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Experience is something that a person or a group has 'lived.' For many Albertans, identity is often linked to places and events now distant in time and space. For example, 'the terrors of history'-war, persecution, famine and so on, resulted in many people coming to Alberta to reestablish their lives. For the individuals, families and communities living through these hardships, the experience continues to be an important part of life. They often find ways to raise their concerns or provide support for others that will reduce the effects of such hardship or to prevent their repetition.

While the historical experiences that result in people leaving a homeland are often difficult in nature, the experience they carry with them is often an enormous gift to the receiving country and community. Knowledge of academic disciplines, crafts and trades, languages, literature and the arts, science, technology and business are also part of their experience. This experience, both individual and cultural, has both enriched and challenged Alberta as it becomes an increasingly cosmopolitan and pluralistic society.

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