It is a promotional video produced by the Cominco mining company in the early 1980s to illustrate the gold mining operations at the company's Con Mine in Yellowknife. The 21:20 video focusses on the industrial aspects of the operation and is not historical in nature. Cominco sold the mine to Nerco in 1986.Cominco Ltd.
The records document Frank Gonda's life in various northern communities. The textual records document Gonda's attempts to create curriculum for art to be used in schools in the Northwest Territories and his efforts to obtain a Masters degree from the University of Alberta. The cassette recordings appear to be interviews with elders or carvers from Pelly Bay.
This fonds contains records documenting prospecting and mining activities around Yellowknife, primarily in the 1930s. There are images of camps, floatplanes, boats, scenery, C. John Baker and Herb Dixon. The videocassette (VHS) contains 8 mm film footage that was taken by John Baker between 1935-1936. There are scenes of traveling, camping and prospecting in the Yellowknife area and mining activities at the Rich claim (Giant Mine).
The textual material consists of an 82-page transcript of an interview with John Baker that was conducted by Walter Humphries in 1994. There are also copies of Baker's correspondence and work-related papers concerning prospecting activities in the Yellowknife area and the Rich claim (Giant Mine), as well as extracts from newspapers dated 1934-1947, a report by A.W. Jolliffe on the Yellowknife River area, an article about John Baker from the CIM Reporter, resident hunting and trapping licenses and a summary report on the Rich Group of Claims. In addition, there are 4 bound journals dated from 1935-1936 containing correspondence and observations about development and drilling, ordering mining supplies and equipment, payroll and expense information at the Giant Mine. Two of the journals contain notes and correspondence written by C. John Baker and the other two journals consist of correspondence and notes written by Lockie Burwash.Baker, Cyril John
The textual records are copies of material that relate to the years that Baker worked in the Yellowknife area as a prospector. It consists of an 82-page transcript of an interview with John Baker that was conducted by Walter Humphries in 1994; copies of Baker's correspondence and work-related papers concerning prospecting activities in the Yellowknife area and the Rich claim (Giant Mine); extracts from newspapers; a report by A.W. Jolliffe on the Yellowknife River area; an article about John Baker form the CIM Reporter; resident hunting and trapping licenses; and a summary report on the Rich Group of Claims. The photographs depict prospecting activities around Yellowknife in the 1930s. There are images of camps, floatplanes, boats, scenery, John Baker and Herb Dixon. The videocassette contains 27 minutes of footage that was taken by John Baker between 1935-1936. There are scenes of traveling, camping and prospecting in the Yellowknife area and mining activities at the Rich claim (Giant Mine).
copy of 27:15 minute 8mm original film https://vimeo.com/447893619/5a1f53f201
1) Self [C.J. Baker] in canoe on Y’Knife [Yellowknife] Bay, paddle to shore and land at the Rich [Burwash Gold Mine]
2) Old prospector, Horan, on trip with me, crossing portage.
3) Self [C.J. Baker] carrying my canoe across a portage.
4) Foot of the [Tartan Rapids] rapids where Y’Knife [Yellowknife] River enters the bay.
5) Ross starting the Kicker.
6) Ross in canoe with Kicker, towing another canoe.(note the bridle hitch).
7) Brock at the Kicker.
8) Lunch at a point on a lake. Hughie Muir and others.
9a) Big bush fire at the Rich [Gold Mine]. The crew all cutting some trees to make a fire break.
9b) More smoke and fire, as the bush fire approaches the Rich [Gold Mine].
10) My raven, Angus, on the ridge pole of my tent.
11) My Y’Knife [Yellowknife] Husky pups. [racist slur redacted] and Chief.
12) Ross and others of my party on the Walsh portage, do some shooting practice
13) Mock fight with a bear that I had just had to shoot.
14) Self [C.J. Baker] and party going across the Walsh portage.
15) One of our canoes (with kitchen) approaches and goes away into the distance
16) At my Ptarmigan Prospect Camp, the cook cuts wood for the stove.
17) Cutting a water hole through the ice. For water for our camp.
18) Self [C.J. Baker] on the ice.
19) Men on snow trail.
20) Self [C.J. Baker] and party returning to our camp.
21) [Husky dogs] Gyp and Benny alone at wood pile.
22) [Husky dogs] Gyp and Benny coming towards me.
23) At Edmonton airport, with aircraft [CF-BDG] in the ice and snow.
24) A winter panorama of Giant [Gold Mine].
25) Norseman Aircraft [CF-AM?] on ice at Giant [Gold Mine], being met by my huskies, [racist slur redacted] and Chief
26) My husky "[racist slur redacted]" at edge of ice of Y’Knife [Yellowknife] Bay near my Giant [Gold Mine] camp.
