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

Photograph: July 1st Sports Day, ca. 1910. SPRA 0056.01.003c-2 Part of Harry Tuffill 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.

This photo (SPRA 0056.01.003c-2) is captioned “Indians Racing, July 1st 1910” at Saskatoon Lake Sports Day.” This photo is part of the Harry Tuffill fonds; it was taken by Harry Tuffill while he was in the Peace Country with Walter McFarlane’s survey crew.  Our records do not identify the people in this photo, so if you may know who they are or have other stories about local Indigenous entertainment we would love to hear it! Please contact us at or 780-830-5105.

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