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Archival description

This accession contains records from the Métis Rehabilitation Branch. It includes four reports: the Hall (Royal Commission) Commission on Health Services from June 1964; a report of the Special Legislative and Lay Committee Inquiring in to Preventative Health Services in the Province of Alberta; the 1972 Program Evaluation by the Métis Rehabilitation Branch that evaluates existing economic conditions (stores, agriculture, timber hunting, fishing trapping), social conditions (housing, electrification, water resources, education, recreation), land tenure, and taxation; and the Métis Trusts and Métis Development Funds.

Foster Child sub-series
PR3684.0005.0001 · Sub-series · 1981-1989
Part of Gil Cardinal fonds

The sub-series contains records related to the production of Foster Child, a documentary about Cardinal’s own search for his birth family and Métis heritage. The records include masters, audio recordings of interviews conducted for the film, production stills, correspondence, and research material.

PR1968.0019-5 · File · December 8, 1966
Part of Spruce Grove Oral Histories fonds

This is a recording of an interview conducted by Allan Shenfield with Vital Victor Calahoo and Clothilda Calahoo (nee Hudson). In it they discuss their lives in and the history of the Michael District near Spruce Grove, including their knowledge and experiences about the Klondike Gold Rush, the North West Mounted Police, missionaries, Métis culture and traditions, and their family trees. The interview continues on the reel in file PR1968.0019-6

PR1998.0906-9 · File · December 15, 1997
Part of Lorraine Hoffman fonds

This audio recording contains an interview conducted by Lorraine Hoffman with Alice Boucher. Yvonne Hoffman worked as translator, and the interview was conducted in Fort McKay.

Anne Anderson fonds
PR3963 · Fonds · 1976-1977

The fonds contain a speech given by Anderson in St. Albert, a taped interview related to her efforts to preserve Cree culture, and photocopies of essays, speeches, and poems written by Anderson. Some of these photocopied records describe Indigenous and Métis life around St. Albert in the early 1900s. The fonds also includes a copy of Heritage magazine from 1976 with an article on Anderson’s involvement in Cree instruction.

This fonds also contains audiotape records of an interview that Anderson conducted with Granny (Mary) Whitford in April 1971. Whitford was a well-known figure in the Eureka River community (located in Clear Hills County, Alberta), known to early settlers as available on call as doctor, nurse, or midwife before a doctor arrived in the area. She was well-known in the community for a life of service and for her dedication, making many long and hazardous journeys when her assistance was requested. In the interview, which is conducted in Cree, Whitford discussed her experiences and life with Anderson.

Anderson, Anne
Shirley R. Torgerson fonds
PR0901 · Fonds · [197-?]-[199-?]

The fonds consists of photocopies of newspaper clippings about Raymond Gray, photocopies of research material gathered by Shirley Torgerson about the Gray family, genealogical charts of the Gray family, and a short chronology of the Metis people of Montana compiled by Shirley Torgerson.

Torgerson, Shirley R.

The discrete item is a photograph album printed to record the significance of the Elders’ Conference in 1979 of the Federation of Métis Settlements, and details the elders in attendance. The album also contains a loose copy of “Foundation for the Future,” the statement of principles that came from the conference.

The elders in attendance were Maurice L’Hirondelle, Sid Beaudry, Fred Carifelle, Joe McDermott, Richard Poitras, Adolphus Ghostkeeper, Joe Cardinal, Fred Martineau, Robert Aulotte, and Adrian Hope. Including the photos of these elders, there are 28 total photographs in the album, most of which are labeled.

Federation of Métis Settlements
Métis Nation Music fonds
PR2151 · Fonds · 1991

The fonds consists of a musical recording and VHS video production of “Proud to Be Métis” (Métis Nation Anthem) produced by Métis Nation Music Ltd. in 1991.

Métis Nation Music
Stan Daniels fonds
PR0092 · Fonds · 1924-1991, predominant [196-]-[198-]

This fonds consists of material including personal and family records as well as records of the many Native organizations with which Stan Daniels was involved (minutes, by-laws, research material, correspondence, financial statements, membership lists, etc.) The fonds is comprised of the following series: Private life, Public life.

