The records were gathered by John Bayly in his role as Inquiry Counsel for the Bourassa Inquiry. The Inquiry was conducted by Madam Justice Carole Conrad of Alberta and held in Yellowknife. The proceedings began on March 26, 1990 and ended with Madam Conrad's findings that were issued on September 28, 1990. The records consist of copies of the following: preliminary proceedings, transcripts of the hearings, exhibits including video and one audio cassette of the press conference and public meeting held by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Justice Minister Michael Ballantyne on Dec. 21, 1989, submissions, letters of complaint, authorities, the inquiry findings and press clippings.
The film is entitled "Dene Nation." The sound recordings document dance and music from "Our Land, Our Life" comprised of recordings from Fort Good Hope of drum music, Dene songs and North Slavey (Hareskin) language; as well as audio from slide shows and films, including "My Country My People," "I Was Born Here" and "Dene Nation." The sound recordings from Fort Good Hope, likely recorded in 1957, feature members of the Pierrot, Kakfwi, Remi, Edgi, Masuzumi, Lafferty, Cotchilly, Taureau, Emmanuel, and Kelly families.
The three film reels are of "I Was Born Here;" "I Was Born Here French version" (also known as 'Mon pays est ma vie'), and "Dene Nation" (First Answer Print). The BetaCam videocassette and DVCam videocassette are copies of "Mon pays est ma vie." René Fumoleau produced the 1976 film, I Was Born Here (Mon pays est ma vie, 1977) and directed Dene Nation in 1979. "Dene Nation" was produced by the Dene Nation.
The silent film is entitled "Nahanni Butte" and is 22 minutes in length, and is believed to have been taken by Gus Kraus. The film depicts pesonalities from the Nahanni Butte/Fort Simpson area in the early 1960s, including Gus and Mary Kraus, their son Mickey Kraus, Dick Turner, Father Posset and Albert Faille.
The records have been arranged into four series: textual records, photographs, sound recordings and moving images. The textual records were then organized into six sub-series: Minutes of Full Executive Meetings, Minutes of the Triennial Conventions, Minutes of Meetings of NWTPSA and UNW Locals, "Sulijuq" newsletters, Collective Agreeements and UNW Filing System. The textual records document the development of the union movement in the Northwest Territories and the increasing politicization of the union's membership. They also document the internal administration and operations of the NWTPSA and the UNW, and their relationship to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). The records also depict the relationship between the NWTPSA, UNW and the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour (NWTFLA). The textual records contain information on convention procedures, elections, the collection of union dues, revisions to By-Laws and Policies, and the transfer of federal employees to the territorial government. The sound and video recordings were made at the Triennial Conventions and the Full Executive Meetings. The photographs were taken at the Triennial Conventions, Full Executive Meetings, and at individual members' work-sites. There are also images of such political action campaigns as the annual Day of Mourning ceremonies, marches in support of striking workers at the Inuvik Housing Authority, Royal Oak Mines Limited, the federal government and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The textual records consist of correspondence from Father Brown (Bern Will Brown) to George Rysgaard as well as correspondence with Dr. Breckenridge, concerning the 1970 trip to the Thelon River area. The correspondence includes lists of mammals and birds observed, and plant specimens collected. The photographs depict several locations including Great Bear Lake, Colville Lake, Victoria Island and the Thelon Refuge. There are also images of Duncan Pryde, Father Bern Will Brown, and George Rysgaard. The films are about the following subjects: the topography, flora and fauna of the Thelon River area, Colville Lake and Victoria Island. The sound recordings consist of narration for the Colville Lake and Victoria Island films.
