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Colville Lake
N-2001-002: 08904 · Item · 1964
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Colville Lake. Lucy Ann & Wilfred [John "B-John"] Kochon 1964 [by Christmas tree. Wilfred wears rabbit-fur jacket].

Reel # 43
N-2001-002: 13138 · Item · [1956-1965]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #43
1600’ Original film

  • E.-3 Inuvik: Father Brown in his speedboat.
  • Colville Lake: mission in summer from the Lake
  • Colville: winter: mission, church, lodge
  • Father Brown in church working: Charlie Masuzumi putting up stars
  • Dup: Father Brown paints first madonna.
  • Church logs in the Lake: church up to fifth log
  • Levelling the church footings, mixing cement, pouring forms.
  • First logs in place, five logs up: raise steeple legs.
  • Setting the plate log: first roof rafters.
  • Sheeting the roof, sheeting the steeple with aluminum shingles.
  • Raising the steeple: trimming log ends.
  • The mission & church in winter.
  • F.J. Brownings saw mill: Fort Simpson Father H. Posset O.M.I.
  • Camping along the Mackenzie River: native [Dene?] tent camps.
  • Fort Wrigley, Rocher Clark
  • Colville: moving the big tent Aug 31, 1962
  • Sheeting the mission roof, shingling, steeple - Paul Cotchilly
  • Father Brown trimming steeple supports, painting steeple cross.
  • Raising the steeple: the finished mission.
  • Raising the ridge pole: nailing roof rafters.
  • Raising the antenna poles, trimming rafter ends (ceiling)
  • Placing rafters fish house,
  • Father Brown watches workers nailing roofing mission,
  • Father Brown & five white pups:
  • Pulling a net set under ice: kids playing native ball (eyati)
  • On the Slave River: Aquinas boys, two canoes: Fort Fitzgerald.
  • Camping Athabaska Delta.. Frank Wratni washing pants.
  • With geese, jackfish, reeds store
  • Fort Providence: scenes of mission interior.
  • Fort Smith: scenes, relaunching canoe at Belle [Bell] Rock.
  • Stop at Fort Resolution: camp on Dead Man’s Island.
  • Hary [Hay] River: natives outside church: arrival (Fr. [Father] Loquat)
  • Fort Providence: meeting Father Alexis Robin, & Lusson O.M.I.
  • Fort McMurray snye, loading canoe, on the Athabaska River
  • Wood Buffalo Park Hay Camp, buffalo, dog corral: Ed Olson.
Reel # 42
N-2001-002: 13137 · Item · [ca. 1959 or 1961]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #42
950’ Original:

Blessing of new cathedral: Fort Smith

Reel # 44
N-2001-002: 13139 · Item · [1959-1964]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 44
850’ Original footage

  • Colville Lake: Kochon spring camp delta, Alfred Saiten, Sharon Kochon
  • Philip Codzi Sr. makes canoe: Marguerite Codzi canvassing.
  • Antoine Codzi repairs his canoe
  • Spring camp on Ketaniahtue
  • Edward Oudzi, Philip & Dora Codzi paddling their canoe.
  • Fleshing beaver: Mary Barnaby? Madeline & Verona Pascal.
  • Beaver skins: Bertha Tinatchie: Mary Barnaby
  • Charlie Masuzumi stretches rats
  • The Kochon family arrive by dog packs in June.
  • Joseph Codzi arrives with dog packs: Codzis & Johnny Blancho in canoes.
  • Mary Codzi & pups
  • Litter of mission pups
  • Charlie Masuzumi’s white pups with Sharon & Millie Gully
  • Adele Edzai & her husband’s old dog
  • Gene Oudzi gets a sled load of fire wood in summer
  • Dodzi family bring canoe load of firewood: fireweed.
  • Kids on the giant step and swimming, Betty & Lucy Ann Barnaby on porch
  • Nurse Florence Emmott arrives by float plane.
  • B John leads Alfred Saiten to annual treaty paid on mission porch.
  • Summer game day: canoe races, sack races etc.
  • Drying whitefish at Mitzermonchontin: Ethlole and Baptistine
  • Madeline Codzi, Verona Pascal, Adele Adzari at Mitzerchontin.
  • Charlie Masuzumi builds his cabin: Nora: fire in muskeg near Dedeleteme.
  • Berry-picking picnic Sailakenini: baby Robert Kochon.
  • Store freight arriving: raft of firewood: eyati ball game
  • Kids leave for school: CF-OMI picks up Masuzumi boys
  • Fall fishing from the Loon: putting stick fish on the mission stage.
  • Dene (Antoine Kochon?) & swan: J. B. Gully, Joe Oudzi & moose.
  • The Loon takes the Codzi family to the bush in fall (Ontadun ?)
  • Kochons leave with dog packs in fall: Martin launches canoe fall.
Reel # 27
N-2001-002: 13127 · Item · [1958-1962]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #27
1100’ Original film (some scotch tape splices)

