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Indian Association of Alberta fonds


Physical Description:
93 cm of textual records. -- 2 audio reels. -- 94 photographs. -- 1 poster

The Indian Association of Alberta held its first meeting at Wabamun on July 28, 1939, with delegates present from eleven reserves. The group grew out of the earlier League of Indians of Alberta. By 1945 IAA had locals on most Alberta reserves, and it developed into one of the most influential Indian groups in Canada. It sent delegations to the Joint Committee of the Senate and Commons on Indian Affairs in 1947 and 1960, and has been directly involved in obtaining revisions to the Indian Act, improved health and educational facilities, and other services for Alberta Indians. For further information see Laurie Meijer Drees "History of the Indian Association of Alberta, 1939-1959". -- unpublished PhD thesis, University of Calgary, 1997; and The Indian Association of Alberta : A History of Political Action. -- Vancouver : University of British Columbia Press, 2002.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of constitution and bylaws; minutes (1943-1971); correspondence (1931-1963); submissions to the Joint Committees on Indian Affairs (1946-1947, 1959-1960); recording of a meeting held at Morley (1958); photographs of meetings and reserves; and miscellaneous reports, reference material, newsclippings, circulars and a poster. Includes Hugh A Dempsey's research material about the organization (1969-1961); Ruth Gorman's correspondence and reports (1956-1987); minutes of the Friends of the Indians Society (1956-1957); minutes of the Advisory Board to IAA (1957-1968); and response of the Association to the Government of Canada's white paper on Indian policy.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Hugh Dempsey, the John Laurie estate, Ruth Gorman, David Crowchild, Reta Rowan and First Nations University of Canada, 1960-2014.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Other IAA records are in the John Laurie fonds, James Gladstone fonds, and Johnny Callihoo fonds at Glenbow.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-4334, M-7155, M-7169, M-7811, M-9676, PA-1041, NA-3137, RBT-7

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