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 0291.04.11) as an Indigenous Man With Pack Dogs (1942-1943). The man is not identified; he is described as “a man stands outside in winter with a couple of dogs beside him.” This photo is part of Ray Menard Alaska Highway collection. The Ray Menard fonds contains 92 photographs taken by Ray during the time he worked as a mechanic and machinist on the construction of the Alaska Highway from 1942-1943.

If you have any idea of who this man might be we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at or 780-830-5105.

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