Scenes around Fort McMurray 1958-62)

  • Fort McMurray in winter: aerial view
  • Church hospital : convent : grotto
  • Moving the warehouse (bought by Harpes)
  • Brother Guerin: girls wash parish pickup
  • Mixing cement for the virgin statue pediment.
  • Grey Nuns decorating the shrine, its fountain working
  • Father Brown with horse Tonka and boy scouts
  • St. John’s school yard, kids playing
  • School auditorium: altar boys initiation rites.
  • Srs. Marie Poliot & Josie Kergoat pick berries
  • The Grey Nuns clean up McDonalds cabin
  • Father Brown and litter of pups
  • Driving his team on the frozen Athabaska River.
  • Father Brown brings in a moose he shot with his team
  • Brother Vincent Cadoret and F.B. [Father Brown] visit nets set in Athabaska R. [River]
  • George Sanderson loading his rifle
  • The July 1st sports day: prairie
  • Waterways: N.T.C.L. & H.B.C. shipyards
  • Fall pullout of boats & barges: Radium Scout - NTCL
  • Flood near Nar Horse Creek
  • Waterways: buildings (taped splices)
  • Northern Alberta railroad depot: Waterways: steam engine
  • McMurray airport
  • R.C.A.F. chopper to Stoney Mountain Mid-Canada line
  • Anzac: mass & baptism: porch of John Warings cabin: Father Brown
  • Chief Napesis Cree: team & wagon
  • Digging potatoes in mission field (700 bags)
  • Father Brown and Mayrath car
  • Brother Cadoret mends a net
Reel # 34
N-2001-002: 13132 · Item · [1960-1962]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 34
700’Original film

  • Fort McMurray snye, launching the big boy canoe.
  • Trip down the Athabaska River: stop at Reeds store to gas.
  • Camping on the shore of Lake Athabaska, fish, ducks.
  • The [Fort] Fitzgerald portage
  • The Fort Smith cathedral
  • Wood Buffalo Park, Hay Camp, dog camp.
  • Relaunching the canoe at Belle [Bell] Rock
  • Fort Resolution stop
  • Camp on Dead Man’s Island.
  • Hay River Indian Village [Kátł'odeeche First Nation]: Fr. [Father] Loquat, departure.
  • Fort Providence: the mission, Frs. Robin & Lusson
  • On the Mackenzie: F.J. Brownings sawmill
  • Fort Simpson: Fr. [Father] H. Posset takes the mail in the rain
  • Camp on Birch Island
  • Fort Wrigley & people.

Fort Norman (duplicate film)

  • Tour of the town
  • The old and new church (original film ?)
  • Tour inside the old church
  • Father Brown celebrates high mass
  • Reloading the canoe, Hamar Nelson
  • Norman Wells - a panorama
  • The P.W.A. Beaver (pilot Keniston)
Reel # 36
N-2001-002: 13134 · Item · [1960-1963]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 36
1000’ Original footage

