The Alberta HUB region has a one of Alberta’s most multi-cultural landscapes, making it truly unique. In this section, you will learn about the region’s diverse cultures.
First Nations and Métis
Alberta is privileged to have one of the largest, youngest and fastest-growing Aboriginal populations in Canada. Nearly 250,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit people play an important role in the social, cultural and economic fabric of the province. First Nations and Métis communities are a vibrant and valuable part of the Alberta HUB region. There are seven First Nations and Métis communities spread across the region that are home to over 6,000 people.
Four of the Province’s eight Métis Settlements are located in the Alberta HUB region. The eight Alberta settlements form the only constitutionally protected Métis land base in Canada. They comprise 505,102 hectares, much of it covered by forest, pasture and farmland. But there are also a wide variety of businesses and attractions in the communities.
For more detailed information on First Nations and Métis communities in the Alberta HUB region, visit our online community profiles or go directly to their website:
- Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement
- Elizabeth Métis Settlement
- Fishing Lake Métis Settlement
- Kikino Métis Settlement
- Cold Lake First Nations
- Kehewin Cree Nation
- Whitefish Lake First Nation
Stay connected with First Nations and Métis communities by joining the Facebook page:
Alberta Aboriginal Training and Jobs.
Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is an award winning attraction that offers a unique perspective into the personal hardships and triumphs of the Ukrainian immigrants who came to Central Alberta between 1892 and 1930. The Village is located only 3 km east of Elk Island National Park, just 25 minutes east of Edmonton on Hwy 16. This open-air museum houses over 30 historic buildings, complete with role players dressed in period costume. An entire lifestyle is recreated to excite your family’s imagination.
Lac La Biche is a very unique community in many ways including being one of the first European settlements in western Canada. It was first established when David Thompson made his first portage from Beaver Lake down Red Deer Brook and into Lac La Biche.
Lebanese people have been part of Lac La Biche’s history since the late 1800’s, usually traveling through the Portage Lac La Biche on their way to the Arctic to trade with the Aboriginal peoples of the north. In 1905, two young Lebanese peddlers settled in the small community of Lac La Biche to peddle dry goods and trade furs. They became the start of a large and vibrant Lebanese community, which has become integral to the Lac La Biche region.
Father McDonnell, in his capacity as an immigration agent, led a group of Irish immigrants into the northern frontier near St. Paul, Alberta in 1926. They named their new community St. Brides, and, according to historian Merrily Aubrey, they came to establish a colony underwritten by a British benevolent society. The colony of St. Brides is named in honour of St. Bridget, who, along with St. Patrick, was one of the two patron saints of Ireland.
The Irish influence in the area was further underlined by the Celtic School District, which was established in 1929 to educate the area’s children. And if you travel nine kilometres north of St. Bride’s, you’ll find Cork, which was settled nearly 15 years earlier and named after the city in Ireland.