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#1 [Alice Hardy]
N-1992-084: 0038A · Item · 1976
Part of Metis Heritage Association fonds

This is the first part of a two-part interview of Alice Hardy recorded in 1976 in Fort Norman (Tulita) by Joanne Burger. The original source item is side A of a 60 minute audio cassette. The interview also includes item 0038B. There is a transcript available in file N-1992-084: 1-21

1 [Dene Land Claims Meeting]
N-2001-016: CN-314A · Item · February 17, 1976
Part of Metis Nation of the Northwest Territories fonds

This item is the seventh part of a fifteen-part recording of a meeting of the Dene Land Claims Committee, including members from the Metis Association and the Indian Brotherhood (later Dene Nation) held February 17-20, 1976 in Yellowknife. This recording was made February 17, 1976. The meeting is in English. The original source item is side A of a 40 minute audio cassette. The meeting also includes CN-311A, CN-311B, CN-312A, CN-312B, CN-313A, CN-313B, CN-314B, CN-315A, CN-315B, CN-316A, CN-316B, CN-317A, CN-318A, and CN-322A. The meeting appears to be chaired by Metis Association President, Rick Hardy. Other participants include Richard Nerysoo, Charlie Furlong, Rod Hardy, John Blake, Paul Andrew, Eddie Koyina, Larry Firth, Carl Carpenter, George Kurszewski, and Gerry (Sutton?). The recording continues with discussion on a plan of action to meet the November 1 deadline for a land claims proposal. Various ideas are circulated, including the Dene Task Force, establishing a calendar, the Dene Field Program, regional assemblies, setting a budget, drafting a general idea of what the proposal will include, and land use research. Rick Hardy continues trying to fit the ideas into an agenda for the rest of the meeting. The idea of incorporating the Dene Land Claims Committee and possible advantages and disadvantages is again discussed. This leads into a discussion on creating a joint bank account and having joint administration of the land claims funding. A new agreement is proposed requiring one signature from each group, with each group having three possible designated signers. The article in the agreement with the government indicating that money cannot be used for litigation is revisited. The recording ends abruptly.

This recording includes sides A and B of the tape.

N-1992-084: 0088A · Item · [ca. 1975]
Part of Metis Heritage Association fonds

This is the first part of a two-part interview of Elizabeth Mercredi recorded in Fort Smith. The original source item is side A of a 120 minute audio cassette. The interview also includes item 0088B. There may be a transcript available in file N-1992-084: 3-9. The tape also includes an interview of Philip Mandeville recorded in Fort Smith. There may be a transcript available in file N-1992-084: 3-5

N-2001-016: CN-331A · Item · February 27, 1978
Part of Metis Nation of the Northwest Territories fonds

This item is the first part of a six-part recording of a Metis Association negotiators' and field-workers' meeting on their land claims proposal held February 27-28, 1978. This recording was made February 27, 1978. The meeting is in English. The original source item is side A of a 60 minute audio cassette. The meeting also includes CN-331B, CN-332A, CN-332B, CN-333A, and CN-334A. The meeting is led by Metis Association President Charles Overvold, who does most of the speaking. Charles leads the group through the Metis Association land claims proposal, with some discussion and questions from the group. The proposal is divided into various objectives. The first objective refers to securing ownership over Indigenous lands for continued use and enjoyment and to enhance traditional lifestyle and economy. Charles outlines the various ways ownership could be achieved and emphasizes that control over the land is the important thing. The second objective is to ensure that game, fish, and timber are harvested according to sound conservation principles and the environment protected from pollution, with management authority being vested in the Native Senate of the Mackenzie Corridor. The third objective is to develop political institutions for protection of Indigenous people and lands. The proposal envisions local councils for each community and a Senate controlling the land settlement and having veto power over things adversely affecting Indigenous lands. The recording ends abruptly.

This recording includes sides A and B of the tape.

