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Cinefilm and Video series

The series consists of records created or acquired by the Oblates of the Vice-Province of Mackenzie in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Arctic. The recordings consist of amateur footage and produced material, and subjects may include Oblate home movies, various communities, missions, schools and residential schools, religious events and activities.

The film and video includes recordings of pilgrimages, carnivals, nuns, nurses and convents, local buildings and hospitals, stables, camps, local people and families, their communities, the timber industry, transportation, sports, and indigenous peoples of Canada’s north.

Cinefilm and Video series

The series consists of recordings created and collected by the Oblates of the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan, and primarily relate to Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Arctic. The records consist of professional and amateur film and videos of events in various First Nations communities and include religious events such as masses, vow and ordination celebrations, Christmas activities, weddings and funerals.

The film and video includes recordings of sports and outdoor activities and events such as hockey, fishing, dogsledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The films also show nuns, students, nurses, local buildings and hospitals, transportation and infrastructure, highways, lakes and boats. In addition, the series includes recordings of the First Nations people and families and many aspects of their communities.

Communiques and Publications sub-series

This sub-series consists of publications created and acquired by the Oblate administration related to the Vice-Province of MacKenzie. The publications include newsletters of the Roman Catholic Church and Oblates, and personnel directories and circulars. The circulars at the provincial level include news of recent events, business requirements, notices of meetings and retreats, as well as notices of obligations and important works.

Communiques and Publications sub-series

This sub-series consists of publications of the Oblate administration related to administrative structure at a provincial and world-wide level. The publications include letters from Oblates and notices of newly published works. The circulars at the provincial level include news of recent events, business requirements, notices of meetings and retreats, as well as notices of obligations and important works.

Specifically, the sub-series includes publications of the General House, such as “AROMI,” “Catechism Ladder,” “Entre-Nous,” “État général du personnel de la congrégation des missionnaires oblats de Marie Immaculée,” “Missio,” “Notre Midi,” “Our Heritage,” “Personnel abrégé de la congrégation des missionnaires oblats de Marie Immaculée,” “Petites annals de la congrégation des missionnaires oblats de Marie Immaculée,” and “Revue apostolique de Marie Immaculée.”

This sub-series also includes directories, obituaries, general state of personnel, personnel summaries, list of Oblates, Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) information, OMI documentation, OMI forums, OMI couriers, OMI communiqués, newsletters, letters, OMI personnel, OMI Rome personnel, explanations, congregation members, exhibitions, photographs for the Brother Anthony brochure, annual calendars, and articles.

Communiques and Publications sub-series

his sub-series includes the publications of the Oblate administration. They provide a background to the administrative structure and events in Grouard at a provincial, vice-provincial, as well as a Catholic diocesan level. The sub-series consists of records pertaining to Vice-Province of Grouard personnel, letters to the clergy of the Archdiocese of St. Paul, the “La Voix de Grouard” from 1942 to 1985, and Grouard circulars.

Correspondence with Provincials of Other Provinces sub-series

These records consist of correspondence between the Vice-Provinces of Grouard, James Bay and Labrador and Whitehorse and the Provinces of Manitoba, the North, Canada, St. Joseph, St. Mary’s, St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s, St. François-Xavier, the United States, Haiti, St. John the Baptist, Canada-East and Europe.

Correspondence with Provincials of Other Provinces sub-series

This sub-series consists of administrative records of the Provincial of the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan, in his dealings with the Provincials of other provinces in Canada and abroad. The sub-series also includes those of subordinates to the Provincial, but dealing with matters at the provincial level. The records include those concerning theological issues, rules and laws within respective civil administrations, local education, pastoral letters to clergy and evaluations of staff.

Specifically, the sub-series includes correspondence with: the Provincial of the Province of Manitoba; the Provincial of St. Paul’s Province in British Columbia; the Provincial of St. Mary’s Province in Saskatchewan; the Provincial of the Province of Eastern Canada. As well, the sub-series includes correspondence with the Provincials of the Provinces of: Asia and Africa, Europe, France, Latin America, and the United States.

Correspondence with the Papal Curia sub-series

This sub-series consists of photocopies of original correspondence between the Vice-Province of Mackenzie and the Vatican on all issues and matters of relevance to the administration of the vice-province. The records include those concerning situations where reporting or consultation with Rome is required, such as the administration of provinces, appointment of priests, state of the missions, missionary rules, the state of evangelization, the rules and hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and its representatives in the Vatican, Rome, Ottawa and in the Vice-Province of Mackenzie.

Specifically, the sub-series includes manuscripts on masses, missions and transcriptions of codices related to Athabasca, AB, Fond du Lac, SK, Fort Chipewyan, AB, Fort Providence, NWT, and Great Bear Lake, NWT.

Correspondence with the Papal Curia sub-series

This sub-series consists of correspondence between the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan and the Vatican on all issues and matters of relevance to the administration of the province. The records include those concerning situations where reporting or consultation with Rome is required, such as the division of provinces, appointment of priests, state of the missions, missionary rules, the state of evangelization, the rules and hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and its representatives in the Vatican, Rome, Ottawa and in the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan.

Specifically, the sub-series includes correspondence with the Vatican and copies of letters from western Canada sent to Rome and maintained in the Oblate archives in Rome; correspondence dealing with church matters of the Oblate Congregation, including missions, sacred matters and vocations; Encyclical letters, official records relating to the Roman Catholic religion and issued by the Pope; correspondence with the Apostolic Delegation in Ottawa; Propagation of the Faith reports and annual reports to Rome providing information on Oblate priests, and on the administrative and financial situation of the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan.

Correspondence with the Superior General sub-series

This sub-series consists of correspondence between the Oblate Congregation in the Vice-Province of Mackenzie and the Superior General, whose role was to set and enforce the rules of the Congregation. The records include those between the Oblate Vicariate of Missions and the Provincial House and the administration in Rome, and deal with the relationships between the Vicar of Missions / Vice-Provincials and the Superior General on the administration of the Congregation. The matters include those controlled by the administration in Rome, and the impact on western Canada and Oblate administration over time.

Specifically, the sub-series includes correspondence to and from the vice-provincial House and the Superior General in Rome; annual and five-year reports relating to Oblate administration; Canonical visits.

