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Dillon, Barb
N-1992-179 · Accession · 1983

This accession consists of 22 colour negatives of Inuvik's 25th anniversary celebration, held July 18, 1983.

Dillon, Barb
Haley, Susan, b. 1949
N-1988-505 · Accession · [1987?]

This accession consists of an incomplete translation by Susan Haley of Father Emile Petitot's journal. Documented are Petitot's observations around Great Bear Lake and Fort Franklin.

Please note that the text includes discussions of violence, as well as outdated and disrespectful terms to refer to Indigenous peoples. We have reproduced these terms in the digitized document because they are a part of the original historical record. If you have questions or feedback please contact NWT Archives.

Fred North collection
N-2011-005 · Accession · [1959-1979?]

The images document Fred North's time in Inuvik (1957-1963 as principal of Sir Alexander Mackenzie School; 1965-1966 either as vice-principal of the new school or back at SAMS; 1967-1973 at one of the schools, probably as principal), Fort Simpson (1963-1965 as school principal) and Yellowknife (1973-1979 - spent one or two years as school principal in Lac la Martre / Whatı̀. Then he served as Superintendent of School Services-Operations ordering furnishings and supplies for all NWT schools). The images show schools, students, teachers, and classrooms, as well as northern events like carnivals, royal visits, and Northern Games. There are also images of various communities and the buildings within them.

North, Fred
N-1992-069 · Accession · 1985

The plan was produced in response to the City of Yellowknife's call for proposals for development plans for the city's waterfront areas and includes detailed lot drawings of Latham Island, Jolliffe Island and the Old Town area of Yellowknife.

N-1992-056 · Accession · 1948

This accession consists of one draft plan, registration number WCFUA 239776, and four photographic reproductions of plans indicating the lot boundaries for the City of Yellowknife in 1948. These plans were compiled for the Western Canada Insurance Underwriter's Association, and the original draft plan is reproduced on one of the four reprints purchased from the PAC. The four reprints are from the National Map Collection, reference numbers: 0007859 - sheets 1-4. These plans include the original names given to many of the streets in the new town area of Yellowknife.

Western Canada Insurance Underwriter's Association
N-1992-089 · Accession · 1974

The accession consists of one blueprint of a "Plan of Site Survey showing fill and improvements on water lots 1 to 9, block G, Yellowknife. Scale 1" to 50'. Block G covers part of Latham Island.

Canada. Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
G-1995-001 · Accession · [1958-1995]
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Public Works and Services fonds

The photographs were taken, collected or purchased by the photographer for the GNWT. The photographs depict the following subjects: images of people, communities in the Northwest Territories, scenery, wildlife, traditional land use, hospitals, Royal Canadian Mounted Police buildings, schools, infrastructure of communities, water, air and land transportation, sports and recreation, hunting, fishing, traditional clothing, political leaders, government buildings, camps, mines, DEW line sites, events such as Arctic Winter Games, Expo '86, Canada Day, churches, airports, housing, dogsledding, fauna, arts and crafts and performing arts. Many of the photographs were taken by Tessa MacIntosh, Bob Wilson, Fran Hurcomb, Bruce Sekulich and D. Milligan, Government Photographers in the 1980s and early-1990s.

Northwest Territories. Department of Public Works and Services. Systems and Communications division
G-1990-009 · Accession · 1984-1985, copied 1996
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services fonds

Records consist of materials collected as resource information for the project entitled "Two Faces of a Northern Neighbourhood: An Historical Evaluation of the Willow Flats - Woodyard" (1985) The material includes a photocopy of an historical assessment of the Woodyard. The 3 plans of the Woodyard area are dated 1946 and 1985. The DAT audio cassette contains interviews with former residents, June Magrum, John Larson and Mary Frost. In addition, there are data sheets and summaries of the interviews.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice and Public Services. Museums and Heritage division. Archaeology section
G-1988-006 · Accession · 1898-1915
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Justice fonds

Records consist of one bound volume containing the settlement plans (lots) for the communities of Fort Smith, Fort Resolution, Hay River, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Norman [Tulita], Fort Good Hope, Fort Liard, Fort Rae [Behchoko], Fort Wrigley, and Fort McPherson.

