Important to know

Update for First Nations Consultation

Overview

The culture, history and traditions of Indigenous people are an important part of Alberta’s heritage. Staff work with Indigenous communities to help preserve and protect cultural heritage sites by:

  • evaluating proposed developments and identify when consultation about traditional use sites is needed
  • engaging with Indigenous communities to help record and protect cultural heritage / traditional use sites – see staff regions (PDF, 590 KB)
  • providing community outreach
  • helping with initiative funding for project led by Indigenous communities and groups
  • creating and administering government policies
  • participating in consultation regarding cultural heritage sites

Traditional use sites

The Historical Resources Act, defines and offers regulatory protection to thousands of Indigenous traditional use sites throughout the province. Some common types of sites recorded include:

  • historic cabins and cabin remains
  • cultural or historical community camp sites
  • historic settlements and homesteads
  • unregistered grave sites, burials and cemeteries
  • ceremonial sites and spiritual sites
  • ceremonial plant or mineral gathering sites
  • historic trail features
  • historic sites
  • sweat, thirst and fasting lodges
  • oral history sites

Contact

To connect with the Aboriginal Heritage Section:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2300 (in Alberta)
Toll free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Fax: 780-427-3956
Email: aboriginal.heritage@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Old St. Stephen's College
8820–112th Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2P8