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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.

Union of Northern Workers

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.

N.W.T. Council for Disabled Persons

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).

Metis Heritage Association

This accession consists of records assembled and created in the 1970s for the Metis Association of the Northwest Territories. Many of the records were gathered specifically for the Metis History Project, which published a pictorial book and had plans to publish a popular history, as well.

The records include original oral history tapes and transcripts, copies of textual records from other institutions and publications, copies of photographs of Metis life from other institutions and family albums, original photographs of Metis Association events, genealogies, research notes, finding aids, and a draft of a Metis history. The copied textual records include correspondence, government records, annual reports, journal excerpts from missions and fur trade posts, notes from treaty parties and half-breed scrip commissions, journals and memoirs of private individuals, newspaper and magazine clippings, and excerpts from books.

The textual records are arranged in files according to their source, but are found within topical, place, and family reference files. The photographs are primarily arranged by location and source name.

June Helm

  • N-1996-010
  • Accession
  • [1955-1971] copied 1996, 2002
  • Part of June Helm fonds

Records include audio recordings that June Helm and her research associates - including Nancy O. Lurie, David M. Smith and George Tharp - made with a number of northern aboriginal people. The recordings are of Dogrib, Slavey and Chipewyan people, and include notable leaders such as Chief Jimmy Bruneau and Naedzo the Bear Lake Prophet. The recordings include stories, personal messages, songs, interviews and linguistic data. The recordings also include an interview of June Helm that was recorded and aired on CBC in 1965. The dates of the other recordings are 1955, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1971. The 23 original master audio reels and 10 original master audio cassettes were reformatted to CD (24 bit SDII files) in 2002.

Girl Guides of Canada. Northwest Territories Council

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.

Inuvialuit Social Development Program

The textual material is made up of one copy of the final report on the Yukon North Slope Cultural Resources Survey and English and Inuvialuktun transcriptions and translations of the interviews. A short biography of the people interviewed is contained in the final report. The audiocassettes contain recordings of 29 interviews. The Inuvialuit elders interviewed were: Persis Gruben, Charlie Gruben, Christina Klengenberg, Diamond Klengenberg, Bessie Wolki, Emmanuel Felix, Peter Rufus, Jonah Carpenter, Jimmy Jacobson, Agnes Gruben White, Raymond Mangelana, Ishmael Alunik, Rhoda Allen, Martha Henry, Jean Arey, Fred Inglangasuk, Sarah Meyook, Alex Gordon, Dora Malegana, Emma Edwards, Lily Lipscombe, Kathleen Hansen and David Roland. The interviews were conducted in the Northern Yukon National Park, Qikiqtaryuk (Herschel Island) and the Mackenzie Delta. Interviews were also recorded at Arvarqvik (Roland Bay), Babbage River, Backhouse River, Coal Mine Lake, Firth River, Kay Point, Kinnaq (King Point), Kittigaryuit (Kittigazuit), Mumaluk Spit, Niaqulik Point (Head Point), Qamaqaq, Qargialuk (Ptarmigan Bay), Running River, Sheep Creek, Shinikruaq, Tapqaq (Shingle Point), Whale Bay and Yuuqyaaq. The interviews focused upon Inuvialuit land use in the Mackenzie Delta and Yukon North Slope. Subjects depicted include fishing, hunting, whaling, relations between the Inuvialuit and the whalers, fur traders and missionaries, Inuvialuit spiritual beliefs and the construction of DEW Line sites in the Delta.

Sven Johansson

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".

Parks Canada

The textual records consist of transcripts from interviews with 36 different individuals, relating to the history of the Nahanni. Many of the transcripts include an introduction prepared by Addison, which provides background information on the person interviewed. In addition, there is information on the Nahanni History project, such as reports and correspondence. The 6 maps are appended to the interview transcripts.

