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Website probes history of multicultural Alberta
Edmonton Journal, September 30th, 2003
By Ryan Cormier

(Copyright Edmonton Journal 2003)

EDMONTON - The Heritage Community Foundation is exploring the development of Alberta's provincial identity in an exhaustive new Web site -- and it's looking at 57 ethnic groups and more than 100 years of immigration to do so.

On Monday, the foundation launched Albertans: Who Do They Think They Are?, an interactive site that focuses on how population diversity contributed to Alberta's identity.

At its core, the site provides profiles of 57 ethnic groups in the province.

The foundation is a charitable trust established by the Alberta Museums Association in 1999 to promote provincial heritage.

Alberta's Minister of Community Development, Gene Zwozdesky, noted Monday that last year, less than 10 per cent of the populations of Edmonton and Calgary were of English or French descent -- compared with the Canadian average of 31 per cent.

The site, designed for use in classrooms and to educate people around the world about Alberta, also touches on darker aspects of Alberta's history, such as racist immigration policies.

The Web site is at www.abheritage.ca/albertans/

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