Renaming the Past, Reclaiming Their Stories: Indigenous Records at the South Peace Regional Archives

Photograph: Aboriginal People on Horseback, ca. 1930. SPRA 0032.08.08.0459 Part of Campbell Family fonds

The South Peace Regional Archives initiated a survey of the region’s holdings in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) call to actions to locate records within their holdings related to Indian Residential Schools. We found very few records related to residential schools, but we did find several records related to Indigenous people and communities in our region. We decided to expand the scope of our research to look for any records related to Indigenous peoples within our holdings.

Thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers, we now have a small database of material to share. While we pursue avenues of access, we would like to start sharing some of these images and documents.

The caption on this photo (SPRA 0032.08.08.0459) describes it as “a group of nine Aboriginal people, including men, women, and children, on horseback.” This photo is part of the Campbell fonds; Isabel Campbell was a local historian who was very dedicated in preserving the history of Grande Prairie.  She collected many photographs that document the history of Grande Prairie across many topics.

The people in this photo are not identified in our records.  If you know who they might be, or have any stories to share about Indigenous people in the area, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at or 780-830-5105 to share any memories or information you have.

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