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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.

Echo Lidster

The 513 colour slides (items :0001 to :0513) and the colour prints (items :0514 to :0521) depict a variety of northern communities. Twenty of the slides (items :0366 to :0385) are copies of images taken by Sister B. Matte, a Grey Nun who worked in Rae in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of these images illustrate the social conditions, which existed in the 1960s and 1970s. A large number of images focus upon education in the north; depicting schools, adult education centres, teachers and students. There are also many images, which depict types of housing found in various communities. Subjects covered include education, housing, transportation, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police ceremony to honour Special Constables in the north, recreational activities, Caribou Carnivals in Yellowknife, Sports Day activities in Pangnirtung in 1971, and Toonik Tyme festivities in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit) circa 1970. Communities depicted include: Arctic Bay, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Colville Lake, Coppermine, Detah, Eskimo Point (Arviat), Fort Chimo, Fort Good Hope, Fort Liard, Fort McPherson, Fort Norman, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Fort Wrigley, Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit), Hall Beach, Hay River, Igloolik, Inuvik, Nahanni Butte, Norman Wells, Pangnirtung, Pelly Bay, Pond Inlet, Port Burwell, Rae-Edzo, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, Sachs Harbour, Spence Bay (Taloyoak), Tuktoyaktuk and Yellowknife. The two DAT audio cassettes (items :0522 and :0523) document the first meeting of the Great Slave Lake Housing Association which was held at Hay River in July, 1969.

Western Arctic New Democratic Party

The textual records consist of financial statements for 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991, as well as correspondence from 1975 to 1990. One file has the meetings and conventions of 1979, 1980 and 1981; another has campaign literatures for Gerry Weaver, Peter Kusugak, Wally Firth, and Wayne Cahill. The audiocassettes contain recordings of the nomination meeting held on June 25, 1988. Speakers include Audrey MacLachlin, Fernand Denault, Jody Whyte, Dennis Bevington, Wayne Cahill and Gerry Weaver.

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.

Inuvialuit Social Development Program

Records are comprised of the final report on the Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island) Cultural Study, and English and Inuvialuktun transcriptions and translations of the interviews. There is also an alphabetical subject/name index for the interviews conducted in 1990 and those conducted in the 1991 Yukon North Slope Cultural Resources Survey. In addition, there are duplicate sound recordings consisting of 35 audiocassettes and tape summaries of the 35 interviews. The Inuvialuit elders interviewed were: Ishmael Alunik, Renie Arey, Jane Esau, Alex Gordon, Hope Gordon, Persis Gruben, Kathleen Hansen, Fred Inglangasuk, Lucy Inglangasuk, Bella Jacobsen, Jimmy Jacobsen, Dora Malegana, Joe Nasogaluak, Sarah Meyook, Albert Oliver, Jean Tardiff, Peter Thrasher and Agnes Gruben White. A short biography of each of these people is contained in the final report. The interviews were conducted at Aklavik, Inuvik, Tuktoyaktuk and Herschel Island. Subjects include fishing, hunting, whaling, spiritual beliefs, clothing, methods of transportation, dances, food preparation, traditional healing, houses, and place names. There is also genealogical information on the Inuvialuit who lived on Herschel Island.

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).

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.

Rene Fumoleau

The sound recordings were made in Fort Good Hope 1957. Items numbered :0001 to :0005 correspond to original reels. The recordings include Dene chants (drum dance music); radio broadcasts and an interview with Father Fumoleau.

Frank Gonda

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.

Heather Metcalfe

The textual records consists of a list of the place names recorded, English translations and official names. The Dogrib names are spelled using the standardized Dogrib orthography. The two sound recordings contain an interview conducted by Heather Metcalf with Johnny Eyakfwo, a Dogrib elder. Francis Blackduck was the translator. The purpose of the interview was to record Dogrib traditional place names.

David Pelly

The sound recordings contain interviews with elders from Cambridge Bay, which were conducted by David Pelly while working on the Mount Pelly Territorial Park Project.

Sylvester Drabitt

The images document the central arctic. The videocassette was filmed in 1964 and contains images of the eastern arctic and the C.D. Howe medical patrol. The audio cassette is entitled "Victory at Sea - Last Patrol of the C.D. Howe."

Rene Fumoleau

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 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.

David Pelly

The sound recordings date from the 1990s and were recorded by David Pelly for a project entitled "Traditional Knowledge of Seals." The recordings contain interviews conducted by the donor with elders in Sanikiluaq for the purposes of writing a book about Inuit and seals.

Grollier Hall

The textual records include files containing academic performance comments and observations of student behavior dated between 1994-1996 as well as nine journals that contain notes about the academic performance of students and recordings of daily events and activities at Grollier Hall. The notes and journals were kept by Grollier Hall supervisors. The photographs are from 1977-1993 and depict Grollier Hall students, activities and class trips. The 12 videocassettes depict activities and dances at Grollier Hall, drum dances, the 1988 Carnival and the 1993 year end awards banquet. The audiocassette is a recording of the 1990 Graduation at Grollier Hall.

Beryl Gillespie

This material was generated by field work conducted by Beryl Gillespie, an anthropologist who visited the communities of Detah, Rae, Yellowknife, Fort Norman (Tulita) and Fort Franklin (Deline) between 1968 and 1972. The photographs, slides and negatives depict the people she interviewed and the communities that she visited. The textual material consists of field notes containing information and stories collected from the following families: Clement, Lennie, Andrew, Norwegian, Wright, Naedzo, Gladue, Karkagie, Gully, Sangris, Thomas, Abel, Potfighter, Crapeau, Drygeese, Fishbone, Blondin, Bruno, Martin, Mackenzie, Liske, Tobie, Betsina, Charlo, Baillargeon, Hetchile, Vital, Pochat, Yakeleya, Bernard, Mendo, Yukon and Etchinele. The two audio cassettes appear to be taped stories told by Gabriel Etchinele and Fred Andrew. Both stories are in Slavey. The first story was told by Gabriel Etchinele on October 18, 1972 and is the story about Dendejule. The English translation by Stella Mendo is available in the field notes. The second audio cassette contains a story told by Fred Andrew on October 25, 1972 about the Ehbaotine and Mountain Indian Conflict. The English translation by Laura Yakelaya is available in the field notes.

Dogrib Birchbark Canoe Project

The textual records consist of proposals, project reports, logs for the videocassettes, and letters of support for the project. The moving images contain stock footage of the construction a birchbark canoe for the Dogrib Birchbark Canoe Project as well as two professionally produced broadcast versions of the project; one version is 0:29 in length, the other 0:40.

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