ALHI’s Oral History Project is one of the prime ways in which we preserve and publicize the stories of Alberta’s working people and their organizations. All working people have a story to tell, no matter what their occupation, their role as homemakers, union leaders or political organizers, or whether they had the misfortune to be injured at work or become unemployed. Nobody can tell this story better than the people who actually experienced working life.
This is why ALHI has been interviewing workers, community members and activists across the province as a part of our on-going efforts to preserve labour history. The voices of dozens of Albertans who have played a vital role in working class history have been captured on videotape, and typed transcripts of these interviews are available on this website for you to download. You will also find links to these interviews in the Timeline, Map and Themes sections of this website. Or, click here for a complete list of interview transcripts.
(Note: Many of the transcripts have been edited slightly for readability; others appear in their original form.)
In addition to offering full transcripts of our oral history interviews, we have extracted short video clips from some of them so that you can hear bits of the stories and insights workers have to offer in their own voices. Listen to workers talk about…
…events and people that have inspired them. (click to view clip)
…building the union through struggle. (click to view clip)
…building solidarity with other workers. (click to view clip)
…the impact of workplace injury and death on families and communities (click to view clip)
…creating and maintaining a safe workplace. (click to view clip)
…management efforts to increase productivity and decrease workers’ control of their work. (click to view clip)
…encountering globalization at the workplace and in the community. (click to view clip)
…challenging anti-labour legislation. (click to view clip)
…confronting racism within the workplace. (click to view clip)
…fighting for equality and respect within a union. (click to view clip)
…giving workers a voice through the union. (click to view clip)
Do you know somebody who should be interviewed as a part of our Oral History Project? Please email us.
Note to researchers: the ALHI transcripts are presented in an edited format.
If you would like to access an unedited transcript for research purposes
please email us.
You can also contact us at:
18613-99A Avenue T5T 3J6
phone: (780) 487-4450
fax: (780) 487-4451