Financial Records series

The series consists of financial records that document all financial transactions completed, directly or indirectly by the Oblates in the course of the work performed in the Vice-Province of Grouard. The records consist of Fort Smith and Slave Lake financial reports, land transfers to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Girouxville, Alberta, and records on properties they owned in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Financial Reports sub-series

This sub-series of records consists of financial reports for the Province, the General Chapter, St. Joachim and St. Vital. There are also annual reports for the Oblate House. There are also lists of donations, journals, registers of expenses, allocations, and receipts for the Provincial administration and various missions. Furthermore, there are books of intended masses performed and missed for the Provincial Commissary.

General Correspondence sub-series

This sub-series consists of correspondence of a general nature between the Vice-Provincial of Mackenzie, Oblates and other clergy on various issues and matters of relevance to the administration of the Vicariate / Vice-Province. The records include those concerning administrative and financial issues, the placement of priests, the relationship between clergy and lay people, expenses, indigenous affairs and Oblate work with the communities and the federal government.

The subjects of the records are wide ranging in nature. Specifically, they deal with the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), notes on transportation, agriculture, indigenous people, and clergy and missions.

Institutions series

This series consists of records created or acquired in the course of the administration of institutions established or maintained by the Oblates in the Vice-Province of Mackenzie. A direct tool and means to propagate the Catholic faith, the Oblates created or ran these institutions to help evangelize various communities, both secular and religious. The series includes records of administration of educational institutions, including local community and mission schools, residential schools, as well as administrative records of institutions for religious training and retreat.

Institutions series

This series relates to the administration of Oblate-run or administered institutions, and Catholic organized schools in the Vice-Province of Grouard. These records include institutional material from the noviciate training centre, École Héritage in Jean-Côté, École Holy Family School in Peace River, Fahler College, and the Assumption Indian Residential school.

Institutions series

This series includes records created or acquired in the course of the administration of institutions established or maintained by the Oblates in the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan. A direct tool and means to propagate the Catholic faith, the Oblates created or ran these institutions to help evangelize various communities, both secular and religious. The series includes records of the administration of educational institutions, including local community and mission schools, residential schools, as well as administrative records of institutions for religious training and retreat.

Localities, Missions and Parishes series

This series relates largely to the administration of parishes, missions and other localities within Grandin Province, covering the area of Alberta and portions of western Saskatchewan. The records in this series vary according to each mission and parish, but can include codices historici which are daily journals written by the Oblates about the parishes and missions and its surrounding communities, libri animarum which are records of families, histories of given names, dates of births and deaths and marriages accumulated by Oblates, correspondence with the Provincial or the Bursar, correspondence with the local diocese, property and land records, financial reports and accounts, list of personnel, histories of the parish, newsletters, church bulletins, diaries, press clippings and scrapbooks.

Community material can include brochures, censuses, interviews, records of construction, press clippings, advertisements, articles, local planning or committee records, newsletters, genealogy records, project files, weather related material, school yearbooks, bulletins, and pamphlets specific to the locale.

The series also includes textual records and images of various Indian Residential Schools and their surrounding communities, such as Assumption, Brocket, Cardston, Cluny, Desmarais, Fort Chipewyan, Grouard, Dunbow, Hobbema [Maskwacis], Joussard, St Albert, Blue Quills, and Sturgeon Lake in Alberta. As well, some records relate to the following Saskatchewan schools, Delmas, Duck Lake, Onion Lake, as well as St. Patrick’s orphanage in Prince Albert.

The series includes numerous photographs, negatives and transparencies of local communities, subjects and activities. These include images of missions and churches and convents, residential schools, hospitals, buildings, industry and settlements. Images relate to members of the communities, students, teachers, clergy and nuns. Events include family and community celebrations, religious events, marriages, sports such as hockey, skiing, diving and ice carving, activities such as the Queen’s visit, the Papal visit, gardening, floods, oil work, burials, fires and other experiences of the communities.

The records pertain to the following locations: Aklavik, NWT, Albertville, SK, Aldina, SK, Arctic Red River, NWT, Assumption, AB, Athabasca, AB, Batoche, SK, Battleford, SK, Beacon Hill, SK, Beauval, SK, Biggar, SK, Big River, SK, Brocket, AB, Buffalo Narrows, SK, Calgary, AB, Calling Lake, AB, Calville Lake, NWT, Cambridge Bay, NU, Canoe Lake, SK, Cardston, AB, Cluny, AB, Cochin, SK, Cold Lake, AB, Coppermine, NWT, Cut Knife, SK, Deline, NWT, Delmas, SK, Denholm, SK, Desmarais, AB, Drayton Valley, AB, Duck Lake, SK, Dunvegan, AB, Eaglesham, AB, Edmonton, AB, Falher, AB, Fishing Lake, AB, Fond du Lac, SK, Fort Carlton, SK, Fort Chipewyan, AB, Fort Cumberland, SK, Fort Good Hope, NWT, Fort MacLeod, AB, Fort McMurray, AB, Fort Norman, NWT, Fort Pitt, SK, Fort Providence, NWT, Fort Rae, NWT, Fort Resolution, NWT, Fort Simpson, NWT, Fort Smith, NWT, Fort Vermilion, AB, Fort Wrigley, NWT, Frog Lake, AB, Girouxville, AB, Gleichen, AB, Green Lake, SK, Grimshaw, AB, Grollier Hall, NWT, Grouard, AB, Hafford, SK, Hardieville, SK, Hay Lake, NWT, Hay River, NWT, High Level, AB, Hobbema [Maskwacis], AB, Ile à la Crosse, SK, Inuvik, NWT, Jackfish Lake, AB, Jasmin, SK, Jean Côté, AB, Joseph Bighead Reserve, SK, Joussard, AB, Keheewin, AB, Lac Caribou, SK, Lac La Biche, AB, Lac La Rouge, SK, Lac Ste-Anne, AB, Le Pas, MB, Lethbridge, AB, Letty Harbour, NWT, Maidstone, SK, Makwa, SK, Maple Creek, SK, Marie Reine, AB, Meadow Lake, SK, Muskeg Lake, SK, Nampa, AB, North Battleford, SK, Notre-Dame de Lourdes, NWT, Okotoks, AB, One Arrow Reserve, SK, Onion Lake, SK, Ouelletteville, AB, Patuanak, SK, Paulatuk, NWT, Paynton, SK, Peace River, AB, Pelican Lake, SK, Pine Point, NWT, Ponoka, AB, Portage La Loche, SK, Poundmaker Reserve, SK, Prince Albert, SK, Radisson, SK, Red Pheasant Reserve, SK, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Saddle Lake, SK, Saskatoon, SK, Slave Lake, AB, Snowdrift, NWT, Spirit River, AB, St. Albert, AB, St. Cyr, SK, St. Isidore, AB, St. Laurent, SK, St. Paul des Métis, AB, Standoff, AB, Sturgeon Lake, AB, Sturgeon Lake, SK, Thunderchild Reserve, SK, Trout Lake, AB, Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, Wabasca, AB, Wabush, SK, Waseca, SK, Waterhen, SK, Willow Bunch, SK, Winterburn, AB, and Yellowknife, NWT.

