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Norm Simmons fonds
154 · Fonds · 1960 - 1980

This fonds consists of 163 photographs (47 colour and 11 black and white copy negatives and 105 copy colour transparencies), 111 maps and map fragments and 20 cm of textual material. The 58 copy negatives and Simmons's journal document the construction of a mooseskin boat and its use. The boat was constructed between May 22 and 28, 1968, on the Gravel (Keele) River and taken down to Fort Norman (Tulita). People identified in the images include George and Vivian Pelissey, Gabe Etchinelle, Madeline Karcaji, Fred Andrew, and Jonas McCauley. The 105 colour transparencies date from 1967 through 1980 and depicts aboriginal life in the Mackenzie Mountain region including: caribou hunting, work on a moose hide boat, drying meat, fishing, camps, and Simmons's work with Dall's Sheep. The images includes views of the Moose Horn (Mountain) River, Caribou Flats by the Gravel River, Drum (Wrigley) Lake, and Punk Mountain. Included in the images are views of Gabriel Etchinelle, Jonas McCauley, Vivian McCauley, George Pelissey, Perry Linton, Leon Andrew, Jimmy Mendo, Maurice Mento, Cecile Hatchelle, Madeline Karkagie, Stella Mendo, Joe Blondin, David Yallee, Alfred Lennie and Gordon Yakelaya.

Also included in this fonds are a handwritten and typed English translation of the French article "Les Chitra-Gottineke" by Jean Michea, published in the National Museum of Canada Bulletin No. 190, "Contributions to Anthropology, Part II", 1960. Muriel Cooper, wife of Steve Cooper, Park Warden at Nahanni Butte, did the translation. The 111 maps and map fragments feature communities, lakes, rivers, canyons and mountain ranges from Fort Simpson up to the Mackenzie Delta region, and including the Yukon - NWT border. The field notes that accompany the maps include a 32 page typewritten gazetteer, as well as the handwritten notes for the gazetteer. There are also handwritten lists recording information about traditional place names of features in the Mackenzie Mountains. Simmons informants included Gabriel Etchinelle, Madeline Karkagie, George Pellissey, Vivian McCauley,and Maurice and Stella Mendo. The place names were written in a 'folk' phonetic form but a few are written by the elders are in syllabics. Files include research notes, field notes, drafts of papers and correspondence related to his studies of Dall's sheep in the Mackenzie Mountains in the 1970s, and correspondence with anthropologists such as Beryl Gillespie.

Simmons, Norm, 1934-2016
278 · Fonds · 1937-1950

This fonds consists of 24 black and white photographs, approximately 5 cm of textual material, one illustration and 2 handbills generated by the federal Department of Mines and Resources, dating from 1937 to 1950. The records include of a compilation of 18 reports, dated 1948 to 1950, on forestry and wildlife management in Wood Buffalo National Park and the southern and northern Mackenzie Districts. These reports focused on a variety of issues including: numbers and locations of forest fires; the transfer and introduction of various animal species such as beaver, elk and marten; fishing operations and fish levels; buffalo hunts; and the general status of forests and wildlife in these regions. The reports contain 24 black and white photographs and 1 drawing documenting the transfer of beaver and elk to Wood Buffalo Park. Other records include telegrams and correspondence concerning the construction of a landing strip at Wrigley in 1938 and 2 oversize cloth public notices. One warns of the dangers of forest fires; the text is in Dogrib and written in syllabics. The second identifies a native hunting and trapping preserve. An annotation on the front indicates that the Royal Canadian Mounted Policed (RCMP) schooner "St. Roch" may have located this notice in 1944. On the back there is an annotation: "Robert G. Fulton and Gerald Klondike Helicopters on Board M.V. Theta [1931?] Calgary Alberta." In addition, there is a RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) Bulletin entitled "A Brief Outline of the History, Customs and Laws Relating to the Indians and Eskimos of the Canadian Arctic and Sub-Arctic" which was produced by the Department of Mines and Resources and a pamphlet of general information about Yellowknife.

Canada. Department of Mines and Resources
G-2000-015 · Accession · 1967-1975
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Industry and Development fonds

Records include correspondence and reports regarding commercial fishing and the production and marketing of handicrafts, as well as monthly reports from the Game Management Officer in Rae-Edzo (Behchoko) and the Area Industrial Development Officer for the Yellowknife Area. These records were managed by the Central Registry.