Northwest Territories. Department of Justice. Registries and Court Services division
308 · Fonds · [1951?-1990], 1977-1994

This fonds consists of approximately 8 meters of textual material, approximately 73,344 black and white and colour photographs in print, negative and slide formats including many duplicates, 224 audiocassettes, 165 audio reels, 5 DAT audiocassettes, 25 16-mm films, 15 videocassettes in Beta, VHS and Helical Scan videotape formats and 4 architectural drawings. The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Northwest Territories Archives generated the bulk of the textual material. The material consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by the Northwest Territories Archives with Father Louis Menez, Violet Beaulieu and Sven Johansson. Six of the audio reels contain stories that were recorded at the Miner's Mess restaurant as part of the Cultural Festival component of the 1990 Arctic Winter Games held in Yellowknife and feature storytelling by Claire Barnabe, Barb Bromley, Rene Fumoleau, Jim Green, Abe Okpik, Erik Watt, Lorne Schollar, D'Arcy Arden, George Blondin, Neil Colin, Mary Forrest, Pete Fraser, Joe Tobie and Jim Bourque. Other cassettes feature interviews with Ben Sutherland and Laura Loutitt. In addition, there are audiocassettes and English translations of an interview conducted by the Archaeology Section with Slavey Elder George Boots and video cassettes of "Drum Lake-Archaeology", "The Last Mooseskin Boat", and "Where Time Began". There are also records from the Northwest Territories Historical Advisory Board, the Northwest Territories Heritage Council and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, including the NWT Arts Council. Included are operational and administrative files from the Archaeological and Historic Sites program, Education and Extension program, Territorial Plaque program, Exhibits program, Museum grants and Northwest Territories Archives. Records from the Culture and Heritage Division (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre) consist of various administrative records concerning Land Use applications, minutes of various Culture and Heritage Division meetings, program reports, support for community heritage related efforts, promotional pamphlets, archaeology permit requests, museum policy development, and special Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre projects such as Trapline - Lifeline.

Also included are files on various conferences such as the Canadian Conference on Historical Resources, the Northern Museums Conference, and Committees such as the Interdepartmental Committee on Archaeology, the Canada-Northwest Territories Consultative Committee on Parks and the Museum Advisory Committee.

A small portion of the textual records were created by the Language Bureau including a Briefing Note for the Minister about the activities of the Language Bureau, a proposal from an consultant and input from the Language Bureau about an operational review of the division, an evaluation of the Language Bureau and comments on the NWT Literacy Strategy by the staff of the Language Bureau. The remainder of the files include records from the Athapaskan Language Steering Committee, the Dene Languages Committee and internal newsletters that were produced by the Language Bureau called Dene Yati, The Booth, Language Bureau Bulletin and one newsletter called Tusagatsait.