27) My raven "Angus" on a stump.
28) Our large freighter canoe.
29) Beach craft Aircraft lands on Y’Knife [CF-BBB, Yellowknife] Bay to come to the Rich [Gold Mine].
30) The pilot stands on pontoon to paddle aircraft [CF-AWR] to landing at the Rich [Gold Mine].
31) Ole Hagen at the Giant [Gold Mine].
32) My summer tent camp at the Giant [Gold Mine].
33) X-ray Diamond Drill is landed from aircraft [Junkers CF-AM? At the Rich [Gold Mine].
34) X-ray on canoe raft that we made to take it across the [Back Bay] bay to the Giant [Gold Mine].
35) Beach craft Aircraft comes into a landing at the Giant [CF-BBB Gold Mine].
36) Panorama at the Rich [Gold Mine], log cabins and tents.
37) My crew trenching on the Giant [Gold Mine].
38) Dynamite blasting at Giant [Gold Mine] workings.
39) Hughie Muir at my Giant [Gold Mine] workings.
40) Our Diamond Drill.
41) My husky "Chief' prospecting in the bush, followed by "[racist slur redacted]".
42) Long shot photo of Rich [Gold Mine] with aircraft in distance.
43) Aircraft at shore at Rich [Gold Mine]. (tail end view of Bellanca?).
44) Northern Transport Co. boat and barge at Rich [Gold Mine], and plane flying over.
45) Aircraft at shore at Rich [Gold Mine, Bellanca?].
46) Barge at the Rich [Gold Mine].
47) NT. Boat and barge at Rich [Gold Mine] dock and crew rolling off the oil drums.
48) At Rich [Gold Mine], man carries case of dynamite to permafrost dug out for storage.
49) Self [C.J. Baker] viewing big compressor just landed at the Rich [Gold Mine].
50) Mining equipment and supplies just landed at the Rich [Gold Mine] and tractor is on the move.
51) The Blacksmith shop at the Rich [Gold Mine].
52) Our tractor hauling machinery at the Rich [Gold Mine].
53) Shaft head buildings at the Rich [Gold Mine] and installing machinery.
54) Ole Hagen going down the prospect shaft at the Rich [Gold Mine].
55) Pete, at Y’Knife [Yellowknife] old town, carries in the very first spring-bed- mattress.
56) At Rich [Gold Mine], aircraft takes off. [Bellanca]
57) Large barge-boat that the Rich [Gold Mine] crew built goes away down the Bay.
58) I portage my canoe to the Bay and paddle away
[The record creator (C.J. Baker) used an anti-black racist slur as a name for one of his dogs. Previously, an archivist reproduced the racist term in the Scope and Content. In November 2022, an archivist revised the description of the photograph to redact the slur. A copy of the original description is available upon request in the accession file for N-1999-015. Please contact NWT Archives for more information or to request access to the original description.]
This fonds consists of 2.7 metres of textual records, comprised of administrative and operational files from the NWT Chamber of Mines, two 16 mm film reels, one Betacam videocassette, one DVD, and one audio cassette.
Included in the textual records are documents and reports on the Baker Lake court case and land claims issues; mineral policies, speeches, documents from Mining Week and the annual Geoscience Forums; regulations, licenses, membership lists, public relations, correspondence, reports from committees, Mine Safety Act documents; meeting agendas and minutes from 1967-1993. Also included are minutes and reports from the Northern Mineral Advisory Committee, which advocated issues in northern mining to the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Several NWT Chamber of Mines members and executive played a role in NMAC.
The moving images include two 16 mm film reels, consisting of home videos of unknown provenance. They appear to be home movies of a mine worker in Yellowknife, [1948-1949], given the title "Yellowknife Life." This fonds also includes two promotional videos produced by the Chamber: one on Betamax videocassette entitled "Mine Your Business" (a career video for youth) and one DVD entitled "Mining Now" (a northern mining promotional video).
The audiocassette consists of a recording of Cyril John Baker.NWT Chamber of Mines
Records consist of two films produced by the Chamber of Mines. The Betacam consists of "Mine your business" [199-?], a career video for youth; and the DVD consists of "Mining Now", 2007, a promotional video for mining in Canada's north.
Mining Now, Northwest Territories / Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. [S.l. : Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines - 2007.
1 DVD optical disk (46 min.) ; 12 cm.
"This DVD tells the story of the cycle of mining. …
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Grassroots Exploration
Chapter 3: Advanced Exploration
Chapter 4: Permitting, Planning and Construction
Chapter 5: Mineral Processing
Chapter 6: Mine Closure"
One 16 mm film reel of home movies depicting life in Yellowknife. Although provenance of the film is not known, it appears to be scenes from the town from the perspective of a mine worker. [Subjects include Christmas, aerial shots of the surrounding area, depictions of dog teams, homes and businesses, Gerry Murphy arena under construction, a caribou hunt, the Red Cross hospital, various airplanes, Snare Hydro, curling, McNiven beach on Frame Lake, Dr. Stanton, and a baseball game between RCAF and Negus.]