The material is dated from 1977-1995 and relates to the administration and functions of the Northwest Territories Council for Disabled Persons. The textual records, dating from 1977-1991, include monthly reports of the Executive Director, President, and various committees within the Council; minutes; records of clients throughout the Northwest Territories; the Ability column; and files from special projects and functions such as the Celebrity Auction, Bike-A-Thon, Handi-van, workshops and conferences. Some files relate to the Inuvik Council for the Disabled, and the communities of Pine Point and Hay River. The photographs date between 1986-1995 and contain images of: Kids on the Block (KOB) puppet performance tours by Barb Barnet and Barb Bond to Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay, and Coppermine; Celebrity Auction; National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) events; Bike-a-thons; posters; the Council's museum display for the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP); Run For Light (1986); conferences; and Rick Hansen's visit to Yellowknife. The sound cassettes, 1986-1991, feature recordings from conferences, an aldermanic candidates forum, and speakers on topics such as respite care, services in the north, advocacy and independent living centres, and accessibility. A few of the recordings are in Inuktitut. The accession also contains one 8 mm video tape of approximately 11 minutes of Kids on the Block puppet performances, and one poster published by the Northwest Territories Council for the Disabled for the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981).
Records include oral history interviews that resulted from the Snare Lake Education Committee's efforts to gather information from local elders for a handbook on cultural programming for use in the school. Interviews are in Tlicho (Dogrib).
Records include films relating to Giant Yellowknife Mines Ltd., which record mining, exploration and construction activities. Included is a film documenting construction at Giant Mine in 1946/47, a promotional film titled "Giant Mines Story 1954" which describes the mining and smelting process at Giant and life in Yellowknife, and two films documenting mining exploration camps.
Entitled "Highway of the Atom," this film was created for the Northern Transportation Company Ltd. (NTCL). It was edited and recorded by Crawley Films, with camera work by R.B. Ranson. "Highway of the Atom" illustrates the Radium Line of the Northern Transportation Company Ltd. Transportation system by tracing the shipment of materials from Waterways, Alberta to Port Radium, on the "Radium Franklin" and the "Radium Gilbert."
Records include two productions. One is entitled "To Move a Mountain" and the other is entitled "A Break in the Ice". Both are promotional films that describe a typical transportation season. "To Move a Mountain" was produced in 1969 and "A Break in the Ice" was produced in 1972.
Records are related to a project undertaken by the Lac La Martre Senior Room for the 1978 Explore Our Northern Heritage competition. Under the guidance of elders from the Lac La Martre Community Education Council, the students made a bush canoe and a caribou skin jacket and documented the process for the competition. The textual records and the photographs (:0005 - :0035) are part of a book created by the students entitled "Picture Book on Making a Bush Canoe." The DAT audiocassette contains a Tlicho recording of Francis Moosenose interviewing Joe Zoe Fish on "How to make a Bush Canoe (:0001) and a Tlicho recording of Eva Nitsiza's interview with her mother Dora on "How to Make a Fancy Caribou Jacket" (:0002). The films document "Making a Bush Canoe" (:0003); "Making a Fancy Caribou Jacket" (:0004).
The textual records consist of narration intended for one or two of the Aklavik/Inuvik film reels. The slides are originals taken by Curtis Merrill, except for a few duplicates taken by Roger Brown. The duplicate slides carry the notation "R.B." The slides depict members of the survey crew and the Local Aklavik Advisory Committee at work during the initial survey and the later construction at Inuvik. The photographs depict various aspects of the survey work including clearing ground cover, drilling test holes and constructing roads. Also depicted are various buildings being constructed at Inuvik and some close-ups of pile driving and the construction of the towns' utilidor system. The film footage and videocassette primarily feature Aklavik and the construction of the new settlement of Inuvik (initially known as East 3); one reel of film is believed to be from Merrill's 1949 film of an expedition to Foxe Basin and there is also footage of the South Slave Region, Great Slave Lake and Nahanni Butte. There are also 13 pieces of film containing outtakes from the Aklavik/Inuvik footage.
The textual records consists of letters written by Hugh Ross between 1933-1936 from the Fort Norman Wireless Station to his future wife. In addition, there is a copy of a pseudo newsletter of the Royal Canadian Corps. Of Signals Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System called "Notes of Interest." The negatives and photographs, which are located in a photo album that was compiled by Hugh Ross, include images of military personnel, wireless stations and the military base at Alert. The films show Yellowknife in the 1940s and 1950s, as well as aerial footage and the base at Alert in the 1960s.