There are approximately 55,724 black and white and colour photographs in print, negative and slide formats that were generated or acquired by the Television and Radio Services Division, Department of Culture and Communications and by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. The collection of photographs from Television and Radio Services document the Government of the Northwest Territories involvement in housing, education and training, arts and crafts, tourism, transportation and industry. There are also images documenting native land use, community activities, special events such as Expo '86 and Arctic Winter Games, public buildings and housing, Commissioners of the Northwest Territories, NWT Council, the Legislative Assembly and Members of the Legislative Assembly. The photographs from the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre include photographs taken at Pine Point, Fort Resolution and Pangnirtung, as well as photographs created by archaeological and historic site surveys, and photographs of the Aviation Gallery at the Heritage Centre. The 132 audiocassettes, 155 sound reels and 4 DAT audio cassettes consist of recordings that were produced and collected by the Radio and Television Services Division of the Department of Culture and Communications between 1970-1986 and by the Northwest Territories Archives and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. The recordings include soundtracks for films, interviews, speeches, special effect sounds, Inuit throat singing and government programs such as the series "Behind Closed Doors-A Series on Spousal Assault in the Northwest Territories" and "So You Want to Start Your Own Business." The 25 16-mm films include copies of "You Can't Grow Potatoes Up There"; "Koukdjuak Crossing: Caribou Tagging on Baffin Island"; "Bathurst Inlet Caribou" (may also be titled: To Have Forever: Hunting the Bathurst Caribou Herd); "Nikko Island", "Wood Bison"; "Kellett's Storehouse"; "Yellowknife"; "Caribou"; "Heritage Centre Spots"; "Kissiutiyeet"; "Gordon Lake"; "Decisions"; "Future"; and "Anik Info Spots" (air prints). The Beta videocassettes contain videos produced by the Language Bureau of the Department of Culture and Communications. The films are entitled "MLA," "Home Maintenance-Northwest Territories Housing Corporation," "Home Maintenance-Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation" and "How the Fur Trade Works" which is in South Slavey. The two helical scan videos consist of a Keewatin Economic Development Conference and the film "Hire North." Another Betamax cassette is of "Rivers of Faith" documenting Pope John Paul II's visit to Fort Simpson in 1987. The architectural drawings were generated by a project through the Northwest Territories Archives in which the old Catholic Mission building in Fort Resolution was documented.

Also contained in this fonds are materials dating from 1986-1991 including 3 Baffin Bulletin newsletters, 2 spousal assault newsletters, a report on spousal abuse, a report on the traditional knowledge working group, a directory guide of Northern cultural and arts performers from approximately 1990, and various press releases.

Northwest Territories. Department of Culture and Communications (1985-1992)
279 · Fonds · 1923-1973

This fonds consists of approximately 44 meters of textual records and approximately 70 photographs created and accumulated by the Northern Administration Branch and its various predecessors, from 1923 to 1971. The material was generated by the Federal government's activities in administering the Northwest Territories. Most of the records (over 34 m of textual records) are composed of files transferred from Ottawa to Yellowknife beginning in 1967, and include administrative and operational files. The majority of these files date between 1949 and 1967 and incorporate: correspondence, reports, vital statistic information, financial data, minutes, and a wide variety of reference material kept by the department. The files were classified via a numerical block system. The block system consisted of primary, secondary and tertiary levels such that a composite file number (for example 311-105-93) would represent a progression from general subject matter to a specific subject and/or location. The following primary blocks arrange the files:

100 - Administration;
200 - Economic and Industrial Development;
300 - Engineering Projects;
400 - Forests and Game;
500 - Public Service;
600 - Education;
1000 - General files on settlements, associations, companies, provinces, foreign countries, Inuit affairs, and resources;
20 - Individual case files;
3 - Personnel and organizational files.

None of the 700, 800 or 900 block files were forwarded to the NWT Archives. Moreover, at the time of transfer from Ottawa, it appears that other records from the file blocks brought to Yellowknife were culled in Ottawa. In addition, not all government functions were transferred in 1967, and some files contain records generated after 1967 from the continued administration of a function either by the federal government or from the use of the files by the new Territorial Government. A small number of photographs were located in the files during processing, however, these images have been left in their original files.

Additional accruals to this fonds make up another 10 meters of textual records and include the Northern Administration Branch records from the Fort Churchill district office dating from 1960 to 1970, and Western Arctic education records from 1964 to 1969.

Other records of this fonds consist of: four ledgers kept between 1923 and 1967 documenting fur trapping and fur trading activities, four ledgers documenting fur and game take and value on registered trap lines, various licensing, and scientific research work; budget papers including estimates, expenditure statements and capital substantiation reports for 1966 to 1969; 2 supplementary readers, "Nuna" and "The Story of Papik an Eskimo Boy" compiled by the Curriculum Section of the Education Division from the journals of young Inuit children; and a 1954 report produced by C.C. Johnson, a Resident Engineer from Fort Smith. This report, entitled "Preliminary Report, Mackenzie Highway - Mills Lake Road" includes 31 corner mounted photographic prints and 16 black and white negatives. The report discusses plans to build a road to Mills Landing. In addition, there are copies of the Eskimo Bulletin dated from 1953-1959. The Eskimo Bulletin was produced by the Northern Administration and Land Branch in order to teach Inuit the English language.