  • Colville: setting first tent Aug. 1962
  • Making the plan, cutting brush: girls lay spruce bough tent floor
  • Aquinas boys washing on the dock: arrival of Beaver CF-OMI
  • Father Brown working on privy: levelling mission floor joices [joists]
  • Unloading gravel and pouring cement footing of new mission.
  • Aquinas boys return from fishing
  • The three native [Dene] cooks: Sarah Kochon, Monique Cotchilly, Alice Gully
  • Mass in the big tent (double footage) end of August snow fall.
  • Bringing in golere (dry poles) with Charlie Masuzumis boat.
  • Bob Engle unloads his Single Otter at the dock
  • Father Brown marking logs with scribe: Louis Oudzi.
  • Agnes Oudzi and Wilfred Kochon hold the mission plaque
  • The mission up to the fourth log.
  • Father Brown trimming log ends, the plate log, boys bring in net.
  • Insulating the fish house: Father Brown builds the steeple
  • Brian & Frank catching losche (ligne cod) [loche, ling cod] with set line.
  • Putting up stick fish on the stage (duplicate)
  • Nailing the rubberoid roof shingles.
  • Original film: plate log on fish house, snow on ground.
  • Dup film: back of the mission, setting in windows.
  • Painting log ends, making the mission porch railing
  • Orig.: continuing making the porch railings: Lucy Ann Barnaby.
  • Setting the plaque in the front porch wall
  • Laying pink fiberglass under the mission floor.
  • Father Brown laying plywood flooring, painting it.
  • Father Brown in the shop making drawers, chairs, etc.
  • Working on the chapel altar, ladder to attic.
  • Dup: the mission complete from outside.
Reel # 29
N-2001-002: 13129 · Item · [1960-1962]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 29
1500’Original film

Taken around Fort Smith, N.W.T. 1961

  • Visit of T.R. Mere G. Leduc S.G.M. Superior General of Grey Nuns
    Also Mere L. Elie S.G.M. her assistant

  • DC-3 lands: entourage to St. Annes hospital

  • The new cathedral : celebrant Gilles Mousseau OMI

  • Visit of mother general by dog team to local Indian [Dene and/or Cree] families

  • Dec. 8th visit to St. Joseph’s cathedral

  • High mass: Msgr. P. Fallaize: Bishop Piche: J. Turcotte: C. Gilles

  • St. Anne’s hospital: S.G.M. staff & patients

  • Sister’s chapel: kitchen: dining room. Sr. Marie Poliot S.G.M.

  • Father Leon Mokwa O.M.I. - Superior

  • Children in school (federal day school)

  • Grey Nuns sewing room : laundry

  • The Grey Nuns community dancing !

  • Farewell to mother general: Dec. 11, 1961- Fort Smith airport DC-3

  • July 1st parade

  • Governor General Vanier and Superior General Leo Deschatalets O.M.I. arrive on mission aircraft at Bell Rock: greeting by all the Oblates

  • Foyer Grandin: the Oblates on the front steps

  • The cathedral interior: stations of the cross etc.

  • Confirmations by Bishop Paul Piche

  • Choir boys at Foyer Granding [Grandin]: Father Marc Barrier O.M.I.

  • School play in their auditorium

  • Superior General Deschatalets receives the Oblate Brothers

  • Superior General leaves in the mission Beaver.

Local scenes around Fort Smith

  • The hospital patients: Sr. Josie Kergoat S.G.M.
  • R.C.M.P. compound & barracks :
  • The Indian village [Salt River First Nation?]
  • Pelican rapids: H.B.C. store: people
  • Father Leon Mokwa O.M.I. arrives by skiff
  • Deschatalets leaves in the mission Beaver.
Reel # 37
N-2001-002: 13135 · Item · [1960-1969, predominant 1962?]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 37
1400’ best original footage.

  • Colville Lake from the air August 1962
  • Unloading the PWA Beaver: first trip in: first shore fire.
  • Setting first tent: cutting brush: Father Brown makes the plan.
  • Building the dock: skidding logs & barking them.
  • Hare Indian [Sahtu Dene] girls bring in spruce boughs for tent floor.
  • Hauling gravel by boat: arrival of CF-OMI: digging the privy
  • Aquinas boys bring in jackfish: three girls cooking
  • Mass in the tent : mixing & pouring cement
  • Father Brown levelling the missions floor joices [joists].
  • Bob Engels arrived with freight in his Single Otter aircraft
  • Father Brown scribing logs, cutting: mission dogs tied at bank.
  • Hauling in dry spruce: tea break in the tent: mission up 5 logs.
  • Raising roof rafter in the fish house
  • Agnes Oudzi and Wilfred Kochon & mission plaque.
  • Raising the plate log
  • Inside placing the ceiling rafters.
  • A rainbow, August snow storm.
  • Brian & Frank fishing off 18’ canoe, set lines, gill net.
  • Father Brown builds the steeple
  • Dup- sheeting & shingling the roof.
  • Cutting in the windows : painting log ends.
  • Building the fish stage: stick fish: freight for the store.
  • Father Brown builds porch railing: places mission name plate.
  • Inside: laying the insulation under flooring.
  • Shop: Father Brown building drawers, bunks, chair, altar.
  • Painting the Madonna of the Snows for the mission chapel