G-2009-047 · Accession · [1938-1969]
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Industry and Development fonds

Records date from [1938-1969] and relate to wildlife management. The files include lists of people eligible for general hunting licenses, game officer reports, trapping area listings for the Aklavik region. Also include among the lists are geneaology (family lists) for the Inuvik and Arviat (Eskimo Point) areas. Many of the listings related to general hunting licenses contain personal information such as place of residence and birth dates of individuals.

300 · Fonds · 1950-1980

This fonds consists of 119 photographs in print, negative and slide formats and approximately 8.5 meters of textual material. The photographs depict sites along the Canol Trail, such as chapels, warehouses and repair shops. There are also images that document the construction of the styrofoam igloo in the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, images of the Nahanni Butte region and photographs of the Museumobile, which was a touring exhibit from the National Museum of Canada. In addition, there is a group picture showing participants of the 1977 Fish and Wildlife Convention held in Yellowknife.

The bulk of the textual material is from the Wildlife Services Division and its predecessors. These files consist of correspondence, reports of regional and community officers, minutes, field project reports, reports recording information on polar bear and musk-ox kills and fish landings. The records relate to a variety of activities such as: hunting, trapping, quota enforcement, animal studies and fisheries.

There are also records generated by the Recreation Division of the department. These records deal with Community Recreation Centres, NWT Youth Services, Northwest Territories Centennial in 1970, Arctic Winter Games and the Northern Games. The remaining textual material was generated by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre between 1969-1979. There are files containing correspondence, promotional material, polices and procedures, and material relating to traveling exhibits and story lines.

There are also files of correspondence from the Northwest Territories Historical Advisory Board, Northwest Territories Heritage Council and records pertaining to the Territorial Central Museum.

Finally, this accession also includes approximately 7 cm of reports, guides and brochures, consisting of fishing guides, hunting regulations, reports on caribou and wildlife ordinances. It also includes summaries of archaeological resources and an overview of the Territorial Central Museum layout and use before it was constructed.

Northwest Territories. Department of Natural and Cultural Affairs (1975-1979)

Records consist of correspondence, reports by regional and community officers, minutes, field project reports, report forms recording information on polar bear and musk-ox kills and fish landings. The records relate to a variety of activities such as hunting, trapping, enforcement, animal studies and fisheries. The records show evidence of the division's activities, programs delivered, and the impact the division's policies may have had on the residents of the Northwest Territories. Reports from the administrative regions of the Government of the Northwest Territories have been kept in an effort to document regional activities and responses.

Northwest Territories. Department of Natural and Cultural Affairs. Wildlife Service
304 · Fonds · [1932-2005]

This fonds consists of approximately 51.64 meters of textual material, 18 photographs, 24 drawings, 46 posters, 14 maps, 4 audio reels, 14 audio cassettes, 5 sound CDs, three 16 mm film reels and approximately 395 videocassettes in Betamax and Umatic format.

The textual material created and/or managed by the Directorate of the Department of Renewable Resources between 1974-1993, include correspondence of the Minister, Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy. In addition, there are divisional reports, minutes of meetings, briefing notes, decision papers, Land Use Planning records, Management Steering Committee records, copies of submissions to environmental review boards and copies of agreements between the Federal Government and the GNWT. There is also a copy of an operational review of the department that was conducted between 1990-1991, a subsequent report and appendices of a departmental organizational review, and files related to enforcement issues and development of hunting regulations in the Liard/Mackenzie Corridor. Additionally, there are three files from the department library that relate to forestry and game officers from 1950-1969.

The records from the Finance and Administration Division consist of files relating to Departmental Organization and Priorities. These records are dated between 1984-1986.

The records from the Policy and Planning Division relates to Departmental reviews and responses and an overall Government of the Northwest Territories Functional Inventory.

The records from the Yellowknife Division relate to amendments to the operational manual, regulations, and legislation.

The fonds also contains records relating to the transfer (devolution) forestry and fire management from the federal government, including correspondence, work plans, asset inventories, organizational charts, job descriptions, and meeting minutes.

The fonds also includes records relating to forest management, including the 1987 Forest Resources Transfer Agreement, “Forests for Tomorrow: Forest Management in the Northwest Territories A Public Policy Discussion Paper” and related feedback, timber licensing and inspection, forest utilization, timber export, integrated resource management (Liard/Nahanni Valley), and forest fire response, including protection of communities.

The fonds also includes general records relating to trapping, seal hunting and marketing, the Furbearer Management Program, compensation, incentive and income support programs, trap exchange, and the Natural Resources Conservation Trust Fund (NRCTF).

