- Book of 208 pages
- Format de 8,25 x 9,875 inches
- Flexible binding
- Approximately 200 photos of archives
- ISBN 978-2-922668-90-2
- Cet ouvrage est aussi paru en français sous le titre Les francophones de l'Alberta (978-2-89634-89-8).
The “100 ans noir sur blanc” collection, published by Les Éditions GID, is a photographic narrative of Quebec that also makes room for special editions about the history of the Francophones of Canada from 1860 to 1960. As a pictorial and textual chronicle of French Canadian history, each work trains a unique lens onto a not-so-distant past with a view to keeping alive its memory.
The year 2005 coincides with a most noteworthy anniversary – the Alberta centennial – which celebrates the creation of a province that in large part owes to the work of Francophones. However, the French presence in Western Canada far predates 1905 and indeed stretches back to the era of the European explorers – to a time when the earliest non-Aboriginal visitors to these far-off lands either originated in France or were in the employ of its king or Church. For these men, French was their first language of communication – be this in the form of narratives of discovery, reports to Church superiors, or the day-to-day transactions of French Canadian and Métis voyageurs and coureurs de bois. Indeed, it may be said that the first notes of a new and long-lasting plainsong were struck in French.
French is alive and well in today’s Alberta, and a great many of the province’s Francophones are deeply committed to perpetuating this rich heritage and vehicle of culture passed down to them from ancestors bearing such names as Lamoureux, Rousseau, Lemarchand, Doucet, Loiselle, Faucher, Dominique, Dallaire, Monette, Coutu, Maisonneuve and L’Heureux, to name but a few.
By assembling this collection of photographs culled from various archival holdings throughout the province – many of them previously unpublished – the author has been animated by a desire to pay homage to the French-speaking men and women who have left their imprint on the history of Alberta. And through her research, she has strived to contribute to the necessary, ongoing restoration of Franco-Albertan memory.
- Kermoal, NathalieAutre(s) oeuvre(s) de l'auteur
Nathalie Kermoal est professeure à l’École des études autochtones et au campus Saint-Jean de l’Université de l’Alberta. Elle détient un doctorat en histoire de l’Université d’Ottawa. Ses recherches portent surtout sur les Métis de l’Ouest canadien, sur l’art autochtone ainsi que sur les francophones de l’Alberta.
The author, Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, teaches history at the Faculté Saint-Jean, the University of Alberta’s French-language faculty, where she is conducting research into the history of Métis women. This year, moreover, she will be publishing a work on this subject entitled Un passé métis au féminin, again in collaboration with Les Éditions GID.