Daniels, Stan
James Henry Long fonds
PR3070 · Fonds · 1884 - 1889

The fonds consists of a diary kept by James Henry Long from 1884 to 1889 while he homesteaded in Namao, Alberta. The diary discusses farming, remedies for plant and animal diseases, the Northwest Resistance and notes family events.

Long, James Henry
Johnny Grant fonds
PR1262 · Fonds · 1840-1951

The fonds consists of materials created or collected by Johnny Grant and his relatives and relating to the life of Johnny Grant. The material dates from 1840-1951. The fonds consists of a draft of a memoir written by Grant shortly before his death in 1907, a prefatory chapter to the manuscript written by Grant’s wife Clotilde Bruneau, assorted family photographs of Grant and his family, various legal documents for Grant and family, correspondence between Grant family members concerning Johnny Grant, genealogies and biographies of the Grant family written by Grant’s grandson William Nutt and original editions of the first and last Edmonton Bulletin newspapers.

Grant, Johnny
Hubert Wood fonds
PR0826 · Fonds · 1885-1911

The fonds consists of six original manuscript letters and one birch bark postcard written by Hubert Wood to family members, dated April 28 to June 8, 1885. The letters give a soldier’s perspective of the 1885 civil disturbances in the North-West Territories as well as a more general impression of life during the campaigns. A photographic postcard from 1911 of Hubert Wood was added to the original accession.

Wood, Hubert
Series · 1906-1995
Part of Legislative Assembly of Alberta fonds

The series consists of sessional papers and other records tabled in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The tabled records include annual and other reports of government departments, boards and universities related to their operations and programs; reports of royal commissions and commissions of inquiry; reports of Assembly committees; copies of orders-in-council, correspondence, agreements and other records requested by Members of the Legislative Assembly; regulations; petitions from individuals and organizations about various issues; annual public accounts and other financial statements; as well as other returns related to orders of the Assembly. The series also includes lists of reports required to be tabled as well as binders listing all records tabled in the legislative assembly (1979-1987).

Ladouceur family fonds
PR0593 · Fonds · 1879-1922

Fonds consists of correspondence, receipts, envelopes, a homestead Certificate of Recommendation and photocopied records dating 1881-1922 which include, receipts, correspondence, envelopes, financial records, notes, and a permit. Fonds also includes a certificate appointing Louis Lessard as Justice of the Peace in Lac La Biche, Alberta, and various lists written in Cree. Fifty photographs featuring the Ladouceur family circa 1890 - 1900 are included.

Ladouceur family
Adrian Hope fonds
PR1746 · Fonds · 1954-1979

The fonds consists of the personal records of Adrian Hope and includes day to day journals, a Métis Association of Alberta membership card, correspondence, the poem “The Fate of Jim Brady,” an audio recording of a CBC program where Adrian Hope discussed Métis history and his own history, an interview with Adrian Hope conducted by Terry Lusty, and an audio recording of the Saddle Lake Indian Days.

Hope, Adrian
PR0865 · Collection · Copied 1988-1992

The collection consists of images, originally taken circa 1890 to the 1960s, from the Lac La Biche area, including images of the Filles de Jésus, priests, church exteriors and interiors, Lac La Biche Mission, mission students, houses, stores, buildings destroyed by a tornado, deer, barn building, potato picking, planting, skiing, chopping and hauling wood, a hockey team, children, Métis, families including members of the Ladouceur, Cardinal, Chevigny, families, and Italian settlers (Canterra, Biollo, Bonifacio) and a grain elevator in the Venice district. The collection also includes prints of some Le Franco images of the 1988 "Cultural Rendezvous Culturel," a copy of Joseph Ladouceur's Bill of Landing Hudson's Bay Company (1877), copies of Cree grammar books and copies of certificates of Victor Parenteau.

Lac La Biche Mission Historical Society
PR0003.002SF.0012 · Series · 1842-1990
Part of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), Lacombe Canada fonds

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.

McDougall family fonds
PR0237 · Fonds · 1878-1965, predominant 1878-1950

Fonds consists of records pertaining to various members of the McDougall family including Lovisa McDougall, John A. McDougall and E.H. McDougall. Records include cinefilms created by E.H. McDougall, correspondence, a photograph and an Edmonton directory.