Localities, Missions and Parishes series

This series relates largely to the administration of parishes, missions and other localities within the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan, covering the area of Alberta and portions of western Saskatchewan. The records in this series vary according to each mission and parish, but can include codices historici which are daily journals written by the Oblates about the parishes and missions and its surrounding communities, libri animarum which are records of families, histories of given names, dates of births and deaths and marriages accumulated by Oblates, correspondence with the Provincial or the Bursar, correspondence with the local diocese, property and land records, financial reports and accounts, list of personnel, histories of the parish, newsletters, church bulletins, diaries, press clippings and scrapbooks.

Community material can include brochures, censuses, interviews, records of construction, press clippings, advertisements, articles, local planning or committee records, newsletters, genealogy records, project files, weather related material, school yearbooks, bulletins, and pamphlets specific to the locale.

The series also includes textual records and images of various Indian Residential Schools and their surrounding communities, such as Assumption, Brocket, Cardston, Cluny, Desmarais, Fort Chipewyan, Grouard, Dunbow, Hobbema [Maskwacis], Joussard, St Albert, Blue Quills, and Sturgeon Lake in Alberta. As well, some records relate to the following Saskatchewan schools, Delmas, Duck Lake, Onion Lake, as well as St. Patrick’s orphanage at Prince Albert.

The series includes numerous photographs, negatives and transparencies of local communities, subjects and activities. These include images of missions and churches and convents, residential schools, hospitals, buildings, industry and settlements. Images relate to members of the communities, students, teachers, clergy and nuns. Events include family and community celebrations, religious events, marriages, sports such as hockey, skiing, diving and ice carving, activities such as the Queen’s visit, the Papal visit, gardening, floods, oil work, burials, fires and other experiences of the communities.

The records pertain to the following locations: Albertville, SK, Aldina, SK, Ardmore, AB, Assumption, AB, Athabasca, AB, Athabasca Landing, AB, Atmore, AB, Banff, AB, Barnegat, AB, Barrhead, AB, Batoche, SK, Battleford, SK, Beacon Hill, SK, Bear Lake, BC, Beaver Crossing, SK, Beaver Lake, AB, Belloy, AB, Big River, SK, Blackfoot Crossing, AB, Black Lake, SK, Bonnyville, AB, Boyle, AB, Breynat, AB, Brocket, AB, Brosseau, AB, Buffalo River, NWT, Cabana, SK, Calgary, AB, Calling Lake, AB, Canmore, AB, Canyon Creek, AB, Cardston, AB, Carlton, SK, Carstairs, AB, Chauvin, AB, Christopher Lake, SK, Cluny, AB, Cochin, SK, Cochrane, AB, Cold Lake, AB, Crowsnest Pass, AB, Cut Knife, SK, Dapp, AB, Delmas, SK, Denholm, SK, Desmarais, AB, Donnelly, AB, Driftpile, AB, Duck Lake, SK, Duhamel, AB, Dunbow, AB, Dunvegan, AB, Edmonton, AB, Edson, AB, Egg Lake, AB, Eleske, AB, Elizabeth Colony, AB, Elk Point, AB, Faith, AB, Faust, AB, Fish Creek, AB, Fishing Lake, AB, Fond du Lac, SK, Fort des Prairies, AB, Fort Kent, AB, Fort MacLeod, AB, Fort McMurray, AB, Flat Lake, AB, Frenchman’s Butte, SK, Frog Lake, SK, Gleichen, AB, Goodfish Lake, AB, Goodridge, AB, Grand Centre, AB, Grande Cache, AB, Green Lake, SK, Grouard, AB, Gunnar, SK, Gurneyville, AB, Hafford, SK, Hinton, AB, Hobbema [Maskwacis], AB, Holyoke, AB, Hussar, AB, Ile-à-la-Crosse, SK, Jackfish Lake, AB, Joussard, AB, Kikino, AB, Kinuso, AB, Lac Athabasca, AB, Lac Athabasca, SK, Lac Brochet, MB, Lac Caribou, MB, Lac-en-Long, AB, Lac La Biche, AB, Lac La Nonne, AB, Lac La Salle, SK, La Corey, AB, Lac Ste-Anne, AB, Lac Vert, SK, Lafond, AB, Lashburn, SK, Lebret, SK, Leduc, AB, Legal, AB, Le Goff, AB, Lethbridge, AB, Linaria, AB, Maidstone, SK, Maillardville, BC, Makwa Sud, SK, Mallaig, AB, Marshall, SK, McLennan, AB, McLeod, AB, Meadow Lake, SK, Medicine Hat, AB, Midnapore, AB, Milo, AB, Morinville, AB, Muskeg Lake, SK, New Kiew, AB, North Battleford, SK, Okotoks, AB, Onion Lake, SK, Ouelletteville, AB, Paddle Prairie, AB, Philomena, AB, Paradise Hill, SK, Park Valley, SK, Pascal, SK, Paynton, SK, Peace River, AB, Pickardville, AB, Pincher Creek, AB, Plamondon, AB, Poundmaker, SK, Prince Albert, SK, Radway, AB, Red Deer, AB, Richard, SK, Rivière-Qui-Barre, AB, Saddle Lake, AB, St-Albert, AB, St-Antoine, SK, St-Brides, AB, St-Cyr, AB, St-Edouard, AB, St-Joachim, AB, St-Laurent, SK, St-Lina, AB, St-Paul, AB, St-Paul des Métis, AB, St-Vincent, AB, Sarcee Reserve, AB, Saskatoon, SK, Shell River, SK, Smoky Lake, AB, Spirit River, AB, Standoff, AB, Star City, SK, Stony Rapids, SK, Sturgeon Lake, AB, Sweet Grass, SK, Taber, AB, Thérien, AB, Trappers Lake, AB, Trochu, AB, Vancouver, BC, Vegreville, AB, Venice, AB, Vermilion, AB, Victoire, SK, Vimy, AB, Wabamun, AB, Wabasca, AB, Wakaw, SK, Warspite, AB, Waseca, SK, Waugh, AB, Westlock, AB, Wetaskiwin, AB, Whitecourt, AB, White Star, SK, and Winterburn, AB.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), Lacombe Canada fonds

