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Metis Association of Alberta executive, Edmonton, 1935
Metis Association of Alberta executive, Edmonton, 1935
PA-2218-109

Metis Association of Alberta fonds

To view brief history of organization and summary of contents click here.

Table of Contents

Series 1 Administration. -- 1968-1978
Series 2 Locals. -- 1969-1976
Series 3 Historical. -- 1871-1935
Series 4 Government. -- 1968-1975
Series 5 Meetings and conferences. -- 1968-1978
Series 6 Native Council of Canada. -- 1970-1975
Series 7 Cultural Heritage. -- 1970-1975
Series 8 Housing. -- 1970-1978
Series 9 Private companies. -- 1969-1975
Series 10 Projects and programs. -- 1969-1975
Series 11 Education. -- 1969-1977
Sereis 12 Communications. -- 1969-1977
Series 13 Organizations and associations. -- 1969-1975
Series 14 Correctional institutions. -- 1969-1977
Series 15 Land. -- 1969-1975
Series 16 Recreation. -- 1969-1978
Series 17 Environment. -- 1969-1975
Series 18 Health and welfare. -- 1968-1975
Series 19 Economic development. -- 1970-1972
Series 20 Personal files of MAA staff. -- 1968-1978
Series 21 Accounting files. -- 1977-1978
Series 22 Subject files. -- 1975-1976
Series 23 Reports. -- 1978-1980
Series 24 Sound recordings. -- 1969-1971
Series 25 Video recordings. -- 1972-1974

Inventory

Series 1 Administration. -- 1968-1978. -- 4.85 m of textual records. -- The series consists of general administrative and office records for the organization, including correspondence, day files, President's Office material, invitations, memos, policies, executive and personnel files.

Call numbers M-4755-(1-457 and 2069-2105). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 2 Locals. -- 1969-1976. --1.45 m of textual records. -- 1.45 m of textual records. -- The series consists of information from specific locals of the MAA throughout Alberta. The files are not consistent, but may contain minutes of meetings, correspondence with members, proposals for economic developments, lists of members and information concerning activities within the locals. Note: See the Housing series for information about the Winter Warmth program.

Call numbers M-4755-(458-625 and 2106-2185). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 3 Historical. -- 1871-1935. --37.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of photocopies of articles and government documents which pertain to the history of the Metis and the Metis Association of Alberta. Also present are documents collected by the Pappaschase Historical Society.

Call numbers M-4755-(626-657). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 4 Government. -- 1968-1975. -- 1.06 m of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence between the Metis Association of Alberta and various government departments and agencies, as well as general information regarding government services, especially those for native peoples. The series is divided into municipal, provincial and federal sections.

Call numbers M-4755-(658-754). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 5 Meetings and conferences. -- 1968-1978. -- 2.19 m of textual records. -- The series consists almost exclusively of minutes of meetings. Also included are Annual Assembly kits, which include reports on yearly activities and finances.

Call numbers M-4755-(755-850 and 2268-2314). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 6 Native Council of Canada. -- 1970-1975. -- 50 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of documents relating to the Native Council of Canada, based in Ottawa, of which the Metis Association of Alberta was a member. Included are communications between the two organizations, and related material.

Call numbers M-4755-(851-877). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 7 Cultural heritage. -- 1970-1975. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of a collection of articles and manuscripts related to Metis culture ahd history. It has been artificially arranged in alphabetical order.

Call numbers M-4755-(878-890). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 8 Housing. -- 1970-1978. -- 4.75 m of textual records. -- The series consists of extensive information concerning the Housing Department of the MAA. Most records pertain to various house upgrading programs administered by the department, including the Emergency Repair Program, the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), the Emergency Trailer Program, and the Winter Warmth Program. These programs were undertaken by the MAA ususally with provincial or federal government financial support.

Call numbers M-4755-(891-1253). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 9 Private companies.-- 1969-1975. -- 6 cm of textual records. -- The series consists mainly of correspondence and financial papers created by the Metis Association of Alberta and certain private companies.

Call numbers M-4755-(1254-1267). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 10 Projects and programs. -- 1969-1975. -- 62.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of records of programs initiated or administered by the MAA, or some closely affiliated organization. The early records of the Outreach program are actually the records of the MAA's Department of Job Placement and Opportunities. Department Head Muriel Venne took on the responsibility of the Outreach program when the Job Placement and Opportunities Department was discontinued by the MAA in 1974.

Call numbers M-4755-(1268-1324). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 11 Education. -- 1969-1977. -- 2.06 m of textual records. -- The series consists of administration and subject files as well as a significant number of surveys completed by Alberta Metis on the schooling and employment. The latter are currently restricted and permission must be obtained from the MAA in order to use them. The series also includes records of the Alberta Native Education Foundation, which was created as a charitable organization to raise money for secondary and post-secondary education of native students. Note: The personal files of Frances Ebersbach, Louise Babcock and Dave Elliot also contain information on the Education Department.