Building the church: original film:

  • Cutting brush on the church site: Charles Codzi: Luke Tinatchie
  • Father Brown building 1st Loon & launching.
  • Log boom at Wekata: skidding logs up on to the church site.
  • Laying out the church foundation
  • Peeling logs: mixing cement & pouring.
  • First log: Richard McNeely, John Blancho Jr., Wilfred Kochon
  • Raising the four steeple legs, the Loon hauling golere.
  • Up 11 logs: tea break aboard the Loon: logs floating near Wekata.
  • The plate logs: roof rafters, sheeting the church roof.
  • Father Brown builds the steeple, raising it, shingling
  • Trimming & painting log ends: insulating, windows, cement steps.
  • Father Brown making benches altar vestment cases.
  • A/BP Pignadoli blesses church. Raising bell, congregation, panorama
Reel # 38
N-2001-002: 13136 · Item · [1962-1967]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 38
900’ Original footage [25 minutes]

Colville Lake:

  • Winter: panorama: all the R.C. buildings
  • Father Brown at his desk, shop making a "thlukwa", ptarmigan.
  • Pups Sampson & Delilah eating ptarmigan
  • Father Brown harnessing his team and leaves with wood sled.
  • Father Brown at wood lot 1968 (taken by John Foster C.B.C.)
  • Father Brown returns with firewood.
  • Father Brown leaves with team hitched to a toboggan.
  • Visiting net set under ice: the fish pit: Charles Codzi
  • Father Brown builds an igloo.
  • The five frozen wolves killed with strychnine at Aubrey Lake.
  • Christmas party at the mission:
  • Father Brown & team travelling: the caribou hunt north.
  • Panorama : R.C. buildings, glare ice, freeze up.
  • Spring: tree swallows
  • Building and launching the "Loon"- 1963
  • The Loon crossing the lake: litter of 3-month old pups
  • Building the first lodge: 1965
  • Outpost: sodding the roof of the first lodge.
  • Fire off s. [south] end of the airport: Father Brown on D-4 cat.
  • Mass in the mission chapel: a baptism
  • Mass at the cemetery
  • At outpost breaking ice with the Loon in fall.
  • Moose: fall fishing off the Loon: Father Brown & Charlie Masuzumi
  • Bro. Roger Mahe O.M.I. on dock with wheelbarrow of fish.
  • Dog Samson eating a whitefish.
  • Freezeup: pulling the Loon out for winter.
Reel # 25
N-2001-002: 13126 · Item · [October – November 1961]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 25
700’ Original film

The building of the A frame log church at Nahanni Butte Oct. 1961

  • Fort Simpson: aerial view: ground view

  • The grotto: St. Margaret’s Hospital: the church

  • The hockey rink (Fr. [Father] Lesage)

  • The mission barns, chickens, Brothers

  • The Mackenzie River running ice in fall (Oct)

  • Fr. Henry Posset OMI: Fort Simpson Trading Co. Store

  • Lapointe Hall School: Grey Nuns & children

  • Flight up to Nahanni Butte with Dick Turner Super Cub [airplane]

  • The Scandinavian’s willow canoe

  • Old Slavey [Dene person] making a birch toboggan

  • Village life: tanning moose hide.

  • The school & pupils

  • Father Brown measures the logs for the church

  • First span of church raised

  • Sheeting roof, raising four steeple logs.

  • Side walls: five logs up (43 ft logs)

  • Project snowed on, Father Brown builds the steeple

  • Insulating logs with fiberglass

  • Painting log ends white & trim.

  • After the first mass: Fr. [Father] Posset flies in,

Job took 23 working days
This film has blackboard titles.