  • PR0003
  • Fonds
  • 1842-2018

The fonds as a whole includes the administrative and the operational records of OMI Lacombe and its predecessor bodies in western and northern Canada, from both the civil corporation and the canonical entity. It consists of administrative, financial, personnel, personal, parish and mission and institutional records, as well as those relating to the First Nations, and to indigenous affairs, and to the evangelization of the First Nations peoples. The records include textual and published material, photographs and negatives, sound, film and video recordings, cartographic material, architectural drawings and plans.

The fonds includes the records created by Grandin Province, the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan, the Vice-Province of Mackenzie, the Vice-Province of Grouard, as well as their predecessors, and records of OMI Lacombe Canada related to portions of the west, after 2003.

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Lacombe Canada

Monographs sub-series

This sub-series includes monographs created by the Oblate Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan administration, individual Oblates, and non-Oblates on a variety of subjects, and acquired by the organization in the course of its work. The published works relate to the subjects of Canadian history, orphanages, Indian Residential Schools and abuse, indigenous culture and history, the Oblates’ history and their missions, biographies, memoirs, anniversaries and pilgrimages, politics, and Louis Riel and the North-West Resistance. The sub-series also includes collections such as the “Études oblates,” “Jesus of Ijittwāwin,” “Almanach français de l'Alberta,” “La Revue du Sacré-Coeur (Kitchitwamiteh),” “Petites Annales de la congrégation des Missionaires Oblats de Marie-Immaculée,” and “Revue Apostolique de Marie Immaculée.”

Monographs sub-series

This sub-series includes monographs created by the Oblate Grandin Province administration, individual Oblates, and non-Oblates on a variety of subjects, and acquired by the organization in the course of its work. The published works relate to the subjects of Canadian history, orphanages, Indian Residential Schools (IRS) and abuse, indigenous culture, and history, the Oblates’ history and their missions, biographies, memoirs, anniversaries and milestones, training literature, pilgrimages, politics, the Lubicon settlement, Pope John Paul II, and various communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The published letters of Oblate founder, Eugène de Mazenod are also included.

Noviciates sub-series

The records in this sub-series relate to the administration of noviciates, the religious house for Oblate novices, prior to them taking their vows. The records include correspondence, attendance registers, and registers of oblations, obligations, postulant entries, bonds, as well as accounts, rules and novice lists.

Oblates Personal Papers sub-series

This sub-series consists of material created by and/or collected by individual Oblates over the course of their careers, and can include sermons, memoirs, scrapbooks, day planners and notebooks, journals, research papers on and audio and visual recordings of First Nations peoples, culture and languages, on local flora and fauna, publications, records of interest to an Oblate, presentations made, indigenous and Indian Residential School related educational materials and research, articles, correspondence, and various histories and files on the Oblates and related religious organizations such as the Sisters of St Anne, the Sisters of Providence, among others.

The sub series also includes letters to family, family photographs and histories, recordings of events, images of vacations, and memoirs of various families. The series also includes photographs of various Oblates in their working and their personal lives, of buildings, towns and surrounding areas, missions and institutions, including Indian Residential Schools, and people, families and also events such as parties, convocations, baptisms, weddings and funerals held at the various missions.

These communities include: Albertville, SK, Assumption, AB, Banff, AB, Cadotte Lake, AB, Calgary, AB, Cooking Lake, AB, Coppermine, NU, Deline, NWT, Desmarais, AB, Edmonton, AB, Falher, AB, Fish River, AB, Fond du Lac, SK, Fort Chipewyan, AB, Fort Franklin, NWT, Fort Good Hope, NWT, Fort Norman, NWT, Fort Providence, NWT, Fort Resolution, NWT, Fort Simpson, NWT, Fort Smith, NWT, Fort Wrigley, NWT, Fox Lake, AB, Garden Creek, AB, Garden River, AB, Girouxville, AB, Good Fish Lake, AB, Grouard, AB, Hay Lake, AB, Hay River, NWT, Henribourg, SK, Jagger Lake, AB, Kakisa Lake, NWT, Lac La Biche, AB, Lac St. Anne, AB, Lebret, SK, Lethbridge, AB, Mackenzie, AB, Maillardville, BC, Marten Lake, AB, Montreal, QC, Peace River, AB, Pincher Creek, AB, Pine Point, NWT, Plamondon, AB, Poisson Blanc, QC, Rivière Rouge, QC, St. Albert, AB, Sandy Lake, AB, Shaw’s Point, AB, Slave Lake, AB, Snowdrift, NWT, Sturgeon Landing, SK, Teslin Lake, YK, Trout Lake, AB, Uranium City, SK, Yellowknife, NWT, and Wabasca, AB.

There are also records for the following locations: Rome, Italy, Africa, the Arctic, Sydney, NS, and the Middle East.

Oblates Personal Papers sub-series

This sub-series consists of material created by and/or collected by individual Oblates over the course of their careers, and can consist of a wide variety of records including: sermons, memoirs, scrapbooks, day planners and notebooks, journals, manuscripts, grammars and dictionaries and research papers on, and audio and visual recordings of, First Nations peoples and their culture and languages, on local flora and fauna, publications, records of interest to an Oblate, presentations made, indigenous and Indian Residential School related educational materials and research, articles, correspondence, and various histories and files on the Oblates and related religious organizations.

The sub-series also includes letters to family, family photographs and histories, recordings of events, images of vacations, and memoirs of various families. The sub-series also includes photographs of various Oblates in their working and their personal lives, of buildings, towns and surrounding areas, missions and institutions, including Indian Residential Schools, and people, families and also events such as parties, convocations, baptisms, weddings and funerals held at the various missions.

These communities include Aklavik, NWT, Amos Lake, MB, Arctic Red River, NWT, Banff, AB, Black Lake, SK, Cambridge Bay, NU, Chard, AB, Conklin, AB, Colville Lake, NWT, Coppermine, NWT, Dempster Highway, NWT, Edmonton, AB, Falher, AB, Fitzagerald, AB, Fond-du-Lac, SK, Fort Chipewyan, AB, Fort Fitzgerald, AB, Fort Franklin, NWT, Fort George, BC, Fort Good Hope, NWT, Fort Liard, NWT, Fort McPherson, NWT, Fort McMurray, AB, Fort Norman, NWT, Fort Providence, NWT, Fort Rae, NWT, Fort Reliance, NWT, Fort Resolution, NWT, Fort Simpson, NWT, Fort Smith, NWT, Fort Wrigley, NWT, Girouxville, AB, Great Bear Lake, BC, Great Slave Lake, NWT, Hay River, NWT, Hobbema [Maskwacis], AB, Holman Island, NWT, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK, Inuvik, NWT, La Loche, SK, Labrador City, N.L., Lac La Biche, AB, Lower Post, BC, Muncho Lake, BC, Paulatuk, NWT, Pine Point, NWT, Slave Lake, AB, Stony Rapids, SK, Trout Lake, NWT, Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, Uranium City, SK, Vancouver, BC, Yellowknife, NWT, Watson Lake, YK, and Whitehorse, YK.

This sub-series also contains records of research conducted by Maurice Métayer, omi and Robert LeMeur, omi who served in various missions in the north, Le Meur from the 1940s to the 1980s, and Métayer, from the 1940s to the 1970s. Their research encompassed a wide variety of cultural subjects and the records include work on Inuit traditions, histories, stories and folklore, genealogies, grammar, linguistics and phonetics, dictionaries, and texts and notes in or on the Inuktitut language. The research also includes film and audio of community choirs, dances and events and other research into songs, traditions and culture.

Oblates Personal Papers sub-series

This sub-series consists of images created and/or collected by individual Oblates over the course of their careers, and can consist of a wide variety of records documenting various aspects of numerous communities in Alberta and British Columbia. The sub-series may also include images of various Oblates in their working and their personal lives, of buildings, towns and surrounding areas, missions and institutions, and people, families and also events such as parties, convocations, baptisms, weddings and funerals held at the various missions.

These communities include: Calais, AB, Dawson Creek, BC, Donnelly, AB, Grouard, AB, Edmonton, AB, Falher, AB, Fort Dunvegan, AB, Fort Norman, NWT, Fort Vermilion, AB, Fox Lake, AB, High Prairie, AB, Hondo, AB, Joussard, AB, Kathleen, AB, Lac Poisson Blanc, QC, McLennan, AB, Peace River, AB, St. Isidore, AB, Sturgeon Lake, AB, Wabasca, AB, and Watino, AB.

Oblates Personal Papers sub-series

This sub-series consists of material created by and/or collected by individual Oblates over the course of their careers, and can consist of a wide variety of records including: sermons, memoirs, scrapbooks, day planners and notebooks, journals, research papers on and audio and visual recordings of First Nations peoples, culture and languages, on local flora and fauna, publications, records of interest to an Oblate, presentations made, indigenous and Indian Residential School related educational materials and research, articles, correspondence, and various histories and files on the Oblates and related religious organizations.

The sub-series also includes letters to family, family photographs and histories, recordings of events, images of vacations, and memoirs of various families. The sub-series also includes photographs of various Oblates in their working and their personal lives, of buildings, towns and surrounding areas, missions and institutions, including Indian Residential Schools, and people, families and also events such as parties, convocations, baptisms, weddings and funerals held at the various missions.

These communities include Albertville, SK, Banff, AB, Bankhead, AB, Batoche, SK, Battleford, SK, Beaumont, AB, Big River First Nation, SK, Blackfoot Crossing, AB, Bonnyville, AB, Brocket, AB, Calgary, AB, Cambridge Bay, NWT, Canmore, AB, Cardston, AB, Chipman, AB, Cluny, AB, Cold Lake, AB, Coleman, AB, Colville Lake, NWT, Coppermine, NWT, Coquitlam, BC, Coutts, AB, Cutknife, SK, Delmas, SK, Duck Lake, SK, Duncan, BC, Edmonton, AB, Edson, AB, Empress, AB, Exshaw, AB, Fielding, SK, Fish Creek, SK, Fond du Lac, SK, Fort Chipewyan, AB, Fort Good Hope, NWT, Fort McMurray, AB, Fort Pitt, SK, Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Fort Simpson, NWT, Fort Smith, NWT, Fort Vermilion, AB, Frog Lake, AB, Ghost Pine Creek, AB, Goodfish Lake, AB, Grande Prairie, AB, Gravelbourg, SK, Green Lake, BC, Grouard, AB, Hafford, SK, Hay Lakes, AB, Hobbema [Maskwacis], AB, Île-à-la-Crosse, SK, Inuvik, NWT, Jackfish Lake, AB, Joussard, AB, Lac Caribou, QC, Lac des Oeufs, QC, Lac Froid, QC, Lac La Biche, AB, Lac La Nonne, AB, Lac Ste-Anne, AB, Lac Vert, QC, Lashburn, SK, Lebret, SK, Le Goff, AB, Lesser Slave Lake, AB, Lethbridge, AB, McLeod, AB, Maidstone, SK, Maillardville, BC, Maymont, SK, Meadow Lake, SK, Medicine Hat, AB, Montreal, QC, Moosonee, ON, Morinville, AB, Mundare, AB, Normandeau, AB, North Cooking Lake, AB, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, QC, Okotoks, AB, Onoway, AB, Onion Lake, SK, Opal, AB, Ottawa, ON, Peace River, AB, Peguis, MB, Picardville, AB, Pincher Creek, AB, Prince Albert, SK, Qu’Appelle, SK, Richard, SK, Richelieu, QC, Rivière-Qui-Barre, AB, Rochester, AB, Round Hill, AB, Round Lake, AB, Saddle Lake, AB, Saint-Boniface, MB, Saint-Paul des Métis, AB, St-Albert, AB, St-Brieux, SK, St-Joachim, AB, St-Paul. AB, Skaro, AB, Standoff, AB, Stry, AB, Sturgeon Lake, AB, Sturgeon River, AB, Sweetgrass, SK, Taber, AB, Tawatinaw, AB, Tide Lake, AB, Vegreville, AB, Vermilion, AB, Victoria, BC, Waugh, AB, Whitehorse, YK, and Winnipeg, MB. There are also records from New York, New York, and Chicago, Illinois in the United States, London, England, Rome, Italy, and Pontmain and Lyon in France.