Call numbers M-4755-(1325-1462). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 12 Communications. -- 1969-1977. -- 1.5 m of textual records. -- The series consists of records of the MAA Communications Department and its predecessor, the Public Relations and Communications Department. Includes correspondence, reports, press releases, and business conducted with the Alberta Native Communicatons Society. There is a significant collection of newspaper clippings relating to natives and poor people, and an incomplete set of the Metis Newsletter.

Call numbers M-4755-(1463-1532). Scanned Document View detailled list.
Series 13 Organizations and associations. -- 1969-1975. -- 87.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence and related materials arising from contact between the MAA and other organizations, primarily native-related. Includes dealings with the CNIB and Canadian Progress Club. There is a good selection of material pertaining to Metis women, Metis associations across Canada, native counselling services and native friendship centres.

Call numbers M-4755-(1533-1619). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 14 Correctional institutions. -- 1969-1977. --12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of records pertaining to natie corrections, primarily the Native Brotherhood and the Neegan Society.

Call numbers M-4755-(1620-1630). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 15 Land. -- 1969-1975. -- 87.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of the administration and subject files of the MAA's Land Department. Also included are regional files which contain specific information re personal land claims and issues. These files are restricted. There is significant information in the subject files on native fishing associations, as well as a survey (restricted) of Metis hunters and fishermen about their rights.

Call numbers M-4755-(1631-1726). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 16 Recreation. -- 1969-1978. -- 31 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of administration and subject files of the MAA's Recreaton Department. The subject files relate to various native recreation endeavors throughout Alberta. There is also a survey on the subject of Metis recreation, which is restricted.

Call numbers M-4755-(1727-1752). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 17 Environment. -- 1969-1975. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of records created by various MAA personnel, primarily about agriculture and fishing. There is also information on sheep farming and the Kanata Fur Trappers' Association. Note: The personal files of Stan Daniels also relate to this.

Call numbers M-4755-(1753-1766). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 18 Health and welfare. -- 1968-1975. -- 1.13 m of textual records. -- The series consists of administration, subject and case files of the MAA's Health and Welfare Department. The entire series is restricted due to the personal information contained throughout. There is a large body of completed surveys entitled "Social and Economic Questionnaire", done in 1970 (restricted). The case files present unique personal data about economic and social conditions. Note: Frances Ebersbach personal files relate to her time as head of this department from 1974-1977.

Call numbers M-4755-(1767-2061). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 19 Economic development. -- 1970-1972. -- 12.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of the records of the MAA's short-lived Department of Economic Development, and includes a survey done in 1970, which is restricted.

Call numbers M-4755-(2062-2068). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 20 Personal files of Metis Association of Alberta staff. -- 1968-1978. -- 37.5 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of the files of Louise Babcock, Dorothy Daniels, Frances Ebersbach, Dave Elliot, Gary Gaudet, Emile Girard, Ernest Howse Sr., Clarence Longmore, Stan Daniels, and June Stifle.

Call numbers M-4755-(2315-2748). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 21 Accounting files. -- 1977-1978. -- 12.5 cm of textual records.-- The series consists of an overall (if brief) view of the financial workings of MAA, which at this time was undergoing downsizing due to decreasing government grants. The personnel files are restricted.

Call numbers M-4755-(2749-2798). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 22 Subject files. -- 1975-1976. -- 44 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of files created while Ambrose Lacoucane was president of the MAA. The files relate largely to MAA's dealings with other native organizations, governments, and various programs related to health care, the arts, housing and education. The series was discontinued when he left office.

Call numbers M-4755-(2186-2267). Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 23 Reports. -- 1978-1980. -- 3 volumes. -- Consists of three research reports regarding the origins of Alberta Metis and their claims to land.

"Land Claims Research Final Report" / Metis Association of Alberta. -- Edmonton, 1978 (call number M-5848)

Origins of the Alberta Metis: Land Claims Research Project, 1978-79 / Metis Association of Alberta. -- Edmonton, 1979 (call number M-5664)

The Metis and the Land in Alberta: Land Claims Research Project, 1979-1980 / Metis Association of Alberta. -- Edmonton, 1980 (call number M-5713)
Series 24 Sound recordings. -- 1969-1971. -- 58 audio reels. -- The series consists of recordings of MAA meetings, workshops, and interviews with individuals.

Call number RBT-38. Scanned Document View detailed list.
Series 25 Video recordings. -- 1972-1974. -- 64 video cassettes. -- The series consists of recording of MAA meetings, workshops and interviews with individuals.

Call number V-7. Scanned Document View detailed list.
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