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The Heritage Community Foundation has created a number of historical websites including some focused on the Francophone heritage of Alberta from the era of the fur trade to the present. These websites provide complementary information to the Oblates in the West Website and include the following...

Métis in Alberta

Métis in Alberta
The Métis in the province have kept strong and resilient, united by a unique past. In 1982, the Métis were acknowledged as an Aboriginal People in the Constitution, and, today, they continue to be known for their independence and their contributions to the Canadian mosaic. Explore this fully bilingual website to learn more about the rich history and the culture and life ways of a nation that has helped shape this province into what it is today.

Methodist Missionaries In Alberta

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.

St. Vincent and St. Paul

St. Vincent and St. Paul
The fur trade era brought Francophone fur traders to northern Alberta, giving birth to Métis communities. Missionary orders, such as the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, came next, followed by settlers who made permanent homes on the plains. Explore the history of the Métis as grounded in the history and dynamics of two of Alberta's most prominent French communities, St. Vincent and St. Paul, in this fully bilingual website.

The Missionary Oblates

For the Life of the World: The Missionary Oblates
This site explores the 19th Century French missionary order that still serves in Aboriginal communities in Western and Northern Canada. Learn more about the vocation of these early missionaries by exploring three photographically rich online exhibits.

The Missionary Oblates

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.

The Missionary Oblates

Francophone Edmonton Online – Edmonton’s Francophone Heritage
The French presence in what became Alberta goes back to the earliest period of the fur trade. Edmonton was the heart of that presence. This website documents and explores Edmonton’s unique, historic role as Western Canada’s second-largest Francophone city (next to Saint-Boniface, Manitoba). Discover Francophone Edmonton through the pages of this dynamic website.


Other Resources

Oblate Communications – The Official Site of the General Administration of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, http://www.omiworld.org/

Mission Oblates of Mary Immaculate Australia Website,
http://www.oblates.com.au/index.php?page=1, retrieved May 6, 2009.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Assumption Province, Canada Website,
http://www.omiap.org/, retrieved May 6, 2009.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate United States Website, http://www.oblatesusa.org/default.aspx, retrieved May 6, 2009; Oblate World Map: Click Here; Mission Work: Click Here

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate United States Province Website, http://www.omiusa.org/

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Assumption Province, Canada: http://www.omiap.org/, retrieved May 6th, 2009.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate United States Website, http://www.oblatesusa.org/About.aspx?path=root/momi/About/Mission&section=missionretrieved May 6, 2009.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate United States Website, http://www.oblatesusa.org/About.aspx?path=root/momi/About/Mission&section=mission, retrieved May 6, 2009.

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