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N-2001-016: CN-40A · Item · [ca. 1994]
Part of Metis Nation of the Northwest Territories fonds

This item is a series of nine short stories told by Bill Lafferty while on a boat trip on the Mackenzie River as he points out places of historical interest and speaks about the people connected to them. The original source item is side A of a 120 minute audio cassette. The stories have been edited and fiddle music added as an introduction, background, and conclusion to most of the segments. The first story is about Pete McEwan who lived by the delta of the North Nahanni and died after falling through the ice. Pete was an Irish Republican who spent 40 years trading with the Indigenous people of the area before his death. The second story centres on an area of high cliffs near where his uncle and father used to have beaver hunting camps, cabins, and trails from Carlson Lake Pass. Bill also speaks about Mount Camsell, where a face can be seen, thus giving the Indigenous name that a human spirit sits there. The third story focuses on the area near Berry Island and Carlson Creek, where Helge Carlson, a Swede, had a trading post. Bill makes special mention of Carlson's wife's gravesite, which is still cared for, and the fate of his two children who had been sent to Sweden for schooling. The fourth story centres on Julian Hardisty's Spring camp. Bill provides information on Julian's identity as a Metis man and his trapping locations and indicates that old stumps he cut and his beaver stretchers can still be found in the woods. Bill relates the fifth story at a bench Harry McGuerin (spelling?) used to cut wood. Bill discusses woodlots in general and the use of wood on steamboats, as well as providing personal details about McGuerin. The sixth story is about Ocher River and the origin of its name. Bill explains the use of the ochre clay in chinking cabins and also talks about a man panning for gold in the Ocher River. The seventh story centres on a strip of lime visible on one of the cliffs they pass on the river. Bill describes how such a landmark would be used by old river pilots to determine their distance from shore and also discusses the use of lime in building fireplaces. The eighth story centres on the location of old Fort Norman. Bill also talks about voyageurs and tracking along the sand beaches in the area when there was no wind. The final story is about an area where coal veins can be seen in the bank. Bill talks about the coal mine shaft that used to be there and the use of coal for the steamboats on the Mackenzie River.

[Musket from grave]
N-1988-028: 0150 · Item · [1941 or 1942]
Part of Mac Smee fonds

[A man (Mac Smee?) examining a musket from a grave at Kittigazuit (Kitigaaryuit), an Inuvialuit site]

[NWT Archives has chosen not to show this image online because it includes handling of grave goods. If you have questions or comments, please contact NWT Archives.]

Musket from Grave
N-1988-028: 0149 · Item · [1941 or 1942]
Part of Mac Smee fonds

[A man (Mac Smee?) examining a musket from a grave at Kittigazuit (Kitigaaryuit), an Inuvialuit site]

[NWT Archives has chosen not to show this image online because it includes handling of grave goods. If you have questions or comments, please contact NWT Archives.]

Arctic Red Spring III 1957
N-1996-005: 0002 · Item · 1957
Part of Robert C. Knights fonds

[This film includes footage of the RCMP detachment, single quarters, warehouses, and Special Constable's house in Arctic Red River (now Tsiigehtchic) in winter. View of the Hudson Bay house and store. Joe Jerome with dog team and younger brother, who picks up dog whip. View of Tsiigehtchic in winter from a variety of viewpoints. Betty Jerome with RCMP dogs. View of the RCMP dog pens and dogs. Joe Natze holds puppies.

Corporal Roger Moore greeting court party. Wardair Otter airplane (CF-IFP) on skis leaving Tsiigehtchic.

NWT Mace being carried by R.C. Knights in red serge uniform, Commissioner Robertson walking behind, in late August 1956, for NWT Council session. View of a floatplane taxiing.

Note that the final 1:29 of the film, which includes footage of the examination and transportation of a dead body, is not available online.]

Knights, Robert C.
N-1996-005: 0001 · Item · 1956-1957
Part of Robert C. Knights fonds

[This film includes footage of RCMP Beech 18 airplane (CF-MPI) which R.C. Knights and other RCMP staff posted to the Western Arctic took on June 2, 1956, flying from Edmonton to Fort Smith. RCMP members at the airport are Ken Allen and John Walsh.

After 10 days they flew to Hay River to wait another four days for the RCMP schooner Aklavik II to arrive, bringing out those staff who had finished their 3 year tour and take new staff north. Two members painting the detachment roof are John White and Ken Allen. The RCMP speedboat footage is shot near Hay River, and the waterfall is Alexandra Falls.

The group departed Hay River on June 22nd 1956, with John Walsh and Bill Storr seen on board, towing a new RCMP schooner for Herschel Island. Barges and tug (possibly the Expeditor?) seen on the Mackenzie River. Sunset in Fort Simpson.

View of Tulita (formerly Fort Norman) and Bear Rock. View of Norman Wells shoreline, the Mackenzie River Ramparts, Fort Good Hope, and leaving Tsiigehtchic (formerly Arctic Red River).

On July 18, 1956 R.C. Knights was sent from Aklavik to East Three to open the first RCMP outpost in what would become Inuvik. A crane unloading lumber in East Three from barge to truck. Father Bern Will Brown's house is seen behind the truck and crane. Construction of new dock at East Three.

The first NWT Council sessions held in the Western Arctic opened on August 23rd, 1956 and finished August 31st. Footage of flying RCMP Commissioner Nicholson (a member of NWT Council) via RCMP Norseman airplane to Whitefish Station, Tuktoyaktuk and back to East Three (Inuvik).

Footage of Commissioner, Special Constable Otto Binder and Constable John Walsh shown walking around and looking at sled dogs and whale meat and maktak at Whitefish Station. Footage of Inuvialuit people at Whitefish Station. Aerial views of pingos and communities in Tuktoyaktuk region.