Reel # 31
N-2001-002: 13131 · Item · [1956-1959]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #31
Original film

  • 1959 leaving McMurray snye in 22' canoe with Brother P. Latreille
  • Passing NTCL barges: Mildred Lake project: Fort McKay
  • Passing various cabins, tents : Father George Begin O.M.I.
  • Father Brown & Phillip Stenne, duck hunt delta of Athabaska R. [River]
  • Bagging geese: bald ? eagle
  • Camsell Portage: repairing the roof of the mission
  • Philip Stenne's fishing boat: Mike Powder in skiff.
  • The R.C.M. [RCMP] flag over mission St. Bernard: Felix Powder repairs boat
  • Father Brown & geese at Morris Point.
  • Port Radium: Echo Bay Mine from the air.
  • [Fort] McMurray: the outside virgin's shrine
  • Father Brown saying mass in the cathedral Fort Smith
  • In the big boy freighter canoe (light leaks)
  • Philip & Mary Stenne by camp fire (light leaks)
Reel # 35
N-2001-002: 13133 · Item · [1973?-1975]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 35
800’Original film

  • Cessna CF-SLA : Margaret sweeps snow off
  • Margaret driving dogs: Jason in the lead (1973 ?)
  • Ruth Mark, April
  • [CF-SLA] SLA on skis: water on the ice.
  • Margaret on cross country skis: tree swallows
  • Father Brown : Bill Swimmer [Schwimmer] on Folendu Island: arctic terns
  • The cemetery at Kongarawelini: shore lunch for fishermen.
  • The outpost: B.W.B. painting boats spring.
  • The boat "Loon" at outpost dock.
  • Jim & Agnes Kelly at outpost.
  • Father Tom Brown & Bob Temmerman (and son)
  • Outpost: fishing for pike & grayling.
  • SLA [CF-SLA] at the dock: the Paulatuk tent camp May.
  • Margaret casting for char at Rummy Lake (near Paulatuk)
  • Fort Confidence: the chimneys [Great Bear Lake]
  • The trading post (and mission?) at Dease River, G.B. [Great Bear] Lake
Reel # 28
N-2001-002: 13128 · Item · [1954-1959]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 28
700’Original film

Taken at Fort Smith

Installation of new bishop Paul Piche OMI

  • Mission plane : Beaver CF-OMI landing at Bell Rock (?)
  • Bishop elect Paul Piche landing
  • Procession of all Oblates to the old cathedral
  • High mass: Bishop Piche celebrant
  • The Grey Nuns choir in the loft
  • The banquet in the hospital refectory
  • Local natives [Indigenous people, probably Chipewyan and/or Cree] looking at construction work on new cathedral
  • The new bishop meets the people
  • St. Joseph cathedral under construction
  • The Oblate brother building St. Anne’s Hospital
  • First communion class in the completed new cathedral
  • Entertainment by pupils in the school auditorium
Reel # 30
N-2001-002: 13130 · Item · [1951?-1960]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 30
800’Original film

From Fort Smith to Fort Franklin

  • Fort Smith: the grotto: candlelight procession
  • Fort Fitzgerald: unloading H.B.C. barge
  • The Fitz [Fort Fitzgerald] mission, church & Fr. [Father] Napoleon Lafferty’s shrine
  • Brother Medard Latreille sits in the dog wagon
  • Frs. Lafferty, Roussel (Theodore) Lemeur (Robert) Latreille
  • [Fort] Smith: fork lift working in the warehouse
  • Fr. Jules Adam O.M.I. picking tomatoes
  • Bro. L’abbe with turkeys: the Grey Nuns sewing
  • St. Anne’s hospital: Grey Nuns & ward aids
  • Sant’anna at Bell Rock : loading & leaving for the north
  • Fort Resolution: panorama: hostel children
  • Boat Immaculata picnic: s.g.m. & o.m.i.
  • Sant’anna crossing Great Slave Lake: Father Rioux O.M.I.
  • Fort Providence: Brother H.L. Sarault O.M.I. at the helm
  • Cemetery: offloading my International truck
  • All the Oblates pass in review
  • Mills Lake: N.T.C.L. barge passing
  • Fort Simpson: Brothers running their thrashing machine
  • Gov. experimental farm : Father Lize O.M.I.
  • Flying by Beaver down to Fort Norman
  • Ft. Norman tractor: Frs. Jean Grias & Wm Leising
  • Church interior (dark)
  • Flying O.M.I. Beaver to Fort Franklin: the mission: the settlement.
  • The marriage of a Tanniton girl: a rat canoe.
  • Mission freighter canoe: Wm Leising, Dr. Melling
  • Fort Good Hope: Father A. Robin, Leising, Rene Fumoleau O.M.I.
  • Dene wood raft & moose carcass: the church out & in (b/w ?)
  • Mills Lake sunset
Reel # 12
N-2001-002: 13117 · Item · [1953-1960]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 12
1100’Original film ?