Bobby Porritt

The textual records consists of correspondence, Porritt's notes, accounting records, banking records, other business records including a Traders Fur Record Book, records pertaining to the Northwest Territories Legislative Council (consisting primarily of copies), memorabilia, Jock McMeekan's records, a few annual reports and newsletters, some posters and ephemera. In particular, the records document Porritt's occupational and political activities, his personal interests and his relationships with many friends and family members. The photographs, taken and collected by Porritt, cover a wide variety of subjects and dates. The photographs were sorted according to a several categories including: communities such as Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Resolution, Fort Smith, Fort Rae, Fort Norman, Snowdrift, Pine Point and Arctic Red River; family and friends; native people; aircraft and pilots; boats and ships; politics; prospecting and mining; logging; trapping, fishing and hunting; railways; and trucking.

Northwest Territories. Department of Information

Much of the accession is currently unidentified. Some of the identified reels of film concern events in the Northwest Territories, such as the Commissioner's tour of the central arctic, 1970 Arctic Winter Games, Caribou Carnival in Yellowknife, Camp Unity and a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) production on whaling in the north.

Arctic Red River Oral History Project

Records were generated by the Arctic Red River Oral History Project that was conducted by Alestine Andre between 1989 and 1990. The aim of the project was to collect information on the traditional lifestyle and cultural beliefs of the Gwichya Gwich'in in Arctic Red River. Ms. Andre compiled a list of the 13 oldest people in the community, and interviewed five who agreed to participate in the project. Those interviewed were Hyacinthe Andre, Jerome Andre, Joanne Nazon, Annie Norbert and Nap Norbert. The interviews are contained on 29 sound cassettes (:0001 to :0029). Also included in the accession are one transcript (file folder 2) and one file containing information related to the planning, funding and administration of the project (file folder 1). The sound recordings have been arranged in alphabetical order according to surname, and chronologically according to the date the interviews were conducted. The sound recordings are all in Gwich'in. Although Ms. Andre arranged for eight tapes to be transcribed, only one transcription, that of Joan Nazon's interview (recordings :0013 and :0014) was forwarded to the NWT Archives (this transcript is in English). The administration file includes copies of two contribution agreements with the Department of Culture and Communications; copies of financial records related to the project; and a final report titled "Oral Histories of Four Gwichya Gwich'in Elders Arctic Red River", which was compiled in March 1990. Signed waivers for Hyacinthe Andre, Jerome Andre, Joanne Nazon and Annie Norbert are available in the accession file. Copy of report and transcript in accession file.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment

This accession consists of records from the Language Bureau library. Most of the records were created by ECE and its predecessors, the Department of Education and the Department of Culture and Communications, but the accession also includes records created by the Department of Information, the Department of Justice, and various workshops and literacy programs hosted or coordinated by ECE and its predecessors. Records include reports on bilingual education, the curriculum from the Inuit perspective, interpreting in the NWT Courts, and literacy and language projects, including the Dene Standardization Project, the Arviat Language Research Project, and the Rae-Edzo Literacy Project; an operational review of the Language Bureau; curriculum guides, teacher’s manuals, kits and posters for K-12 language teaching, including the Dene Kede curriculum and other materials in Inuktitut, Gwich’in, North Slavey, South Slavey, Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ), Chipewyan, and Cree; a classroom assistant training manual; the Language Bureau’s newsletter, Dene Yati; teacher’s and student’s manuals for the Language Bureau’s Cree Language Program; a syllabus for teaching Dene languages literacy; audio cassettes and a course outline from a North Slavey course produced by Arctic College; training manuals, terminology lists, and program review materials from the Interpreter/Translator Program; Chipewyan and Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) language lessons from the Teacher Education Program; and training materials for legal interpreters.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Language Bureau

Northern Musicians Project

  • N-2005-014
  • Accession
  • 2003-2014

Records include recordings and transcripts of interviews with northern musicians that were conducted by Pat Braden as part of a project supported by the Cultural Project Contribution Program of the Government of the Northwest Territories. The objective of the project was to interview northern 'pop' musicians in order to document their experiences and gain insight into the NWT music community between the 1950s and 1990s. The musicians interviewed included Archie Loutitt, Tony Buggins, Wilf Schidlowsky, George Mandeville, Albert Canadien, Angus Beaulieu, Herbie Beaulieu, Tom Hudson, John Tees, Alex Czarnecki, Gary Tees, Ted Wesley, Kevin Mackie, John Landry, Richard Lafferty, Pat Burke, and Allen Daniels.

Braden, Pat