[0001 Snare Hydro, Dog Derby by Gerry Murphy arena under construction, McNiven beach. RCAF-Negus baseball game. Dr. Ollie Stanton]
One 16 mm film reel of home movies depicting life in Yellowknife. Although provenance of the film is not known, it appears to be scenes from the town from the perspective of a mine worker. [Subjects include Associated Airways plane, men fishing, Giant mine, the townsite, the Yellowknife public school and Federal apartments, children gardening, Fort Reliance, aerial view of Lockhart Falls, NWT Signals building, the boat "Yellowknife Expeditor" pulling into Yellowknife Bay near the tank farm on Jolliffe Island, views from the Expeditor on Yellowknife Bay and the people taking a ride, and businesses (Hudson's Bay, theatre, Elliot & Hayes) and banks in downtown Yellowknife. Persons identified may include Jack Varty's house as well as Ted Horton and Sam Bridge.]
[0002. Associated Airways plane, men fishing, Ted Horton, mines, Old town buildings and traffic, public school, apartments on 53 street, gardening, NWT Signals, Jolliffe Island tank farm, people and cars at dock, Yellowknife Expeditor tour?, Hudson's Bay store, movie theatre, Hudson's Bay store, Elliot & Hayes, Federal buildings]
This accession consists of one video related to Dene arts and crafts that have been and continue to be created in the NWT. The video was produced by Swan Productions for the Corporate and Technical Services Division of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
This video provides an overview of Dene arts and crafts that have been and continue to be created in the NWT. Wayne Nataway narrates the video, which includes snowshoe making, moosehair tufting, birch bark basket making, and beading. Included in the video are Nelie Wedzen and Elizabeth Rabesca (Behchoko) scraping hides, Joe Charlo making snowshoes, Rose Bonnetrouge tufting, and Annie Apple (Behchoko) beading. https://vimeo.com/747806469/c980790b2d
The records date between 1962-1988 and relate to the design, promotion and operation of the Expo '86 NWT Pavilion. Included in the Expo '86 material is the film entitled "N.W.T. Pavilion Expo '86." The bulk of the records are from the Tourism and Parks Division and include files concerning tourism policy, long range planning, staff and guide training material, the Economic Development Agreement (EDA) program, tourism development strategies and studies such as the Great Bear Lake Management Study, as well as NWT tourism statistics and user surveys that were conducted by the department. There are also records concerning the development of Visitor and interpretive centres, Territorial Parks, campgrounds and signage, as well as promotional material such as the Explorer’s Guide, travel maps and fishing brochures. The remaining records are from committees or travel associations where the department was involved such as the Travel Industry Association, Fire Management Advisory Committee, Big River Country Travel Association, Western Arctic Visitors Association, Northern Frontier Visitors Association and Arctic Coast Tourism Zone Association.
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.
Records include moving images, photographs, and one file of reports generated by trips taken by Commissioner Stuart Hodgson. The Commissioners' Tours included visits to the upper Mackenzie, Nahanni and Liard River Area (June 2-6, 1969), the central arctic (Aug. 25 - Sept. 5, 1969), the Mackenzie Delta (Oct. 13-19, 1970), and the central arctic (May 5-8, 1971). One of the films contains a narrative by Commissioner Hodgson on the Arctic Winter Games.
The moving images document a project to build a mooseskin boat. The text consists of copies of the daily journals of the project kept by Beryl Gillespie and a copy of her final summary report. The 17 photographs were taken by Beryl Gillespie.
This accession consists of a film entitled "Prohibition in the North," a coproduction of the Government of the Northwest Territories' Department of Information and ACCESS. Directed by Peter Crass, the film outlines different systems of liquor control (prohibition, rationing and local control) in four different communities.Northwest Territories. Department of Information (1967-1985)
One 16 mm film reel of the Department of Information and ACCESS coproduction, "Prohibition in the North." The film details the different forms of liquor restrictions (prohibition, rationing, and local controls) in four communities in the Northwest Territories: Fort Franklin (Deline) [Incl. Fr. Denis OMI, Dora Gully, George Cleary, RCMP Corp. Bill Scott; Band Council members: George Kodakin, Jimmy Cleary, Joe Naedzo, Leon Modeste discussing liquor-related deaths and bootlegging.], Pond Inlet, Igloolik, and Pangnirtung. ©GNWT https://vimeo.com/462820689/2dac515965