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

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.

Our caption describes this photo (SPRA 0032.08.08.1097) as “First Nations Women, ca. 1914. Two First Nations women sitting on the steps of a log cabin.” This photo is a part of the Campbell family fonds.  Isabel Campbell made numerous contributions to preserving the history of the Peace Country, including photographs like this one which document Indigenous people of the region.

Do you recognize the women in this photo? Photographs that are left blank or without complete information creates a gap in our local history that we would love to fill.  If you have any stories to share about Indigenous women in the area, where this photo may have been taken, or who these women are, we would love to hear it! Please contact us at or 780-830-5105.

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