Accession N-2015-009 - Emile Gautreau photograph collection

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Emile Gautreau photograph collection

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  • 1963-1969 (Creation)
    Gautreau, Emile

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153 photographs (colour slides and transparencies)

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Emile Gautreau worked for the Canadian Forestry Service in the NWT from 1963 to 1969. He and his wife Evalyn lived in Calgary and Behchoko during this time and spent time in other communities in the NWT. They became friends with local Dene people and with the Grey Nuns and got involved in cultural exchange activities, including promoting Dene crafts to people in Calgary, organizing donations of used clothing to send to the NWT, and organizing a field trip for Dene children to Calgary. Emile received a Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967 for his work with the Dene people.

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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.

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      Copyright transferred to NWT Archives by donor.

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