N-2001-016: CN-113A · Item · July 27, 1983
Part of Metis Nation of the Northwest Territories fonds

This item consists of two interviews with people in Fort Simpson regarding the Norman Wells (IPL) pipeline project, recorded July 27, 1983 by Deena Soicher for the federal "Informational Pipeline" newsletter. The interviews are in English. The original source item is side A of a 90 minute audio cassette. The first interview is with a group of three women (M. McEwen, A. Fowlow and Lasndsburg) assumed to be nurses, at the hospital. The interviewer asks about predicted impacts on the hospital due to the pipeline project, in particular the camp with is projected to be located nearby. The interviewees discuss the current hospital staffing and capacity, service area, and territorial health programs. They indicate that they are not sure what to expect as there has been no information provided directly, but that they predict that impact would be more on environmental health than public health since camp workers would be unlikely to bring families with them and would likely be providing their own first aid. The interviewer also gathers some information about how long each woman has been in the community, impressions, future plans, and if they see a rift between the Indigenous and white populations of Fort Simpson. This part of the recording lasts about 15 minutes and has a lot of background white noise. The second part of the recording is the first part of a two-part interview of mayor Jim Villeneuve at the municipal office. The interview also includes item CN-113B. Jim was born and raised in Fort Simpson. He left in 1963, joining the armed forces, then working in southern Canada, before returning to Fort Simpson in 1978, becoming the owner of the grocery store in 1980 and mayor in January 1983. Jim mentions that Fort Simpson is one of the oldest communities on the Mackenzie River and describes the economic drivers, including hunting, fishing, trapping, and government. The economic impacts of the Berger Inquiry, bankruptcy of the Cadillac Mine project, and recently completed Liard Highway are discussed. The upcoming Norman Wells pipeline project is also discussed, including people's attitudes toward it, predicted social changes, winter road concerns, work generated, opportunities for local business, and preparations by the town. Jim also talks about the major recreation facility the town is trying to construct, predictions for future growth, other future plans for the town, and working with the Band Council.

N-2001-016: CN-315A · Item · February 18, 1976
Part of Metis Nation of the Northwest Territories fonds

This item is the ninth part of a fifteen-part recording of a meeting of the Dene Land Claims Committee, including members from the Metis Association and the Indian Brotherhood (later Dene Nation) held February 17-20, 1976 in Yellowknife. This recording was made February 18, 1976. The meeting is in English. The original source item is side A of a 40 minute audio cassette. The meeting also includes CN-311A, CN-311B, CN-312A, CN-312B, CN-313A, CN-313B, CN-314A, CN-314B, CN-315B, CN-316A, CN-316B, CN-317A, CN-318A, and CN-322A. The meeting appears to be chaired by Metis Association President, Rick Hardy. Other participants include Richard Nerysoo, Charlie Furlong, Rod Hardy, John Blake, Paul Andrew, Eddie Koyina, Larry Firth, Carl Carpenter, and George Kurszewski. The recording continues with a debate on land claims within the Canadian context and what may or may not be possible to negotiate, including full land ownership, control, nationhood, and self-determination. The British North America Act, the proposed Inuit land claim, and the James Bay Agreement are mentioned. The recording ends abruptly.

This recording includes sides A and B of the tape.

N-2001-016: CN-131A · Item · 1978
Part of Metis Nation of the Northwest Territories fonds

This item is an interview of Georges Erasmus, recorded in 1978 by an unidentified female interviewer, likely for a radio program. The recording is in English. The original source item is side A of a 60 minute audio cassette. The interview discusses the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, the Berger Inquiry and Report, aims of the NWT Indian Brotherhood (later Dene Nation), industrial and resource development in the North, the proposed Alcan pipeline, Bud Drury’s inquiry as Special Representative of the Prime Minister for Constitutional Development in the Northwest Territories, lessons learned by the Indigenous people of the North, and federal government negotiating tactics.