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John Bayly

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.

Elizabeth Cass

The textual records consist of transcripts that contain Dr. Cass' personal observations on the Gwich'in. These observations were made in 1959. Her recollections cover such topics as puberty, religious beliefs, burial customs, personal hygiene, marriage, music and dancing. The audio recordings contain a recording of Dr. Cass in early 1980, dictating letters for her secretary. She discusses her health and her recent trip to Brazil with the International Society of Geographic Opthalmology. She has also recorded many of the Gwich'in stories and legends that were related to her by such individuals as Paul Bonnetplume (Aklavik), Annie McPherson (Fort McPherson), Peter Lord (Old Crow, Yukon), Lazarus Sittichinli, Peter Moses and Edward Snowshoe. Although many of the legends relate to medicine men, Dr. Cass also recounts stories about the Willow Man, the Ungrateful Indian, Sakeethuck the "Trickster," the Crow Who Lost His Beak, the Lazy Boy, three stories about Bushmen [Hare and Slavey Indians] and a two hour saga about two brothers as told to her by Edward Snowshoe.

Elizabeth Cass

The records are comprised of reports written by Dr. Elizabeth Cass, and examine blindness and eye problems amongst children and adults in the Northwest Territories. There are charts and graphs included in the reports.

Robert Bouchard

Records primarily consist of Robert Bouchard's client files; some of his personal business records are also included. The papers include legal actions for murder, rape, incest, divorce, maintenance, transfers of mining claims and various motor vehicle offenses. Each file appears to contain copies of related incoming and outgoing correspondence, including Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reports. There are also a number of transcripts of murder trials held in the Northwest Territories. The papers have been arranged into three series: client files; community files; and administration and miscellaneous files.

Yellowknife Local History Project

Records include photographs taken by Wilfred H. Kennedy who lived in the north in the late 1930s. He worked on the boats travelling the Mackenzie River before moving to Yellowknife, where he was employed at Con Mine. The photographs depict Eldorado Mines, Great Bear Lake and Con Mine, Yellowknife. There are images of miners and other residents of Yellowknife, including the members of the first hockey team in the community. There are also photographs of some of the first buildings in the community. In addition there is a letter from Alex C. Mosher, and a number of newspaper clippings dating from 1938 which were annotated by Alex Mosher.

Henri Posset

The first recording was made in September 1957. It consists of drumming and chanting taped in Jean Marie River and Fort Franklin, fiddle music from Fort Franklin and various Slavey legends related by Johnny Betseda of Fort Simpson and Jean Marie Punch of Fort Providence. The second recording, with John Tsetso, was made on April 1, 1964 in St. Margaret's Hospital at Fort Simpson. In this recording, Tsetso narrates, in Slavey, the first three chapters of his book, "Trapping is my Life," which was published in February 1964. He also relates two other stories about summer and winter. The accession also contains two letters written by Father Posset which provide some biographical information on Johnny Betseda, John Tsetso and Jean Marie Punch. There is also a typed transcript of an interview between Father Posset and William Nerysoo, Senior, relating to Gwich'in personal names which was conducted on November 23, 1987.

Tremain family

The textual records consists of a photocopy of a typed manuscript written by Gwendoline Tremain-Runyard between 1976-1988 and give a brief history of her family. The 71 black and white prints are mounted in a photo album and document the three Anglican Missions that Reverend W.S. Tremain worked at: Fort Norman, Fort Simpson, and Hay River. The images relate primarily to the mission buildings in each community, and the staff and pupils of St. Peter's Anglican Residential School at Hay River. Some photographs depict Anglican missionaries who visited these communities. There are images of the "S.S. Mackenzie River", and some of canoes, scows, mooseskin boats, and tugs that plied the Mackenzie River. There are also some images of Dene camps. The manuscript gives a brief history of her family. The 19 black and white copy negatives that were reproduced from two albums compiled by Lottie Tremain, during her stay in the Northwest Territories between 1914 and 1919. The negatives were created by the NWT Archives in 1989. They are copies of the pages of the original photo album forming part of this accession and copies of images from a second album.

Sanavisak Guild

Records include photographs that were in an album compiled by members of the Sanavisak Guild in Pine Point. The accession also contains the minutes of a meeting held on September 8, 1965 to discuss the formation of the guild; two guild newsletters, one from March 1982 and the other from 1983; and the programme for the guild's 10th Anniversary dinner and dance. The photographs document many of the activities of the Sanavisak Guild in Pine Point between 1969 and 1984. The majority of the images are well identified. Activities depicted include craft and bake sales, Christmas parties and floats decorated by the guild for the annual Pine Days parade and celebrations.

Terry Garvin

Records include photographs taken by Terry Garvin between 1954 and 1983. Although many of the images were taken during his work as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer, some were taken during trips he made while working for the Arctic Pilot Project. Subjects include RCMP officers, people, community buildings, scenic views, boats and aircraft. A number of images depict traditional Dogrib hand games at Fort Rae. There are photographs of Giant Yellowknife Gold Mines Ltd., Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Ltd. (Con Mine), and Polaris Mine. Locations include: Yellowknife, Fort Rae, Arctic Bay, Resolute Bay, Grise Fiord, Cambridge Bay, Melville Island, Bylot Island, Rae Point, Snare Lakes, Devon Island, Pond Inlet and Fort Smith.

