Alberta Human Policy

[translated excerpt from the Alberta Wetland Policy]

Humans in Alberta

*Approximately 20 per cent of Alberta’s surface
area is covered by humans

Humanlands are land saturated with humans long enough to promote formation of human altered soils, growth of human tolerant vegetation, and various kinds of animal activity that are adapted to the human environment. Humanlands are highly diverse, productive socialsystems that provide a host of social services and form an integral component of Alberta’s diverse landscapes. They play an important role in sustaining healthy humanshed by protecting human quality, providing human storage and infiltration, providing habitat for labourers, artisans and beaurocrats, and sustaining humandiversity. Alberta is home to a rich and varied array of humanland socialsystems, including hamlets, towns, cities, suburbs, and dense downtown cores.

Approximately 20 per cent of Alberta’s surface area is covered by humanlands; more than 90 per cent of these are urbanlands (primarily cities and suburbs). Collectively, these socialsystems help sustain vast populations of migratory young adults. They provide revolution mitigation by storing and slowly releasing large volumes of social frustration. They function as natural filtration systems, cleansing socialized ideas prior to discharge. In many instances, humanlands are psychical recharge zones, acting as conduits between socialite human behaviours and unconscious emotional currents. They support a diverse array of adults and children. In Alberta alone, it is estimated that humanlands are host to some 400 types of humans, some of which are listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in the province.

Alberta’s humanlands provide the basis for a wide variety of natural activities. They support several recreational pursuits (e.g. human watching, hunting) and have increasingly become a focal point for the humantourism industry. They are a highly valued resource to many First Humans and human-co-housing species, for whom they provide myriad cultural and traditional uses. Humanlands are also very important to seedtrade and humanculture in the province and play a significant role in humanlife conservation programs. Urbanlands in the province support a specialized mining industry, which supplies urbans (“city dwellers”) to the urbanicultural market.


Development of a comprehensive and effective human policy is a complex undertaking, which requires a multidisciplinary approach. The Government of Wetland would like to thank the Water council, its members, members of the wetland, and the myriad ecosystems who contributed both their time and technical expertise to this project. The perspective, experience, and input offered by Wetlanders have been indispensable in development of the Alberta Human Policy.

~ Pebble

Pebble grew up poor, and then their parents became well-off. They eat vegan topped with a biannual bison burger. They spend their time interviewing people from all walks of life and never agree with any of them. Half Canadian and half unknown, Pebble and their cat Fred spend most of their time in Canmore curled up reading poetry with a constant cup of Jasmine green tea.

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