While attention has been focused on Quebec and Francophone
areas of the Atlantic Region, the stories of the Francophone
West have largely been ignored in both popular and official
history. The number of communities with French names, from
Grande Prairie to Bellevue, are evidence of their presence and
contributions. They were explorers such as the La Vérendrye
family, farmers such as Josèph Garneau, businessmen such as the
Révillon brothers as well as clergy such as the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate and the Grey Nuns.
Their hard work and contributions to the making of Alberta
must be documented and explored not only to help educate current
generations of Francophones but also all Albertans and
French place names all over Alberta.