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First Nations & Indigenous Peoples of Northern BC

This guide showcases the Northern BC Archives collections concerning the First Nations and indigenous peoples of Northern BC.

Research and Other Collections

Vivian Antoniw Collection - 2004.18 (ca. 1960): The Vivian Antoniw Collection consists of textual and photographic materials including Antoniw’s graduate thesis research work c.1960 on Northwest Coast totem poles, particularly near Hazelton, Kitimaat area. Materials include textual records, thesis, photographs, slides, artistic sketches by Antoniw and grey literature related to Northwest Coast art.

Restrictions on access: None


First Nations - 2002.9.4 series from the Walt Taylor fonds - 2002.9 (1919-2002): Series consists of posters, newsletters, maps, reports, articles, statements, conference proceedings, background papers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, declarations, brochures, memoranda, proposals, speeches, publications, court documents, and telexes related to Walt Taylor's direct involvement with, or indirect research into, the following First Nations groups, individuals and events: Gitksan-Wet'suwet'en Tribal Council; Gitksan-Carrier Tribal Council; Cariboo Tribal Council, Tahltan Nation, Nisga'a Tribal Council, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Council of the Haida Nation, Cree Nation, Leonard Peltier (Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations) Iroquois Nations, Nazko Nation, Kluskus Band and the Delgamuukw et al v. The Queen court case. View Finding Aid and with series' file list beginning on page 54 of the document.

Restrictions on access: None.


"Unlocking the Medicine Chest" drafts - 2000.10.1 series from the David G. Fish fonds - 2000.10 (1995-1997): Series consists of different drafts of Chapter 7, "Unlocking the Medicine Chest: The Implications of Transferring Control of Health Services to First Nations," for the book, Prospering Together: The Economic Impact of Aboriginal Settlement in British Columbia, published by the Laurier Institute, as well as other related records. Includes publication "A Statistical Report on the Health of First Nations in British Columbia", Health Canada, 1995.

Restrictions on access: Some restrictions in effect. Contact the archives for details.