Personal Papers series

The series contains records of a personal nature, belonging to, created, or acquired by individual Oblates over the course of their careers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Arctic. The series also includes the personal records of lay people. The records were in the possession of the Oblate administration during the Lacombe Canada period and may include personal papers of Oblates who served in predecessor organizations.

Personal Papers series

This series contains records of a personal nature, belonging to, or created or collected by individual Oblates over the course of their careers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Arctic. The Vice-Province of Grouard administered the records, and they may include personal papers of Oblates who served in related or predecessor organizations. The records consist of photo albums of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) organizations, missions, nuns, and clergy in Alberta and British Columbia.

Personal Papers series

This series contains records of a personal nature, belonging to, or created or collected by individual Oblates over the course of their careers in in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Arctic. The series also includes the personal records of lay people and other religious persona. The Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan administered the records, and may include personal papers of Oblates who served in predecessor organizations.

Photographs and Negatives series

This series consists of photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies of various subjects taken in or related to the communities of western and northern Canada in Grandin Province. The images were created or collected by the Oblates in the course of their administrative work or personal lives, and the records often reflect their secular interests. The breadth of the subject matter is immense and unique and documents many aspects of western and northern Canada and its peoples. Subjects may include Oblates and sisters in the various communities, missions, religious events and activities.

The images show communities and activities and include local landscapes, indigenous camps, missions, waterways, fauna, fishing, churches and buildings, indigenous people and families, transportation, hunting, fur trade, trapping, colleges and schools, Indian Residential Schools and students, museums, sports, industries and farming. There are also visiting cards, and albums.

The subjects also focus specifically on the various communities the Oblates served in the geographic area of Grandin Province, notably in Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, as well as Bangladesh, Europe and Mexico.

Also, there are plans of a mission Church in Goodfish Lake as well as newspaper clippings, correspondence, and card visits.

Photographs and Negatives series

This series consists of photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies of various subjects taken in or related to the communities of Canada in the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan. The images were created or collected by the Oblates in the course of their administrative work or personal lives, and the records often reflect their secular interests. The breadth of the subject matter is immense and unique and documents many aspects of western and northern Canada and its peoples. Subjects may include Oblates and religious actors in the various communities, missions, as well as religious events and activities.

The images show communities and activities and include local landscapes, indigenous camps, missions, waterways, fauna, fishing, churches and buildings, indigenous people and families, transportation, hunting, fur trade, trapping, colleges and schools, Indian Residential Schools and students, museums, sports, industries and farming. There are also visiting cards, stereograph cards, school albums and scrapbooks.

The subjects also focus specifically on the various communities the Oblates served in the geographic area of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, as well as France, Italy, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

Photographs and Negatives series

This series consists of photographs, negatives, lantern slides and transparencies of various subjects taken in or related to the northern communities of Canada in the Vice-Province of Mackenzie. The images were created or collected by the Oblates in the course of their administrative work or personal lives, and the records often reflect their secular interests. The breadth of the subject matter is immense and unique and documents many aspects of northern Canada and its peoples. Subjects may include Oblates and sisters in the various communities, missions, religious events and activities.

The images show communities and activities and include local landscapes, indigenous camps, missions, waterways, fauna, fishing, churches and buildings, indigenous people and families, bands and orchestras, transportation, hunting, fur trade, trapping, colleges and schools, Indian residential Schools and students, museums, sports, industries and farming.

The subjects also focus specifically on the various communities the Oblates served in the north, including: Aklavik, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Norman, Fort Rae, Fort Resolution, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Yellowknife, as well as many other communities. There are many images of artists’ work at Holman (now Ulukhaktok) on Victoria Island, a cooperative the Oblates, specifically Henri Tardy, were involved in.

Photographs and Negatives series

This series consists of photographs, negatives, lantern slides and transparencies of various subjects taken in or related to the communities of the Vice-Province of Grouard. The images were created or collected by the Oblates in the course of their administrative work or personal lives, and the records often reflect their secular interests. The breadth of the subject matter is immense and unique and documents many aspects of western and northern Canada and its peoples. Subjects may include Oblates and sisters in the various communities, missions, religious events and activities.

The images show communities and activities and include local landscapes, missions, waterways, fauna, fishing, churches and buildings, indigenous people and families, transportation, hunting, fur trade, schools and students, museums, sports, industries and farming.

The subjects also focus specifically on the various communities the Oblates served in the Grouard region, including: Assumption, Dunvegan, Fort Vermilion, Grouard, and the Lesser Slave Lake and Peace River areas.

Provincial Administration series

This series consists of records that document the management functions of the Oblates in the course of the work performed by the Provincial Administration throughout the Vice-Province of Grouard. The records consist of administrative and operational correspondence with Oblate administrators at various levels, including Rome and with the various missions and parishes the Oblates served, and also with the Catholic Church and with external organizations. The series also includes correspondence files with the administrators of other provinces, the administrators of various Catholic bodies, with religious organizations of men and women, and with the administration of institutions run by the Oblates, including Indian Residential Schools and the federal government. Administrative records also include those related to Oblate vocational work and clergy formation as well as records pertaining to the establishment of missions, schools, orphanages, hospitals and the operation of chapels and churches in various communities.

Provincial Administration series

This series consists of records that document the management functions of the Oblates in the course of the work performed by the Provincial Administration throughout Grandin Province. The records consist of administrative and operational correspondence with Oblate administrators at various levels, including Rome and with the various missions and parishes the Oblates served, and also with the Catholic Church and with external organizations. The series also includes correspondence files with the administrators of other provinces, the administrators of various Catholic bodies, with religious organizations of men and women, and with the administration of institutions run by the Oblates, including Indian Residential Schools and the federal government. Administrative records also include those related to Oblate vocational work and clergy formation as well as records pertaining to the establishment of missions, schools, orphanages, hospitals and the operation of chapels and churches in various communities.

