Johnny Callihoo fonds
12.5 cm of textual records
Johnny Callihoo, 1882-1957, was born on the Michel reserve (50 km north of Edmonton, Alberta) of Iroquois-Cree extraction. He worked as a freighter in northern Alberta, and later farmed. He was very active in lobbying for First Nations rights, and in 1937 became the president of the newly-formed League of Alberta Indians. In 1939 the group was reorganized under his leadership as the Indian Association of Alberta, and became one of the most influential First Nations groups in Canada. In 1947 he led an IAA delegation to Ottawa to appear before the Joint Committee of the Senate and Commons on Indian Affairs. He retired later the same year.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records related to the Indian Association of Alberta, the Michel band, and other First Nations organizations including the League of Indians, Friends of the Indians Society, Union of Saskatchewan Indians, and Indian Association of America. Includes correspondence with Malcolm F. Norris, Joe Dion, John Laurie, Dr. Barnabas S'Hiuhushu, and many IAA members.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Hugh A. Dempsey, 2005.
The material is in English.
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