Records include 197 black and white photographs taken by Finnie between 1939 and 1946 that feature people and scenes of Yellowknife, Fort Rae, Aklavik, Fort Norman, Norman Wells, Fort Smith, and the Canol Project. The accession also contains a photograph album containing 142 colour prints titled "Canol: The Authors Photographic Post Mortem" which was put together by Finnie from photos of his 1977 tour of the remains of the Canol project. The films in this accession are: "In the Shadow of the Pole" (1928); "The Arctic Patrol" (1929); "Among the Igloo Dwellers" (1930-31); "Ikpuck, The Igloo Dweller" (highlights from "Among the Igloo Dwellers"); "Patrol to the Northwest Passage" (1937); "The Dogrib Treaty" (1939); and "Canol" (1946?). The first two films listed cover the Eastern Arctic voyages of the "Beothic" (ship), and the next two focus on the Copper Inuit. "Patrol to the Northwest Passage" depicts the meeting of the "Nascopie" (ship) and "Aklavik" (ship). There are copies of all the films on Umatic videocassette and copies on Betacam videocassette for "The Igloo Dweller", "The Dogrib Treaty" and "Canol". The sound recordings are of Trevor Lloyd interviewing Henry Larsen and Vilhalmjur Stefansson in 1962, E.M. Weyer interviewing Stefansson in 1955 and the soundtrack from the 1962 National Film Board film "Stefansson the Arctic Prophet."
The records date from 1936 to 1990 and have been divided into four series: textual, photographs, moving images and sound recordings. The textual records, which date from 1961 to 1990, were divided into 8 sub-series: Minutes of Meetings (1972-1990), Reports (1961-1989), Newsletters (1966-1990), Regional Administration Files (1966-1982), Alphabetical File System (1965-1981), Northwest Territories Council Executive Correspondence (1967-1978), Northwest Territories Council Programme Files (1967-1989), Chronological Correspondence Files (1966-1984). The records in this accession document the development of the guiding movement in the Northwest Territories. There is information on the transfer of the Northwest Territories guiding movement from the control of the Alberta and Quebec Councils, to the formation of the Yukon and Northwest Territories Council in 1964. The creation of two separate councils in 1975, the Yukon Council and the Northwest Territories Council is also documented. The files document the relationship between the Northwest Territories Council that is based in Yellowknife and the Local Associations throughout the Northwest Territories. The records also document the relationship between the Northwest Territories Council and Girl Guides of Canada headquarters in Ottawa. There is also some information on the development of guiding programmes that were designed to reflect the unique nature of guiding in the north. The photographs, which were scattered throughout the collection in community file folders and miscellaneous envelopes, document brownie and guide meetings, enrollment ceremonies, trips to national and international guiding events, guide camps in the Northwest Territories, Annual General Meetings of the Northwest Territories Council and training sessions for guide and brownie leaders. There are also a number of images of special events such as the 65th and 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Girl Guides of Canada. The film reels were taken in 1971 during a Girl Guide trip to Ottawa. The audio recordings document the activities of guide and brownie packs, a training session and campfire for leaders, and also include an Inuktitut version of the Brownie law, promise and story. The sound recordings were produced at Pangnirtung, Fort McPherson, Broughton Island, Coppermine, Cape Dorset and Yellowknife.
Subjects depicted in this accession include guiding programmes and activities in the north, plans to improve the delivery of guiding programmes in the north, trips to both territorial, national and international camps, training programmes for guide leaders, and special projects undertaken by the Northwest Territories Council. The records were created by the Yukon and Northwest Territories Council, the Northwest Territories Council, and Local Girl Guide Associations throughout the Northwest Territories, which were affiliated to these two councils.
The footage includes an RCMP in full dress uniforms, a boat trip down the Mackenzie River in the Aklavik II, dog team journeys and removal of a body from the bush. Also an aerial tour, views of pingos, waterfalls, barges and cliffs along a river. A Beech 18 CF-MPI, and an RCMP airplane.
This accession consists of a variety of material relating to Sven Johansson's time in the north. These records include one Umatic videocassette copy of Johansson's film entitled "Canadian Reindeer Project"; an audio reel containing narration for the film; 117 photographs; a copy of the Bill of Sale for "North Star', Certificate of Record for "North Star, and a blueprint for the boat the "North Star"; a 16 mm black and white film entitled "Drum Dance" and a Betacam SP copy of "Drum Dance".