Provincial Administration series

This series consists of records that document the management functions of the Oblate in the course of their work performed by the Provincial Administration throughout the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan. The records consist of administrative and operational correspondence with Oblate administrators at various levels, including Rome and with the various missions and parishes the Oblates served, and also with the Catholic Church and with external organizations. The series also includes correspondence files with the administrators of other provinces, the administrators of various Catholic bodies, with religious organizations of men and women, and with the administration of institutions run by the Oblates, including Indian Residential Schools and the federal government. Administrative records also include those related to Oblate vocational work and clergy formation as well as records pertaining to the establishment of missions, schools, orphanages, hospitals and the operation of chapels and churches in various communities.

Provincial Administration series

This series consists of records that document the management functions of the Oblates in the course of the work performed by the provincial Administration throughout the Vice-Province of Mackenzie. The records consist of administrative and operational correspondence with Oblate administrators at various levels, including Rome and with the various missions and parishes the Oblates served, and also with the Catholic Church and with external organizations. The series also includes correspondence files with the administrators of other provinces, the administrators of various Catholic bodies, with religious organizations of men and women, and with the administration of institutions run by the Oblates, including Indian Residential Schools and the federal government. Administrative records also include those related to Oblate vocational work and clergy formation as well as records pertaining to the establishment of missions, schools, orphanages, hospitals and the operation of chapels and churches in various communities.

Provincial’s Office Files sub-series

This sub-series consists of records created and maintained in the course of the administration of the Provincial’s office in the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan. The records are wide ranging in subject, and are mostly administrative in nature.

Specifically, the records include files on the Congregation’s constitutions, Council rules and reporting, projects, canonization and beatification causes, biographies, articles, discussions of separate schools, the Catholic Women’s League and Conférence Religieuse Canadienne conferences. The sub-series also contains Métis Land Scrip applications and list of claimants in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, as well records related to the 1885 Rebellion and Riel trial.

Provincial’s Office Files sub-series

This sub-series contains a broad range of administrative records related to the running of the provincial office and subjects of direct concern to the administration of the Vice-Province of Grouard. The majority are between the Provincial and those responsible for the running of the vicariate and later, the vice-province.

The records contain reports, correspondence, statistics, meetings on restructuring, minutes, nominations, publications, register of oblations, obediences, canonical visits, acts of visits, records of incorporation, statistics, and contracts for the Vice-Province of Grouard.

Provincial’s Office Files sub-series

This sub-series consists of records created and maintained in the course of the administration of the Provincial’s office in Grandin Province. The records are wide ranging in subject, and are mostly administrative in nature.

Specifically, the records include files on the Congregation’s constitutions and restructuring, Council minutes, correspondence and reporting, projects, the canonization and beatification causes of Eugène de Mazenod and Antoine Kowalczyk, biographies, articles, discussions of separate schools, as well as miscellaneous correspondence and reports relating to residential schools. The sub-series also contains general correspondence, various codecies, as well as records of and relating to Vital Grandin, Albert Lacombe and Pope John Paul II’s visit to Canada.

Provincial’s Office Files sub-series

This sub-series contains a broad range of administrative records related to the running of the provincial office and subjects of direct concern to the administration of the Vice-Province of Mackenzie. The majority are between the Provincial and those responsible for the running of the vicariate and later, the vice-province.

The records consist of reports, correspondence, statistics, meetings on restructuring, minutes, obediences, canonical visits, acts of visits, records related to social and justice issues, records of various Indian agencies, statistics, Codex Historici, and press clippings, newsletters and policies within the boundaries of the Vice-Province of Mackenzie.

Publications series

In the course of their administrative work, the Oblates created, acquired and made use of published sources. This series consists of published monographs and periodicals on the subjects of the Oblates, the Roman Catholic Church, its missions, and the indigenous population of the Canadian west and the Northwest Territories. The series also consists of indigenous periodicals from various communities. Records were created by Oblates and non-Oblates.

Publications series

In the course of their administrative work, the Oblates created, acquired and made use of published sources. Records were created by Oblates and non-Oblates. This series consists of published monographs and periodicals on the subjects of the Oblates, the Roman Catholic Church, its missions, Indian Residential Schools and the indigenous population of the Canadian west and Saskatchewan. The material includes administrative circulars sent by Oblate Superiors General to the Congregation members, outlining spiritual and temporal deeds and accomplishments. The series also consists of Catholic and Oblate periodicals as well as First Nations’ periodicals from various communities. Records were created by Oblates and non-Oblates.

Publications series

In the course of their administrative work, the Oblates created, acquired and made use of published sources. This series consists of published monographs and periodicals on the subjects of the Oblates, the Roman Catholic Church, its missions, residential schools, and the indigenous population of the Canadian west and the Northwest Territories. The material includes administrative circulars sent by Oblate Superiors General to the Congregation members, outlining spiritual and temporal deeds and accomplishments. The series also consists of indigenous periodicals from various communities. Records were created by Oblates and non-Oblates.

Publications series

In the course of their administrative work, the Oblates created, acquired and made use of published sources. The series includes monographs and periodicals regarding various subjects related to the Vice-Province of Grouard. Records were created by Oblates and non-Oblates.

Records of Dealings with Dioceses and Other Bodies sub-series

This sub-series consists of administrative records acquired by the Vicar of Missions / Vice-Provincial of Mackenzie, in dealing with administrators of local community organizations. The records in this sub-series consist of records of various local museums and organizations, including the Northern Life Museum located in Fort Smith, N.W.T.

Records of Dealings with Dioceses and Other Bodies sub-series

This sub-series consists of administrative records of the Provincial of the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan, in dealings with bishops, vicars and communities of religious women, those administrators of dioceses, archdioceses, vicariates and other bodies. The records in this sub-series consist of correspondence, circulars and memoranda on spiritual and theological issues, business matters and concerns in the communities related to education, finances and individuals.

The topics of the records vary according to the bodies involved, but specifically, the records deal with some common themes, including administrative concerns and pastoral duties, diocesan and ecclesiastical affairs, the administration of the missions, residential schools and the parishes, conflicts between Anglophones and Francophones, as well as the day to day administrative work of these bodies and their interactions with the Oblates.

Records of Dealings with Dioceses and Other Bodies sub-series

The sub-series contains administrative correspondence of the Vice-Province of Grouard in dealing with external bodies. These records include minutes, financial reports, and/or incorporation records for the Coopérative d’Aménagement Rural et de Développement d’Alberta CARDA, the Society for Rural Settlement, and the General Co-operative of Girouxville.

