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Western Canada

Alberta
In the Spotlight //

Finding the
First Nations
Alberta's history comes alive

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anada’s aboriginal population—collectively
known as the First Nations—left their cultural
and historical mark on the country long before
the first European settlers arrived. Alberta, in particular,
has a rich First Nations history, with its earliest people
arriving around 8,000 BCE. In the southern part of the
province were Plains Indians such as the Blackfoot, Blood,
and Peigans, who eventually subsisted on Bison hunting,
while in the north, Woodland Cree and the Chipewyan
hunted, trapped, and fished for food. Groups can delve into
Alberta’s First Nations history at various landmarks and
attractions throughout the region.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park

LAND
MARKS Natural Attractions
HEAD-SMASHED-IN BUFFALO JUMP
INTERPRETIVE CENTER
An UNESCO world-heritage site
in the foothills of the Rockies, this
landmark is one of the oldest and bestpreserved buffalo jumps, a method of
hunting practiced by the Plains People
for nearly 6,000 years. An interpretive
center and museum built into an ancient
sandstone cliff at the archeological site
focuses on the Blackfoot peoples, and also offers
visitors tipi camping, educational
workshops, and
special heritage
events throughout the year.

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WRITING-ON-STONE
PROVINCIAL PARK
Preserved in this provincial park is
the largest collection of aboriginal art
in the Great Plains. Marked by towering cliffs and imposing hoodoos, the
area was considered sacred by the
Blackfoot and Shoshone tribes, who
recorded stories there through their
rock carvings and paintings. First
Nations interpreters
offer visitors guided
tours of the area and
explain the origins
of the region’s sacredness. Visitors
can delve deeper
into the park’s significance at the new
visitor center, built in the shape
of a traditional tipi.

BLACKFOOT CROSSING
HISTORICAL PARK
The historical park sits on the former
bison-hunting and gathering ground
of the Siksika and their Blackfoot Confederacy allies. Visitors can immerse
themselves in a First Nations experience
at the park, exploring the remains of an
ancient earthlodge village, watching traditional Blackfoot performances, enjoying craft demonstrations, and sampling
traditional foods.



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Decade in the Books
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