View of the RCMP Schooner Aklavik II leaving Tsiigehtchic (formerly Arctic Red River) for Aklavik. View of canoes and boats on shore below Tsiigehtchic. View of the Arctic Red River frozen. Mike Sheridan with caterpillar tractor. Special Constable Andre Jerome fishing for winter dog food supply, making stick fish. View of sled dogs eating fish. Mike Sheridan hauling stick fish to detachment with caterpillar tractor. Special Constable Andre Jerome cutting and hauling winter water supply in ice blocks. Sunset.]

Knights, Robert C.
Robert C. Knights
N-1996-005 · Accession · 1956-1957
Part of Robert C. Knights fonds

The three films document movement on the Mackenzie River, as well as activities in the Beaufort Delta and in Tsiigehtchic (then Arctic Red River). Footage includes airplanes, boats, maktak drying, pingos, sled dogs, fishing, creating stick fish, sawing ice, running dog teams, spring break up, the NWT Mace, and the transportation of a dead body (not available online).

N-1996-005: 0003 · Item · 1956-1957
Part of Robert C. Knights fonds

[This film includes footage of Special Constable Andre Jerome harnessing and running dog teams on trails through bush on a Sunday exercise run close to Tsiigehtchic (previously Arctic Red River), likely with Corporal Roger Moore.

Canadian Pacific Otter airplane (CF-CZO) on river on skis.

Andre Jerome hooking up sled dogs for patrol to Fort McPherson with Corporal Roger Moore.

View of the Mackenzie River frozen, and the Arctic Red broken but held back. Andre Jerome looking at the Arctic Red River. View of the Mackenzie break up. View of flooding damage in Tsiigehtchic. View of floatplane CF-CZO arriving and leaving.]

Knights, Robert C.
G-1992-036 · Accession · 1982-1983
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services fonds

The recordings, often referred to as the Dene Music Project, were made at four different Dene communities and each performance consisted of numerous songs. For identification purposes, each performance or recording session has been given a unique item number regardless of the number of physical tapes or songs it may incorporate. Included among the recordings are the master reels (:0009) compiled from a selection from original recordings. These reels were to be used in the production of the published record. Reference cassettes for most of the recordings are available. The textual records consists of documentation on each of the recording sessions. The black and white photographic negatives and corresponding contact sheets were taken during the recording sessions. Final appraisal and selection of the photographic negatives (items :0010-:0088) was completed in March 2013. Items :0004, :0006 and :0008 - original masters are cassettes. All other items have reel to reels as original masters.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services. Museums and Heritage division
N-2009-009: 0001 · Item · 1994
Part of NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines fonds

One recording of Cyril John Baker (Yellowknife Johnny). The recording, produced for the the 1994 NWT Mining Week, includes his thoughts and impressions of his discovery of the RICH claim in 1934 and his work in the Yellowknife area in the 1930s.

Rene Fumoleau
N-2005-021 · Accession · 1976-1979
Part of Rene Fumoleau fonds

The three film reels are of "I Was Born Here;" "I Was Born Here French version" (also known as 'Mon pays est ma vie'), and "Dene Nation" (First Answer Print). The BetaCam videocassette and DVCam videocassette are copies of "Mon pays est ma vie." René Fumoleau produced the 1976 film, I Was Born Here (Mon pays est ma vie, 1977) and directed Dene Nation in 1979. "Dene Nation" was produced by the Dene Nation. View I was Born Here:

Metis Nation
N-2019-001: 1547 · Item · Oct 3 [1996]
Part of YK Photo fonds

Metis Nation [Portrait of man, Mike Paulette]

348 · Fonds · [1992-1996]

This fonds consists of approximately 1.7 meters of textual material generated by the workings of the Constitutional Development Steering Committee (CDSC). The records include minutes and agendas from the CDSC, the CDSC Executive Committee and CDSC Management Group. In addition, there are files from the various member groups that belonged to the CDSC, such as the Deh Cho Tribal Council, Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, Gwich'in Tribal Council, NWT Association of Municipalities, NWT Treaty 8 Tribal Council, Inuvialuit Regional Council, Metis Nation, Native Women's Association/Status of Women Council, Sahtu Secretariat Inc. and the South Slave Metis Tribal Council. The remaining material consists CDSC conference reports, work plans, staffing information and documentation of research activities conducted by the CDSC.

Constitutional Development Steering Committee
N-2018-010: 07012 · Item · May 1980
Part of Native Communications Society fonds

[Several people sitting on top of the cab and raised back of a large Pacific Western airport truck (Cargo Loader), likely spectators at an air show in Yellowknife]

N-1992-501 · Accession · 1992

Records include sound recordings of interviews conducted as part of the Great Bear Lake Oral History Project in 1992. Topics discussed include settlement patterns around Great Bear Lake before Deline (Fort Franklin) was established, traditional place names in the Great Bear Lake area, the settlement of Deline (Fort Franklin), Slavey social life and customs, fishing, hunting and Slavey games. People interviewed included Jean Baptiste, Julie Baptiste, Madeline Baton, Paul Baton, Peter Baton, Madeline Bayha, Christine Cleary, Melanie Elemie, Margaret Kenny, Marie Therese (Sr.) Kenny, Bella Modeste, Camilla Takazo, Louie Taniton, Rosa Taniton, Francis Tatti, Cecile Tetso, Adeline Vital, Dora Vital and Johnny Vital. The interviews are in North Slavey; most recordings include introductions and summaries in English.

Great Bear Lake Oral History Project