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Joseph F. Dion,
President of the Metis Associtaion of Alberta
October 5, 1960
PA-347-2

Joseph Dion fonds

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Series 1

Correspondence. - 1931-1960 and n.d. - Series consists of Metis Association of Alberta correspondence concerning change of legislation by Order in Council for Metis, the organization of the Association, and welfare services for the Metis. Further correspondence contains comments on minutes of the Association meetings and attempts to extend reserve lands to Metis.

M-331-1Miscellaneous. - n.d.
M-331-2 Correspondence. - 1931-1939. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of L'Association des Métis de L'Alberta, including correspondence with the organizations' vice-presidents, James Brady, Malcolm Norris and Peter Tomkins. Also includes correspondence with various government officials about the creation of Metis settlements. View now.
M-331-3 Correspondence. - 1940-1949. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with provincial government officials about Metis settlements concerns. View now.
M-331-4 Correspondence. - 1950-1952. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with James Brady, Peter Tomkins, and J.W. Beaudry about efforts to reorganize and revitalize the organization. View now.
M-331-5 Correspondence. - 1952-1953. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with James Brady, Peter Tomkins, and J.W. Beaudry about the organization's activities. View now.
M-331-6 Correspondence. - 1954-1955. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with A.C. McCully (provincial Supervisor of Metis Rebabilitation) about the organization's activities. View now.
M-331-7 Correspondence. - 1956-1957. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with A.C. McCully (provincial Supervisor of Metis Rebabilitation) and McCully's successor, Henry R. Irwin, about the organization's activities. View now.
M-331-8 Correspondence. - 1958. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with Henry R. Irwin (provincial Supervisor of Metis Rebabilitation) about the organization's activities. View now.
M-331-9 Correspondence. - 1958-1960. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with Henry R. Irwin (provincial Supervisor of Metis Rebabilitation) about the organization's activities. View now.
M-331-10 Correspondence. - 1959-1960. - Consists of correspondence of Joe Dion as president of the Metis Association of Alberta, including correspondence with Henry R. Irwin (provincial Supervisor of Metis Rebabilitation) about the organization's activities. View now.
Related material Other Dion correspondence, 1932-1952, is in the James Brady fonds at Glenbow (M-125-27). Scanned Document View now.

Series 2

Minutes, reports, notices, and membership lists. - n.d. and [ca.1930]-1960. - Series is in relation to the Metis Brotherhood Association, and their concern with raising the status of the Metis by increasing social welfare, education and health.

M-331-11 Reports and submission to the government. - 1932-1935. - Consists of reports of Joe Dion as president of L'Association des Métis de L'Alberta, submissions to the provincial government about the living conditions of the Métis, and reports of the Half Breed Commission. View now.
M-331-12Minutes of general meetings. - 1939, 1951-1953 and 1957
M-331-13Minutes of local meetings. - 1955
M-331-14Printed notices and reports. - 1940 and 1960. - File includes Act to amend and consolidate the Metis Population Betterment Act.
M-331-15Circular mailing list. - n.d.-[ca.1930]
M-331-16Membership lists. - 1933, 1952-1953 and 1954- 1955
M-331-17Miscellaneous notes. - 1932 and 1956

Series 3

Indian Association of Alberta. - 1929- 1960 and n.d. - Series consists of Association's correspondence, information on the organization, "Hobbema News", copies of Indian Act and notes in Cree language.

M-331-18Correspondence. - 1946
M-331-19Hugh Dempsey correspondence. - 1960
M-331-20Indian Affairs organization. - 1938, 1944 and 1960
M-331-21"Hobbema Moccasin News"- includes information on the Ermineskin Residential School. - 1960
M-331-22House of Commons Debates. - 1946-1960. - File is in relation to Indian Act and Indian Affairs.
M-331-23Notes in Cree language. - n.d.
M-331-24Venereal diseases, T. B., Diphtheria, and Croup. - 1929, 1938 and 1951

Series 4

Personal and business papers. - 1923- 1960 and n.d. - Series consists of diaries, notebooks and memos.

M-331-25Personal papers. - 1930-1958- includes birth certificates and certificates of baptism.
M-331-26Miscellaneous. - 1930-1958
M-331-27Diaries. - 1923, [ca.1930-1940], 1939, [ca1946-1948], 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1959
M-331-28Notebooks, memos, lists and minutes. - 1932, 1942- 1950, 1946-1953, 1958, n.d. and 1958-1960

Series 5

Stories, histories, interviews and rough notes. - 1872, n.d. and 1922-1960

M-331-29Rough Drafts of stories for "History of the Cree". - n.d.
M-331-30Interviews and Cree Ethnology. - 1872 and n.d. - File includes Story of Famine of 1872, by Michel Cardinal; Reminiscence of Antoin Jibeau; Indian Dances and Societies; Programme of Old Time Dances; Indian and Half-breed Old Time Stories; The Indian Story; and Story told by Mrs. Gustave Dion.
M-331-31First Nations Stories. - n.d. - File includes I was Buried Alive (2 copies); The Indian Dreams (4 copies); The Good Old Days among the Cree (2 copies); and My Friend Bruce (4 copies).
M-331-32History of Onion Lake (2 copies). - n.d.
M-331-33Stories, drafts and scripts. - 1955, 1957 and n.d. - File includes Mrs. Dion's contribution in the St. Paul Journal (1957); Golden Jubilee letter (1955); Life's Like That; Health Problem Among the Indian and Metis; Letter to Free Press Weekly; and Radio Programme (Saturday, Feb. 20).
M-331-34Miscellaneous rough notes. - n.d.
M-331-35Early History of Onion Lake. - n.d.
M-332 "My Tribe , the Cree"- includes drafts and galleys. - 1958-1960
M-4373 "History of Cree Indians of western Canada"- as published by the Bonnyville Tribune. - 1958-1960
M-331-36Metis paper in Cree syllabics. - n.d.
M-331-oversizeScrapbooks and daily registers. - 1922-1960 and n.d. - File includes scrapbook of "History of the Cree Indian in Western Canada"(April 1958- March 1959, April 1959-February 1960, and March 1960-September 1960); 40 unclipped news articles of Cree History; and daily registers of pupils for the Long Lake Day School (1922-1926, and 1941-1947).

Series 6

Photographs. - 1930-1960 and n.d. - Consists of views of Joseph Dion, friends, Metis Dancers, and Onion Lake School.

Many of the photographs have been scanned. View now.

NA-927-1Metis dancing group, on stage. - 1931
NA-927-2Metis dancing group. - [ca. 1931]
NA- 2815-1Joseph Dion. - Oct. 5, 1960
NA-2815-2Handkerchief dance by Metis, Quebec Festival. - 1930
PA-347-1Handkerchief dance by Metis, Quebec Festival. - 1930
PA-347-2Joseph Dion. - Oct. 5, 1960
PA-347-3Onion Lake School. - n.d.
PA-347-4Rev. Pere Jules Teston, O. M. I.- Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. - n.d.
PA-347-5Isabelle Little Bear- Cree, born 1873, granddaughter of Big Bear. - 1958
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