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Recommended Websites




Alberta: How the West Was Won
Learn about archeology & pre-contact; first nations & metis; fur trade & mission history. A dynamic site from the Heritage Community Foundation.

The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
Access to historical Alberta materials such as local histories and newspapers

Alberta: Home, Home on the Range
Traces the settlement of Alberta by various cultural groups such as Ukrainian, Chinese, and Scandinavian, and follows the development of communities such as Camrose. Find out what it was like to live on a homestead or ranch in the early 1900s.

Alberta's Political History
Find out about the political process in Alberta, history of political parties, events that have shaped our political climate, and the determined men and women who have advocated for change. The Alberta Online Encyclopedia
An encyclopedia with an Albertan focus. Find articles about topics such as Alberta’s Francophone heritage, history of immigration, and famous legal cases. Click on Index to see the complete list of resources, or search by topic, audio, video, or images.

Place Names of Alberta
All four volumes of the popular book series online.
Information about names of communities, geographical regions, and special areas.

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CIA World Fact Book
Current information about statistics on population, people, government, economy, as well as flags and maps.

InfoPlease - Countries of the World
Find statistics and information by country from InfoPlease almanac.

Outline Maps
From Houghton Mifflin, publisher of educational textbooks.

BBC Country Profiles
An instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

National Geographic - Travel and Culture
Search for articles, maps, facts, figures, and photos on countries around the world.

Atlas of Canada
Detailed maps on topics such as the environment, people and society, and climate change.

Atlapedia Online
Maps A-Z.




Current Events

The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives: find out where the works of over 8000 different fine artists can be viewed online.

Have a closer look at the masterpieces of the Louvre in self-guided virtual tours.

American Museum of Natural History
Explore multimedia exhibits on topics.

Royal Ontario Museum
Click on Collections to view the online image gallery of ROM collections. Search by subject or collection areas.

Smithsonian Institution
Browse the collection of this museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and a zoo.

Virtual Museum of Canada
Celebrates the stories and treasures that have come to define Canada over the centuries. Features over 500 virtual exhibits and 630,000 images in many subject areas from Canadian museums.

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Globe and Mail
Articles, blogs, interviews, polls

Articles, news, streaming video, podcasts, RSS feeds

CBC News Archives
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's extensive online archives include radio and video excerpts.

CTV News
Articles, blogs, streaming video.

Google News
Use the search engine Google to search for news

National Post
Articles, blogs, polls, interviews.





The Academy of Achievement
Biographies of famous achievers in the areas of arts, business, public service, science and exploration, sports. Lots of inspiring interviews and quotations. Photos, audio and video clips.
Art and Entertainment’s 25,000 greatest lives, History.

Biographical Dictionary
Covers more than 33,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.

Canadian Scientists
Search the database of Canadian scientists by occupation or area. Read biographies about Nobel Laureates such as Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin. Read about the Person, the Story, and the Science.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography 
Currently provides information on famous Canadians "who died between the years 1000 and 1920 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years."

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  Canada: A People's History 
Take a journey through the past. Learn about Canada's story through the eyes of the people who lived it. Based on the award-winning TV series on CBC.

Famous Five: Heroes for Today
Chronicles the lives & achievements of five visionary women from Alberta who fought for the recognition of women as persons in the "Persons' Case". A comprehensive site from the Heritage Community Foundation.

Multnomah County Library - History
A comprehensive index of web resources on significant periods in history.

On This Day
Read about past historical events by date.
From New York Times

Passageways: True Tales of Adventure for Young Explorers
Travel back in time over a thousand years and meet men and women who explored the many regions of Canada. Some of their adventures will amaze you, others you may find revolting, and some you may not believe! From the National Library of Canada.

This Day in History
Search by date in categories such as Literary, Disaster, World WarII. Video footage. From the History Channel.

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Law & Government

About Canada
Find out about our parliamentary system, facts & history, people, economy, climate & geography, environment, nature & natural resources, science & technology, arts & culture, and more.

Canada E-Book (Statisitcs Canada) 
Excellent online book that has sections on The Land, The People and The Economy of Canada. Great for geography projects!

A fabulous Canadian history site featuring news, games, interactive timeline and features.

Statistics Canada - Learning Resources

National and provincial data, community profiles, and historical statistics that reflect how Canadians’ lives and priorities have changed over the years.

Symbols of Canada 
Learn about the history of the flag, the maple leaf, the arms of Canada, national colors, and the national anthem.

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Alberta Legislature
The homepage of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Citizen's Guide to the Alberta Legislature
Answers to all your questions about how our provincial government works.

Government of Alberta
The homepage of the Alberta government.

Premiers of Alberta
Biographies of premiers of Alberta, past and present. From the Legislature Library.

Strathcona County
Find info about the mayor and the councilor who represents your ward. Learn about departments, bylaws, and upcoming events.



Explore the Hill 
Take a virtual tour of Parliament Hill

First Among Equals: The Prime Minister in Canadian Life and Politics 
Click on "Profiles" to get quick facts and terrific biographical info about each Prime Minister. There is also a really good kid's version of this page.

Government of Canada 
The homepage of the Government of Canada.

Parliament of Canada 
The homepage of Canada's Parliament.

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