Canada. Northern Administration Branch
Charles Harrman fonds
234 · Fonds · [1950-1967]

This fonds consists of 36 cm of textual material and 124 colour slides. The textual material is made up of 12 volumes of Harrman's journals dated August 6, 1959 to November 11, 1967, a manuscript of an unpublished story entitled "Lucy Beavertail," numerous short stories, sketchbooks, cards and personal records, including accounts. The 124 colour slides feature Rae and the paintings of Charles Harrman.

Harrman, Charles

The colour slides depict community buildings (schools, churches, hospitals), people, scenery, activities and special events in the following communities: Hay River, Fort Simpson, Fort Norman, Rae, Port Radium, Lac La Martre, Fort Good Hope, Fort Franklin, Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk, Yellowknife, Coppermine, Jean Marie River, Fort Liard, Nahanni region, Aklavik, Fort Resolution, Fort Smith, Fort Providence, Wrigley, Fort Fitzgerald, Arctic Red River, Reindeer Station, Whale Cove, Norman Wells, Iqaluit and Rocher River. In addition, 19 black and white photographs show children and housing conditions in Yellowknife and on Latham Island in 1969. There are also several images of Rae that portray people, the church, Treaty time and Chief Susie Bruneau. The majority of the films were produced by the Government of the Northwest Territories for different departments; the subject matter of the films deal with Prohibition in the North, education, the Mackenzie Bridge and life in the North.

Bob Jenkins collection
N-2000-001 · Accession · [1914-1959]

The images depict daily life, mine employees, the camp and mining operations at Port Radium. In addition, there are several images of Northern Transportation Company Limited tugboats, barges and paddle steamers, as well as locations such as Hay River, Norman Wells and Inuvik.

Jenkins, Bob
Miriam Leith fonds
73 · Fonds · [1959-1967]

This accession consists of 7.5 cm of textual records comprised of academic publications authored by Miriam Leith, as well as a large number of draft and research notes produced by Ms. Leith in her research on northern food and nutrition as well as housing programs. Files also contain correspondence and reports concerning northing housing programs. Related to Ms. Leith's work with the Adult Housing Education Program. Also included in the collection are copies of diet information and recipes distributed to the local people. Some of these materials are written in syllabics.

Leith, Miriam
312 · Fonds · 1966-2013

This fonds consists of approximately 28.26 meters of textual material, two reels of microfilm, 11 microfiches, 2 Betamax videocassettes, and 3 architectural drawings created by the NWT Housing Corporation. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence, minutes, reports and decision papers from the following committees and working groups: Board of Directors Human Resources Committee, Policy Committee, Finance Committee, Housing Committee, Prime Public Authority Steering Committee, Senior Management Committee, Advisory Committee, Housing and Services for the Aged and Handicapped Committee, Tripartite Management Committee, Planning and Monitoring Committee, Advisory Committee on Social Housing, Maintenance Management Review Committee, Staff Housing Infrastructure Review Committee, Retrofit 2 Review Committee, Informatics Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Social Envelope Committee, Maintenance Steering Committee, Harmonization Working Group, Harmonization Committee and Corporate Executive Committee. There are also minutes, reports and correspondence from District construction meetings, community consultation meetings including the community empowerment initiative and various inter-departmental committees.

