This interactive site presents, in audio format,
dramatizations of 30 of Alberta's most interesting, contentious
and influential legal battles. The site presents civil,
criminal and constitutional cases from when Alberta was a part
of the Northwest Territories to the present.
Methodist Missionaries in Alberta
Find out about Methodism in Canada as an
aspect of the settlement of the Canadian West. The
missionaries came to spread the faith but also became tools
for government policy in relation to Aboriginal People. This
legacy, good and bad, is explored.
The Métis in
Explore the rich history of the
first Francophone community in Alberta through The Métis in
Alberta, a fully bilingual website showcasing the origins,
the people, and the culture of the Métis who have helped shaped
this province into what it is today.
For the Life of the World: The Missionary Oblates
This site explores the 19th century French
missionary order that still serves in First Nations'
communities in Western and Northern Canada. Through three
small virtual exhibits find out about the vocation of these
Experience the culture and traditions of the
First Nation People with Nature's Laws - a website
describing aboriginal views on the governance of life.
Northlands Park - Memories Worth Keeping
This website explores the long and rich
heritage of Northlands Park—a community organization—over 125 years. Northlands is seen as key to the development of not only the
City of Edmonton but also the region. Explore the
agricultural roots; rodeo; horse racing; arts and cultural
events; trade shows and other economic development activities
from past to present.
Spirit of the Peace Museums - Online Catalogue
This online digital catalogue provides access
to selected artifacts, archival images and records drawn from the collections of 26 museums in
northern Alberta (the Spirit of the Peace Museums Network). Images relate to Aboriginal and settlement history and include
natural history specimens.
St. Vincent and St. Paul
The Era of the Fur Trade first brought
Francophone fur traders to northern Alberta and created Métis
communities. Missionary orders, such as the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate, came next to serve Aboriginal Peoples to be
followed by settlers. Join us as we examine the history and
dynamics of two of Alberta's important French communities.
This virtual exhibit explores the making of
Treaty 8 through text, historic photographs,
audio, video and contextual information, as well as
exploring the culture and lifeways of First Nations people.
Volunteerism in Alberta: 100 Years of Celebrating Community
The selfless acts of thousands of Albertan
volunteers have defined the province since the first
explorers entered Western Canada. Find out about the people
and the organizations they formed who have dedicated
themselves to advancing the causes of others without the
expectation of being compensated. Alberta's volunteers are
one of our most valuable natural resources, and they have
been improving community for over 100 years.
When Coal Was King: Coal Mining in Western Canada
This site is the first phase of a multi-phase
project that will result in a national website that explores
coal mining—past, present and future. Text, images, audio
and video are used to tell a compelling story. The website
is a part of the Year of the Coal Miner project, a major
education and awareness campaign involving Alberta and
British Columbia partners.
Wings Over Alberta
Find out about Canadians at war and the
contributions made by military personnel and civilians alike in
World War II. Learn about the British Commonwealth Air Training
Plan (BCATP) and its role in Canada's contribution to the
war effort. Find out about Canada's Armed Forces, the homefront as well as air training centres.
Women of Aspenland - Images from Central Alberta
This virtual exhibit explores 100 years of
Western settlement history from a woman's perspective
and includes artifacts and images from Central Alberta Regional
Museums Network (CARMN) members. Individual women and
communities are profiled from the Contact with Aboriginal
People in the Methodist Mission Era through the first part of
the 20th century. Both human and natural history
perspectives are included.
This site showcases projects undertaken by
Alberta children and youth that explore community history,
landscapes and environments. It provides a resource for
teachers desiring to explore the historical, natural,
cultural, scientific and technological heritage through
experiential learning using web resources.
Alberta Heritage Alphabet
This site presents an overview of the
historical, cultural, natural, scientific and technological
heritage of Alberta. Through the letters of the
alphabet, information is presented at three levels for
elementary, secondary and adult learners.