Fonds 197 - Committee for Original Peoples' Entitlement. Oral History Project fonds

"Long Time Ago" A Long Time Ago, Reminisces Story of Beaver and Muskrat; How Rats Came to Crow River Ko Edhan; The Man Without Fire [Pascal Baptiste speaks.] People on a Hill [A Long Time Ago]  Travels in the North with Inuit  Loucheux Story [Christopher Collin] [Johnny Kaye] A Native Voice [Annie Roberts] Peel River Man Killed by a Japanese in Dawson City Story of Samuel (Yi'geelyaa); Peel River Man Living in Moosehide, Yukon. [Andrew Kunnizzi] [William Nerysoo] [A Long Time Ago: Life in the Old Days] COPE - Annie B. Robert; A Long Time Ago [George Robert] Story of Old Lazarus' Life [Lazarus Sittichinli] [Christie Thompson][A Long Time Ago.]
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Committee for Original Peoples' Entitlement. Oral History Project fonds

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  • [196- to 198-] (Creation)
    Committee for Original Peoples' Entitlement. Oral History Project

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661 sound CDs and other materials

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In the 1960s and 1970s, a group of concerned individuals began a project to record the legends and life experiences of the Inuvialuit, Gwich'in (Loucheux) and North Slavey (Hareskin) people. Two of the leaders of this project were Nellie Cournoyea and Oblate priest Father Lemeur. To help finance the project, a deal was arranged with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Inuvik, where Nellie Cournoyea was working. The plan provided a small remuneration for the person interviewed to be paid out when the recording was broadcast. The recordings were intended to be used in various communities as research material for school curriculum, to preserve the legends and life stories of the elders and to help promote native language literacy.

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This fonds consists of 296 reel to reels (original masters) and 678 audio cassettes (original masters) copied to 661 sound CDs (RedBook Audio format - Archival Masters), which contain approximately 1013 oral history recordings and 1.2 meters of transcriptions from the Committee for Original People's Entitlement (COPE). The sound CDs constitute the archival masters. These recordings are in Inuvialuktun, Gwich'in and North Slavey and contain life stories of elders as well as traditional legends. Many of the recordings are part of CBC broadcast programming.

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The recordings are in Inuvialuktun, Gwich'in and North Slavey.

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Materials include 661 sound CD's (Redbook Audio) as archival masters copied from 296 reel to reels (original masters) and 678 audio cassettes (original masters) and 1.2 meters of textual records.


Copyright held by COPE. See accession file for further details.

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