The files from the policy and research programs relate to the development of a new Rent Scale Program, Homes for Seniors Program, and Northern Housing Program, and also include program delivery records for cost-shared programs with the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) such as the Rental Program, Emergency Repair Program, Homeownership Program and Residential Rehabilitation Program. There are also files related to a training education and development proposal, surveys and reviews of NWTHC programs, housing needs survey reports for the communities of Iqaluit, Kugluktuk, Yellowknife, Bay Chimo, Pelly Bay, Pond Inlet, Norman Wells, Wha Ti, Paulatuk and Snare Lake, as well as a case study on housing in Fort Good Hope. There is also material related to a review of the status of the Housing Corporation as a Crown Corporation and manuals and planning files related to the NWTHC Maintenance Management System, the Management Information System (MIS), Building and Learning Strategy and Core Need Income Threshold.

In addition, there are files relating to the relationship between the NWT Housing Corporation and district or regional housing authorities including files regarding the administration of the Local Housing Organization program, minutes of the meetings with regional housing authorities and signed management agreements with these regional housing authorities.

There is also a small number of files from the Operations Division and Finance and Infrastructure Services, including guidelines and policies related to social housing and modernization improvement program, an Electrical Use Study, and several files concerning the Corporation's involvement and response to the GNWT Utilities Reduction initiative. From Finance and Infrastructure Services there are policies and procedures manuals documenting financial functions of the NWT Housing Corporation. There are also agreements between the Housing Corporation and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Nunavut Housing Corporation, and the Northwest Territories Mortgage and Loan Company. There are also briefing books, President and Ministerial Chronos, the Brishaw Report, strategic planning material, organizational reviews, housing demand studies, work plans and decision papers related to the proposed amalgamation of the NWT Housing Corporation, Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works and Services, correspondence, reports and decision papers regarding the harmonization of social assistance programs (Education, Culture and Employment) and public housing programs. Also included is the Housing Implementation Strategy and an agreement regarding staff housing program responsibilities. There are also two Betamax format videotapes entitled: "Homeownership Assistance Program" and "House Construction (Part 1) Homeownership Assistance Program".

The files from the Programs and District Operations division include records about the Alternate Housing Program, the Home Improvement Program, the Rental Housing Admission process, consultations on CHMC program review, records from the Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP,) and the HAP Allocation Committee, consultations regarding Rent Scale, and policies and procedures for the Corporation. Also included is a small group of records about the Lease to Purchase Program, the Northern Territorial Rental Purchase Program, the Downpayment Assistance Program, the Direct Lending Program, the Rural and Remote Program, the Owner Build Program, the Remote Housing Program, the Rent Supplement Program, the Staff Housing Program, and housing for seniors. Also included are assessments of Local Housing Organizations (LHOs) and rent scale reports.

The files from the Policy, Programs and Informatics division include records about the Rent Supplement program and copies of NWT Housing Corporation policies, directives, and procedures.

Northwest Territories. NWT Housing Corporation (1972-present)
N-2015-009 · Accession · 1963-1969

The majority of the slides depict community life and residents of the communities of Fort Rae (Behchoko), Fort Providence, and Fort Simpson. There are also a few images from other communities in the NWT and several images depicting Dene children visiting Calgary on a field trip called "Operation Dogrib" organized by Emile and Evalyn Gautreau.

Gautreau, Emile
G-2023-027 · Accession · 1998-2008
Part of Northwest Territories. NWT Housing Corporation fonds

Accession includes records from the Infrastructure Development division of the NWT Housing Corporation, primarily design and construction project files, project correspondence, tender and contract administration, and negotiated contract files. Records document the Market Housing Initiative (modular housing), seniors housing initiatives in several communities, as well as technical reports and maintenance assessments of the Somba K'e Healing Lodge, Jimmy Erasmus Seniors Home, Inukshuk Housing Cooperative, and Rockhill Apartment Building.

G-2023-022 · Accession · 1991-2011
Part of Northwest Territories. NWT Housing Corporation fonds

Records in this accession primarily include design and construction project files. Also included are reports and surveys, partnership agreements, collective agreements, and documentation of the district office's administration of housing and homeownership programs.

Northwest Territories. NWT Housing Corporation. North Slave District Office