The textual material from the Wildlife Services Division consists of several oversize ledgers documenting Hunting and Trapping Reports and Fur Export Tax Reports from across the Northwest Territories. There are also general correspondence files, minutes of meetings, memorandums, strategic planning, and policies relating to the division's activities, programs and workshops delivered and files relating to the transfer of responsibilities for forestry and fire management from the federal government to the Government of the Northwest Territories. In addition there are records dealing with wildlife regulations, enforcement, devolution of land and water, and outfitting, individual trapping records, harvest reports, outfitter harvest statistics, reports on the monitoring of different wildlife species, Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) files, human resources files, Game Office files, caribou and moose surveys, fisheries data, fur dealers records, registered trapping areas, Trappers Association records, export permits, trappers assistance records, organized hunts, buffalo/caribou hunter data, trapper and hunter kill statistics, anthrax control and emergency response planning, humane trapping, community freezers and bison ranching. There are also annual reports for the division, 1990-1992.

There are also files that were created by the Forest and Wildlife office in Rae and Fort Smith. This material contains Robert Douglas' monthly patrol reports and correspondence from between 1951-1955. The reports include summaries of the warden's duties, weather reports, wildlife observations, hunting, trapping and fishing activities, lists of game taken and licenses issued, as well as the monitoring of animal species, particularly caribou. The remaining material from Fort Smith dates between 1987-1996 and contains files relating to Administration, Personnel, Policy and Directives, Finance and Budget, Training, Lands and Properties, Associations, Committees and Boards, Native Organizations, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Research and Field Studies, Resource Development, Fisheries and Forestry Legislation and Enforcement, Licenses and Permits, Conservation Education and Pollution Control. In addition, there are approximately 35 maps from this division that concern animal trapping in the Northwest Territories.

The textual material from the Pollution Control Division dates between 1975 - 1991. The records consist of air quality reports, water quality reports, and information about solid waste management, hazardous waste management, waste oil, chemical disposal, anti-litter campaign, and minutes from the Pollution Control Division meetings and Yellowknife Anti-Litter Committee meetings. The records also include a copy of the "Truth North" #2 comic book.

The material generated or managed by the Field Services Division between 1961-1986, consists of correspondence, minutes from Regional Superintendents and Regional Hunters and Trappers Associations meetings, field project reports, reports from regional and community wildlife officers, fur records, forms and reference material kept by the division. The records relate to a variety of activities such as: hunting, trapping, enforcement of regulations, animal studies, fisheries, training and organizational structure. Reports from the five administrative regions of the Government of the Northwest Territories (Fort Smith, Inuvik, Keewatin, Baffin and the Kitikmeot, which was once part of the Fort Smith region) have been kept in an effort to document regional activities and responses.

The records from the Environmental Planning and Assessment Division date from 1971 to 1991 and consist of land use planning evaluations, correspondence, policies, minutes of meetings, social impact studies and records relating to water management and planning, Inter-jurisdictional Water Negotiations and Environmental Impact-Assessment of Oil/Gas and Mineral Exploration.

The three 16 mm film reels contain two films produced by the Department of Renewable Resources in conjunction with the Department of Culture and Communication. The first film is entitled "Koukdjuak Crossing: Caribou Tagging on Baffin Island." The film is available in English and Inuktitut. The second film, "Two Have Forever: Hunting the Bathurst Caribou Herd" was produced in 1986; it illustrates the importance of the Bathurst herd to the Inuit, Dene and non-natives. This film is available in English and Innuiaqtun. The accession containing approximately 395 videocassettes was produced by or for the Conservation Education and Resource Development Division of the Department of Renewable Resources. The videocassettes contain informational programming about wildlife management, trapping, fur handling, oil spill containment, hunting safety, firearm safety, information about Renewable Resources officers and projects, land use planning and wildlife conservation.

Part of the fonds is comprised of a series of posters produced the department for the annual National Wildlife Week Poster Contest; another series warns of the dangers of bears; a third series relates to Wildlife Regulations in relation to hunting and the export of animals/pelts/meat outside the Northwest Territories. The sound recordings consist of 3 audio reels and 6 DAT audiocassettes that contain recordings from a conference entitled "Fish, Fur and Game for the Future" held in February 1981. The remaining sound recordings, which consist of 14 audiocassettes and 1 audio reel, contain programs and radio ads that were produced by the department between 1985-1990. These programs and ads were aimed at teaching northerners about caring for the environment, educating them about the role of the department and raising awareness about new wildlife regulations. The audio reel contains the proceedings from a Fur Symposium held in Fort Resolution from 1986.