Lake Athabaska: towing the "Ark" * 30 ft skiff (R.P. Rousseliere OMI)

  • Skiff in rough seas Lake Athabaska: Mike Powder
  • Father Brown & Phillip Stenne at fish camp, Black Bay Oct. 1954

Camsell Portage:

  • Father Brown at kicker: breaking ice: putting up stick fish.
  • Camsell mission St. Bernard (duplicate)
  • Hauling water: dog blankets: harnessing dogs: Philip driving dogs.

Original film:

  • Father Brown harnesses dogs: Philip, Archie Powder & 16’ komatik
  • Spring komatik trip to Black Lake, Sask.
  • Travelling with dogs, nailing cabin door: Philip
  • At Black Lake: nets, scenes around the settlement
  • Father Brown brings communion to a sick Chipewyan woman in a tent.
  • Kids playing: women at work, washing etc.

Aklavik:original film

Father Brown’s spring dog sled trip 1956

Tuktuk [Tuktoyaktuk]: scenes around town

  • Schooner Our Lady of Lourdes on the beech.
  • Bob and Margaret Cockney
  • Pokiak kids & dogs
  • Husky Lakes: family in basket sled photograph Father Brown & team
  • Setting a tent on the ice Husky Lakes
  • Jiggling for trout: Edgar Kutakut & pup
  • Wallace Lucas tent camp: reindeer
  • Father Brown followed Edgar’s team into Tuk [Tuktoyaktuk]:
  • Ptarmigan
  • Whitefish Station: summer
  • Schooner "North Star" Fred Carpenter at Tuk [Tuktoyaktuk]:
  • Whaling at Whitefish Station
  • Fleshing beluga hide (Alice Thrasher)
  • Drying hides: beluga stomach: making muktuk
  • Reindeer along the shore at Whitefish


  • Building the ice carnival igloo
  • Carnival queen Florence Hagen
  • East branch of Mackenzie at breakup
Reel # 14
N-2001-002: 13119 · Item · [1956-1960]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #14
1200’ Original film "Eskimo Film"

  • Dog team: Reindeer Station to Husky Lakes: Father Brown in parka
  • Aklavik: kids sliding in winter with "Nitlett"
  • Cub Scouts, Cub master Father Brown & visit of Gov. Gen. Vincent Massey
  • Jack Goose from Holman Is. [Ulukhaktok] builds an igloo in R.C. yard : Aklavik
  • Mildred Pokiak tries out this igloo
  • Building the carnival igloo at Inuvik 1957
  • Reindeer in harness for the carnival (loaned by Lee Post)
  • Eskimo [Inuvialuit] family in basket sled Husky Lakes
  • Pitching a tent : Husky Lakes
  • Chopping 7 ft. ice Husky Lakes for jiggling trout
  • Mona Felix jiggling. Edgar Kotakut’s pup eats chunk of muktuk
  • Edgar & Father Brown travel by dogs to Tuk [Tuktoyaktuk]
  • Tuktuk [Tuktoyaktuk] scenes : kids, dogs, DEW line station
  • Beaver aircraft , Father Franche’s Bombardier
  • Bob Cockney, Father Brown driving dogs.
  • Break....lead
  • Tuk [Tuktoyaktuk] : summer: schooner "North Star"
  • Whitefish Station, people, tents, dogs etc.
  • Reindeer herd on the beach
  • Eskimo [Inuvialuit] look out for beluga, schooners leave.
  • On board "Only Way": Archie Headpoint
  • Shooting beluga: Elias Kalinek
  • Tieing [tying] on beluga, Kenneth Pilaluk & his boat, flag raising
  • Beaching beluga, cutting off muktuk.
  • Scraping beluga hide: Alice Thrasher. Staking hide on ground.
  • Boiling muktuk to make uksook: beluga stomachs inflated.
  • Billy Thrasher’s scow: his son practices harpooning.
  • Sunset over the River.
Reel # 15
N-2001-002: 13120 · Item · [1951, 1961]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #15
Fort Chipewyan 1100’

