Fonds PR3247 - Jack Shields fonds

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Jack Shields fonds

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    • 1939-1993 [1980-1993 predominant] (Creation)

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    3.25 M of textual records -- 1699 photographs -- 3619 negatives -- 10 VHS cassettes -- 4 ¾ video cassettes.

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    Biographical history

    John (Wendele "Jack" Shields was born in Grande Prairie, AB, on December 25, 1929. After high school he worked in the oil fields until 1947, when he joined the army serving in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry parachute battalion and fought in the Korean War for two years between 1950-1953.

    Following the war, he obtained a Bachelors of Education at the University of Alberta, and, after some post graduate work at the University, gained an assistant superintendent position with the Northland School Division. In the 1960s he became the founding president of the Alberta Vocational Centre, now Keyano College, and helped to establish vocational schools in Lac La Biche, Kikino, and Fort Chipewyan. After leaving the government, he opened a restaurant in Fort McMurray and became a partner in the McMurray Concrete Company. He also served as the president of the local chamber of commerce, and a founding member and president of the Kinsmen Club. He entered local politics as a member of the school board in Fort McMurray between 1974-1977, and the Chairman between 1977-1979.

    In 1980 he ran and was elected as Member of Parliament for Athabasca, running as a Progressive Conservative. During his time in government, he served on numerous committees, as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs (1984-1986), Assistant Critic for Energy, Mines, and Resources (1983-1984), and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, Mines, and Resources (1986-1989), Minister for International Trade (1989-1991), Minister of Employment and Immigration (1991-1993), and the Minister of Labour (1993), before he was defeated in the 1993 election. During his time in office he was a prominent supporter of Oil Sands Development and Aboriginal Rights.

    He married Pat, and together they had five children: Elaine, Lisa, Clarence, Jim and and John. Jack Shields died in 2004.

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    The fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper articles, election materials, day planners, photographs, negatives, video cassettes, and other materials relating to Jack Shields political career and private life. The majority of the materials relate to his time in the House of Commons (1980-1993).

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    Some of the photographs and negatives were damaged by water and mold.

    Immediate source of acquisition

    The records were deposited at the Provincial Archives by Pat Shields, the wife of Jack Shields, in July 2007.


    Chronological order was imposed on much of the material as the original order could not be determined. The photographic collection, due to repetitive content, has been sampled. The negatives of the photograph collection have been retained.

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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch was sourced from Jack Shield's Parliamentary File (accessed May 6, 2009,, House of Commons Debates, Vol. 140, number 036, 1st Session, 38th Parliament, Wednesday, December 1, 2004., "Beyond the Hill: The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians"; pp. 21, winter 2005., biography for Jack Shields located in the materials.

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        Includes accession PR2009.0431.

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