The remaining material within the fonds is comprised of published studies, reports, and brochures from the Department of Renewable Resources; the majority of material relates to its Wildlife Service subdivision between 1976 and approximately 1997. There are also reports and indices of scientific research licences issued 1974-1982. There are also approximately 5 cm of reports created by the Science Advisory Board of the Northwest Territories. The reports date from 1979-1982 and include the objectives of the Board as well as multiple topics including population studies, imported foods to the N.W.T., wind energy, aquatic resources, arctic marine mammals, dietary habits of native populations and animal management.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources (1979-1997)
G-1988-010 · Accession · 1984-1986
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

"Koukdjuak Crossing: Caribou Tagging on Baffin Island" was produced in 1984 and is 18 minutes long. It explains the caribou-tagging program, as it existed on Baffin Island up to that date. The film shows Paul Kraft and crew ear-tagging caribou on the Koukdjuak River, and then explains how this has contributed to knowledge of caribou movements on south Baffin. This film is available in English (:0001) and Inuktitut (:0002). "To Have Forever: Hunting the Bathurst Caribou Herd" was produced in 1986 and is 26 minutes long. This film shows the importance of the Bathurst herd to three different cultures: Inuit, Dene and non-natives. Hunters are shown in summer, fall and winter, and different meat handling techniques are compared and contrasted. This film is available in English (:0003) and Innuiaqtun (:0004). The Innuiaqtun version is available on VHS videocassette only.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Conservation Education and Resource Development division
G-1991-002 · Accession · 1951-1955
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

The files contain Robert Douglas' monthly patrol reports from September 1951 to January 1955 as well as some correspondence. The reports are in general more detailed than typical patrol reports of the time, and include summaries of the warden's duties, weather reports, wildlife observations, hunting, trapping and fishing activities, lists of game taken and licenses issued. They were created by the federal Forest and Wildlife office in Rae and from Fort Smith, and kept by the Conservation Education division of the Department of Renewable Resources.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Conservation Education and Resource Development division
G-1992-014 · Accession · [198-?]
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

One series of posters documents the NWT Winners for the annual National Wildlife Week Poster Contest, another series warns of the dangers of bears. A third series relates to Wildlife Regulations on hunting and the export of animals/pelts/meat outside the Northwest Territories. The Wildlife Ordinance posters are often duplicated to allow for the use of the following four languages: English, French, Syllabics and Inuktitut (Roman Orthography).

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Field Services division
G-1993-010 · Accession · 1972-1986
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

The records include correspondence, minutes from Regional Superintendents meetings, regional reports from Fort Smith, Inuvik, Baffin, Keewatin and the Kitikmeot, correspondence and minutes from the meetings of the Regional Hunters and Trappers Associations and Renewable Resource Officer reports from the communities and regions of Fort Smith, Inuvik, Kitikmeot and the Keewatin.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Field Services division
G-1993-011 · Accession · 1961-1986
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

These files consist of correspondence, minutes of meetings, field project reports, reports of regional and community wildlife officers, fur records, forms and reference material kept by the division. The records relate to a variety of activities such as: hunting, trapping, enforcement of wildlife regulations, animal studies, fisheries, training, and organizational structure. The records show evidence of the division's activities, programs delivered, and the impact the division's policies may have had on the residents of the Northwest Territories. Reports from the five administrative regions of the Government of the Northwest Territories (Fort Smith, Inuvik, Keewatin, Baffin and the Kitikmeot which was once part of the Fort Smith region) have been kept in an effort to document regional activities and responses. Some files were created by the division's predecessors.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Field Services division
G-1994-002 · Accession · 1975-1980
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

Records consist of correspondence, divisional reports, minutes of meetings and copies of agreements between the Federal Government and the Government of the Northwest Territories. The records show evidence of the department's activities, programs delivered, and the impact the department's policies may have had on the residents of the Northwest Territories.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Directorate
G-1994-004 · Accession · 1953-1985
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

Records consist of correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, memorandums, policies and chronos. The records relate to the division's activities, the programs delivered and the transfer of responsibilities for forestry and fire management from the federal government to the GNWT. There are also files documenting the monitoring of animal species, particularly caribou. Some files were produced by the division's predecessors.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Wildlife Management division
G-1994-008 · Accession · 1947-1984
Part of Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources fonds

The textual records primarily consist of game and wildlife officer reports as well as reports and correspondence of various regional projects and programs. The textual records also consist of reports and correspondence related to the administration of organized hunts, fishing licenses, and land use permits in the Fort Smith Region, in addition to proposals for regional department reorganization, policies and procedures, and game surveys. The cartographic records consist of maps that have been annotated by various Fort Smith Region trappers.

Northwest Territories. Department of Renewable Resources. Fort Smith Regional Office