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2009 Conference: Alberta’s Cultural Communities, A Diverse History

A special conference Alberta’s Cultural Communities, A Diverse History is being planned for 29-31 May 2009, in Calgary, Alberta. The conference is sponsored by the Historical Society of Alberta and the Chinook Country Historical Society.

The conference organizing committee is seeking research presentations including, but not limited to, the following aspects of this broad historical topic:

  • Industries or businesses with special cultural relevance or involvement
  • Unique cultural settlement patterns and/or forms of architecture, or the impact of ethnic groups in the shaping of Alberta’s main streets
  • Arrival & adapation to Alberta or the eastern slope
  • Education, social service, language and political history as it relates to one or more cultural communities
  • The process of identifying traditional land use and historically significant First Nations sites
  • Biographies
  • Artistic contributions (visual, literary or performing) of culturally identifiable individuals or groups
  • Relationships and inter-relationships among ethnic groups, or between ethnic groups and “mainstream” culture(s) or industries
  • Cooperation, conflict or confrontation

The organizing commitee is calling for papers now, for a deadline of 15 October 2008.


Illustration by slides, overheads or PowerPoint is encouraged. The possibility of future publication of conference papers to further disseminate this aspect of Alberta’s history is being considered.

Although all papers will be presented at the conference hotel, tours of culturally significant historic sites in the Calgary (Chinook Country) area will be included in the three-day conference program.

Send submissions or questions to:

Alberta’s Cultural Communities
c/o Trudy Cowan, Coordinator
205 - 30 Discovery Ridge Close SW
Calgary AB, T3H 5X5
Phone: 403-984-8185

Posted: 6 August 2008

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