Henri Tardy

Records include photographs depicting a variety of people and scenes in and around Holman. Images include Inuit fishing and hunting, winter camps, dogsleds and the Catholic Church in Holman.

Winona Orr Carruthers

The textual records consist of an 11 page photocopy of Winona Carruthers' recollections of her time spent as a teacher at the Anglican Mission in Hay River, 1903-1909. These recollections were compiled by Linda deBalinhard and Karen Carruthers. Topics covered include descriptions of: the trip to Hay River from Edmonton by scow; Hay River; fishing; huskies; school life; the arrival of the annual steamer and the Christmas season.

Fort Providence Slavey Language Research Project

Records include photographs of Fort Providence and its surrounding area. This is a collection of images featuring the work of many photographers including O.S. Finnie, Rene Fumoleau and Celine Lafferty. Most of the photographs were donated to the Research Project by the Catholic Mission. There are a variety of images including those of the residents of Fort Providence, the Roman Catholic Mission and clergy, Residential school, scouts, Albert Lebeau, agriculture and gardening. There appears to be some duplication within the collection.

Mary Saich

Records consist of two photo albums containing 146 black and white prints of Aklavik and environs and of Mary Saich's trip to Tuktoyaktuk; one scrapbook compiled by Mary Saich; one notebook including historical and geographical notes on the Northwest Territories and curriculum ideas; 145 black and white and colour slides. The photographs are of people in Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk, images of barges and steamers, buildings such as the hospital, school, and church in Aklavik as well as winter and summer camps.

Mary Saich

Records include letters written by Mary Saich to her parents when she was the schoolteacher at All Saints Mission in Aklavik, between 1940-1942. Approximately half of the acquisition is the original of the manuscript entitled "A Year in Canada's North."

Erik Watt

The majority of the photographs show locations within the Northwest Territories, however images from northern Alberta, northern Manitoba and northern Quebec complement the overarching theme of Canada's north. A wide range of subject matter is covered in the photographs. Subjects include DEW line operations; educational activities; views of northern communities and people from both the eastern and western arctic; native reserves; mining operations; church work in the north; highway and road construction; and special functions such as the official opening of public buildings.

Erik Watt

The negatives were made from photographic prints taken by the donor's father Frederick B. "Ted" Watt. The images date from 1929-1933 and include first air mail flight to Aklavik, images of floatplanes and pilots, prospecting and staking activities and the establishment of the Cameron Bay settlement and mine.

Erik Watt

The images primarily document mine sites and infrastructure, employees at work, and various employee leisure activities at mine sites. The slides are divided into seven series: Tundra Mine and Courageous Lake, Lupin, Thompson-Lundmark, Nanisivik, Con, Giant, and Polaris. The Tundra Mine and Courageous Lake series contains a subset of slides unrelated to the series title area. These 26 images primarily document prospecting activities in the Walsh Lake, Banting Lake, and Cabin Lake areas. They were created by journalist and media consultant Erik Watt between 1978 and 1995, although largely between 1982 and 1990

Warren Schmitke

Records include photographs of Canol sites. Included in the images are winter and summer scenes, views of buildings and equipment, and scenes of a site being burned for reclamation.

Robert R. Janes

Records include photographs of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) when Robert Janes was Director and annotated maps of archaeological field work done by Janes. The slides document the PWNHC’s building and exhibit construction, staff at work, opening by HRH Prince Charles and Commissioner Stuart Hodgson in 1979, initial operations, original exhibits, visit by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1980, 1979 and 1980 open houses, 1980 hide-working workshop, artist Germaine Arnaktauyok painting her large scale Sedna painting, and people carrying the mooseskin boat in the Yellowknife Bay dock area. The maps concern the identification of archaeological and historic sites along the Mackenzie River, particularly between Willow Lake and Blackwater River.

Robert R. Janes

The records relate to Robert Janes’ archaeological field work at Fort Alexander, Willow Lake, Dealy Island (Kellett’s Storehouse), Drum Lake, and the Canol Camp, his interest in archaeology and anthropology, his work as the first Director of the Territorial Central Museum (later the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre or PWNHC), and his work as the Executive Director of the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories (SINT). The textual records include archaeological field notes and reports, papers and articles written and collected by Janes, including his thesis, book and article reviews, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, PWNHC building planning and operation files, newsletters, newspaper clippings, EXPO’86 planning files, and PWNHC and SINT publications. The photographs, maps, and architectural drawings document archaeological excavations at Fort Alexander, Willow Lake, and Dealy Island (Kellett’s Storehouse) and show the building and operations at the PWNHC. One plan also shows preparations for the Northwest Territories pavilion at EXPO’86. The sound recording also relate to the ethnoarchaeological project at Willow Lake, including interviews and a recording of a church service.

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