Relations with Subordinates sub-series

The sub-series consists of records pertaining to various institutions and organizations the Oblates either established, administered or were involved with, including Juniorat/Collège Saint-Jean, La Survivance / Le Franco-Albertain.

The Oblates established the Saint-Jean school in Pincher Creek, Alberta, in 1908. It was founded as a Juniorat, a place to instruct junior members preparing for life in the Oblate order. In 1910, the Juniorat Saint-Jean was moved to Edmonton, and in 1943, renamed Collège Saint-Jean. Over time, religious instruction gradually included more general courses and the institution grew more closely affiliated with the University of Alberta. It became Collège universitaire Saint-Jean in 1970, and following the sale of the college to the University of Alberta in 1976, was renamed Faculté Saint-Jean in 1977. It was renamed Campus Saint-Jean in 2005.

The records in this subseries consist of the administrative and operational records of the Juniorat Saint-Jean and Collège Saint-Jean, from the time of its founding to sale to the University of Alberta. The sub-series also includes some educational and related records.

Specifically, the records relate to administration of the school, and include correspondence, financial accounts and reports, contracts and agreements, budgets and accounts, staffing and alumni related records, committee material, and records of maintenance and renovation and construction work, as well as property insurance and evaluation records. Also included in the sub-series are various daily registers and codices historici.

Operational records include those related to courses, curricula, yearbooks and graduations, as well as staff and student histories and biographical information. The sub-series also includes numerous personal records and pedagogical materials of faculty and students, such as notes, journals, brochures and publications, as well as photographs and photograph albums.

Retreat Houses sub-series

This sub-series consists of administrative records of the Star of the North Retreat House. This house of retreat was opened in 1953 offering retreats and spiritual oasis to the Christian community at large. It also offers formation in spirituality, contemplative private retreat for personal renewal, and human growth, psychological, emotional, and spiritual as well as wisdom teachings around justice, peace, and integrity of creation. They also offer hospitality for groups seeking an alternative and affordable place to gather for their meetings, conferences, and retreats. The records include reports, studies, board members, organizational charts, correspondence, programming, meeting minutes, projects, conferences, manuals, archival material, agreements, budgets, video footage from various conferences and presentations on various religious topics, and audio recordings from various assemblies.

Retreat Houses sub-series

This sub-series consists of records related to the administration of the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert, Alberta during the Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan period. Opened by the Oblates in 1953, the Retreat house is managed by them and seeks to provide a space of retreat and evangelization, spiritual growth and renewal. It served as a meeting place for Oblates and Catholics on land jointly owned by the Oblates and the Edmonton Archdiocese. The sub-series includes records of administrative decisions, financial activities, correspondence, reports and statistics, as well as conference, course and workshop materials and brochures.

This sub-series consists of records related to retreat houses such as correspondence, finances, books of masses, photographs and plans of alterations, additions and layouts of the Star of the North Retreat House, scrapbooks, constitutions, general information, Codici Historici, acts of visits, anniversary documents, agreements, member lists, minutes, administration papers, hearings, programs, conscience meditations and exams, prayers, psalms, hymns, sermons, priest and ministry lists, conferences, workshops, recruitment materials, reports, statistics, questionnaires, comments, personnel lists, volunteer lists, studies, donations, contributions, register of retreatants, financial reports, fundraising campaigns, debts, loans, expenses, and articles.

Seminaries sub-series

This sub-series consists of records related to the administration of Séminaire de la Sainte Famille, a seminary for those preparing to take holy orders. The records include rules and admission conditions, rejected postulants, correspondence, booklets of and copied letters. The sub-series also includes a file related to the Kisemanito Centre in Grouard, Alberta.

Sound Recordings series

The series consists of recordings created in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories and beyond the geographical limits of the Oblate Vice-Province of Mackenzie. The recordings were created primarily at institutions the Oblates established or lived in: churches, missions, and First Nations communities. The recordings were created, collected or acquired by the Oblates of the Vice-Province in the course of their administrative and evangelization activities, and therefore the themes of the recordings are wide-ranging. The records include a number of religious themes and document the personal thoughts and viewpoints of a number of Oblates and highlight First Nations cultures and languages. A large number of the records were created by Oblate researchers, likely Robert Le Meur (1920-1985), and Maurice Métayer (1914-1974), who served in the Vicariate of Mackenzie.

Le Meur and Métayer conducted their own research and collaborated on various projects. They both served in various missions in the north, Le Meur from the 1940s to the 1980s, and Métayer, from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Specifically, the Le Meur and the Métayer recordings relate to research conducted by them in the north. The priests sought information on the culture, lives, history and religion of the Indigenous peoples, and they recorded the interviews, songs and stories of their research, providing insight into the lives of the people of northern Canada. There is a vast wealth of their written research in the Oblate fonds as well, related to genealogies, grammars and published stories and other writings.

Specifically, the records in this sound series consist of educational and historical themed material, recordings of masses, religious and secular ceremonies, lectures, sermons and religious commentaries, as well as radio broadcasts of songs, and recordings of stories and interviews. The stories, interviews and songs are often in First Nations languages, and English and French. Records are both created by amateurs, and professionally produced.

Sound Recordings series

The series consists of recordings created in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories and beyond the geographical limits of the Oblate Province of Alberta-Saskatchewan. The recordings were created primarily at institutions the Oblates established or were involved in: churches, missions, and Indian Residential Schools in Western Canada, at the Charles Camsell Hospital or at the francophone CHFA Radio station based out of Edmonton. The recordings were created, collected or acquired by the Oblates of the Province in the course of their administrative and evangelization activities, and therefore the themes of the recordings are wide-ranging. The records include a number of religious themes and document the personal thoughts and viewpoints of a number of Oblates and highlight First Nations cultures and languages.

Specifically, the records consist of educational and historical themed material, masses, ceremonies, lectures, sermons and Gospel commentaries, as well as personal memoirs and recordings broadcast on CHFA Radio. The masses and ceremonies are often in First Nations languages, and English and French. There are programs from the schools and hospitals in Cree, and numerous Indigenous traditional songs as well as religious hymns and carols. Records are both created by amateurs, and professionally produced.