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The Heritage Community Foundation has partnered with l’Institut pour le Patrimoine, Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, to develop a multimedia website on The Oblates in the West.  The project received funding support from the Community Initiatives Program, Alberta Lotteries and the Francophone Secretariat, Alberta Culture and Community Spirit. The website adds valuable new content on Western Canadian settlement history to the Alberta Online Encyclopediawww.albertasource.ca – developed and maintained by the Heritage Community Foundation.

The Oblates in the West is a multimedia website that presents a rich slice of the Francophone heritage in Western Canada with a focus on Alberta.  Themes explored in include:  Missionary Congregation – history in Western Canada with a focus on Alberta; Impact/Contributions made by Oblates in Alberta; and Impact/Contributions of the Oblates in the Francophone Community in Alberta – educational and cultural contributions. The site presents the Francophone religious heritage from the era of the Fur Trade to the mid- twentieth century, and places artifacts and archival documents in a context of meaning.  The project draws on a range of primary and secondary resources found in museum and archival collections and also scholarship nurtured by the Campus Saint-Jean.

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The Heritage Community Foundation is a charitable Trust (Charitable Number: 87082 2541 RR0001) committed to connecting people with heritage. The Foundation developed and maintains the Alberta Online Encyclopedia - www.albertasource.ca.

The Foundation has received recognition for its state-of-the-art programs involving new technology and experiential learning and works with public and private-sector partners. Its primary areas of interest based on its charitable objects are: Educational Resource Creation, Research, Digital Technology and Experiential Learning. All programs link people with place, stories, objects, landscapes, traditions-all of those aspects that define us as individuals and communities.


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