  • Panorama of Fort Chipewyan from the lake (south)
  • Alexander Mackenzie’s memorial plaque on the point: old H.B.C.
  • The mission buildings
  • Hostel kids sport games
  • Jimmy Pacquette, a faithful mission helper at work.
  • Various people around the town
  • [Fort Chipewyan] Chip people enjoying a summer card game in a tent.
  • The Grey Nuns in Father Brown's freighter canoe: to Dogs Head.
  • The Quart-Fourche; McInnes fishermen (golden eye*pickerel)
  • Grey nuns: Fr. [Father] Wm Leising, Bro. [Brother] Crenn, Fr. Pat Mercredi OMI
  • Bro. Henry Sarault: mission boat "St. Eugene" to Fort Fitzgerald.
  • On board: Sr. Lussiere, Alice Decoine, the Moore family
  • At Fort Fitzgerald the Latreille Brothers O.M.I. : Henri-Medard-Philippe
  • Return voyage to Chip [Fort Chipewyan Alberta], unloading the St. Eugene.
  • [Fort Chipewyan] Chip children make dandelion crowns.
  • Boarding the mission plane: Beaver CF-OMI on floats.

My 1951 film of the S.G.M. * O.M.I. & children at Chip [Fort Chipewyan]

This 100 ft of film was the first movies I ever took with a camera borrowed from Father Ladriere OMI.

Reel # 11
N-2001-002: 13116 · Item · [1959]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel #11
650’ Original footage.

The old mission restoration project: Fort McMurray, Alta. 1969

  • [Fort] McMurray: the old mission: dilapidated condition, original site
  • Father Brown builds skids of long green logs.
  • Two N.T.C.L. TD-18 Cats hauling old mission thru town
  • Digging the 6 ft. trench at the hotel parking lot to get under wires
  • Father Raymond Danto O.M.I. on the Mayrath car.
  • Father Brown congratulates his works after old mission move.
  • George Couterier hauling land fill around old mission
  • Re-shingling old mission roof with cedar shakes
  • Father Brown builds a new steeple and puts it up.
  • Old mission: Brother landscaping with tractor and harrow
  • The finished job: old mission in winter
  • The commemorative plaque in place
  • The sun dial "Nisi Horas Serinas" built by Hans de Vroom
  • Benediction in the old mission
  • Procession leaving old mission.
Reel # 13
N-2001-002: 13118 · Item · [1953-1960]
Part of Bern Will Brown fonds

Reel # 13
1250’ Original film "Indian Film"

  • Camsell Portage: mission in winter
  • Towing the Ark to Black Bay fall of 1954 (Mike Powder)
  • Fishing at Black Bay: Lake Athabaska: Father Brown & Phillip Stenne
  • At Camsell: dog "Prince" visits Father Brown at the workshop
  • Father Brown exits mission with harness, harnesses dogs, leaves.
  • Father Brown & Phillip Stenne travelling with dog teams.
  • Father Brown harnessing dogs: kids helping.
  • Father Brown & Philip on the trail: approaching Fort Chipewyan
  • Down the Slave R. [River] by dogs: Moore family, Johnson’s trading post.
  • Pulling a net: the ice hole
  • Tough travelling: -30 & 30 mph head wind: Chip [Fort Chipewyan] to Camsell
  • Return to Camsell after sled trip to Fort Smith for annual retreat.
  • Spring komatik to Black Lake: Father Brown & Archie Powder 1954
  • Meeting Fond du Lac [Saskatchewan] Indians [Denesųłıné] & teams
  • At Black Lake, Sask. Natives [Denesųłıné] attach "leashes" to their toboggans.
  • Black Lake scenes: town water hole etc.
  • Marten parka: caribou skin parkas
  • The mission: Father Brown takes communion to the sick.
  • Wildfowl Island: Lake Athabaska: harnessing dogs F.B.[Father Brown] & Archie
  • Examining caribou tracks
  • Meeting 5 caribou: then 10 & 14.
  • Philip shoots caribou
  • Over a pressure ridge: Father Brown shoots a caribou
  • F.B. [Father Brown] skins, butchers & loads komatik with this caribou
  • Trail fire at Pine Channel (between Fond du Lac & Stoney Rapids [Saskatchewan])
  • Sunset scene.