McDougall family
Alex Calliou fonds
PR1061 · Fonds · 1949-1986

Fonds consists of the personal records of Alex Calliou and includes records pertaining to his employment with the Provincial Government of Alberta, his financial investments, and to the settlement of his father’s estate, and includes, newspaper clippings, membership forms, programmes, pension records, mortgage records, agreements, wills, correspondence, mechanically produced postcards, and a family tree. Fonds also contains correspondence to Alex Calliou from Phyllis Dewey

Calliou, Alex
Gilda Rath fonds
PR0406 · Fonds · 1954-1973

Fonds consists of project records and includes correspondence, working papers, maps, genealogical charts, a slide, a newspaper clipping, reports, and photographs. Fonds also includes a list of Indigenous herbal medicines.

Rath, Gilda
Reel Girls Media fonds
PR3830 · Fonds · 1999-2007

The fonds consists of production files for various projects undertaken by Reel Girls Media. These projects are as follows:

SciQ: Up Close and Palaeo: a one-hour, children’s program shot at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller that focuses on palaeontology. The records include masters, b-rolls, and interview transcripts.

Stories from the Seventh Fire: a half-hour, animated, children’s series featuring Indigenous performers such as Tantoo Cardinal and Gordon Tootoosis narrating several First Nations stories and legends. The records include DVDs and the original masters.

Booked: a half-hour series in which book reviewers and criminal justice professionals discuss a prominent mystery novel. The records include masters and DVDs.

Out of the West: a one-hour documentary featuring interviews with several western Canadian authors. The records include masters, shooting tapes, and production files.

Between the Stones and the Ocean: A Portrait of Rudy Wiebe: a one-hour documentary about western Canadian author Rudy Wiebe. The records include shooting tapes and masters.

Capturing Cooperman: A Not So Private Investigation of Howard Engel: a one-hour documentary about Canadian mystery author Howard Engel. The records are limited to the masters.

WildFiles: a half-hour, children’s series that focuses on animal biology. The records are limited to production files.

Return of the Peregrine: a one-hour documentary about conservation efforts to restore peregrine falcon populations across Canada. The records include shooting tapes and interview transcripts.

Homefront: a one-hour documentary that follows the stories of several Edmonton-based soldiers and their families during deployment to Afghanistan. The records are limited to masters.

How the Fiddle Flows: a one-hour documentary that traces Métis culture and history through music and dancing. The records are limited to masters.

In addition to these completed projects, there are several non-completed projects that are also captured in the records. These projects were started by Reel Girls but never broadcast or distributed and include the following:

Return of the Bison: a potential documentary that would have focused on conservation efforts to restore bison populations across the world. The records include shooting tapes and production files.

A to Z Film Guide: this potential series would have focused on various roles within the film industry as an educational tool. The records are limited to pre-production files.

Rock ‘n’ Fossil Road Show: this potential series was modeled on Antiques Roadshow and would have featured rock and fossil collectors consulting with experts about their collections. A pilot was completed but the series was not pursued. The records include pre-production files.

Reel Girls Media
PR0142 · Fonds · 1797-1964, predominant 1880-1964

Fonds consists of the personal and business records of the Saunders and Dingwall families. The fonds has been divided into the following series: Lieutenant Colonel Bryce Johnston Saunders; Esther Kincaid Saunders; Marjorie Saunders Dingwall; and Robert MacFarlane Dingwall. These series have been further divided into sub-series.

Saunders, Dingwall family
PR3970 · Fonds · 1966

The fonds contains interviews with local Indigenous people and settlers, and also contains a portrait of a young Indigenous woman. The interviews generally concern settlers who came to Alberta to homestead and the lives they had here. Some of the settlers interviewed include Adelard and Cora Dandeneau (family arrived 1895), Roy and Edna Hagen (born in Ontario and Spruce Grove), and Frederick Johnson (arrived in Ardrossan in 1912), among others.

Some of the interviews with Indigenous interviewees (with some conducted in Indigenous languages) largely discuss life on reserves. Some of those interviewed include Alexis Morin (interview is in Cree, discusses life on Enoch Reserve) and Vital Victor and Clothtilda Calahoo (early life, Métis traditions).

The stated purpose of these recordings was to keep a record of the heritage and customs of early residents of the Spruce Grove (specifically Winterburn) area, to be available to be listened to and recalled by any interested person.

Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce