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Chief Pat Waite fonds

[ca. 1918]-2006; predominant 1960-2004

Physical Description:
3.9 m of textual records. -- 88 photographs. -- 3 sound recordings

Patricia Riley, 1930-2013, was a well-educated, non-native who came to identify strongly with the native population of Calgary, Alberta and surrounding area and worked assiduously to promote their interests through active membership in a number of important local native and non-native organizatons. She was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and moved as a child to Calgary. She attended St. Hilda's School for Girls and later the University of Toronto where she studied law, economics and political science. She subsequently obtained degrees in voice and dance, and began an extensive study of First Nations songs and rituals. In 1954 she married John Hilary Waite, 1928-2006, and they had five children, Michael Rory, Miles Riley, Megan Roxanne, Tyrone Alexander and Sean Vincent. She was a charter member of the Calgary Indian Friendship Centre and served on the executive for ten years. Mrs.Waite was also President of the University Women's Club of Calgary and an executive member of the Calgary Knights of the Round Table. She both founded and directed the Calgary Urban Indian Youth organization and sat on the mayor's Calgary Native Urban Affairs Committee. She was named Chief of Calgary's urban aboriginal population in 1987.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, photographs, and other records from Calgary Urban Indian Youth and many other organizations with which Mrs. Waite was involved, including Alberta Indian Education Centre, Calgary Indian Friendship Centre, Calgary Native Urban Affairs Committee, Calgary Knights of the Round Table, Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies, and University Women's Club of Calgary (Canadian Federation of Women, Calgary), etc.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Pat Waite, 2006.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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