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Political and Social History of Northern BC

Northern BC Archives collections on political personalities, social and political activists, and political history at various levels of government in Northern BC.

Walt Taylor fonds (1951-2001)

Walt Taylor fonds - 2002.9 - View Finding Aid

The records illustrate activities of Walt Taylor (1919-2002) as a social activist in the Okanagan region of B.C. in the 1970s, and his involvement with political-environmental activist movements in the Bulkley Valley-Telkwa-Smithers area c.1980s-1990s. The Taylor fonds includes records of the Skeena Round Table for a Sustainable Society, the Northwest Study Conference Society and the Waging Peace Society; as well as, background research compiled for Taylor’s publication Waging Peace for a Living: An Action Plan for survival of life on earth (1999).

Holdings: 5.1 metres of textual records including:

  • correspondence to and from activist organizations
  • circulars to society members
  • background papers on social activist issues
  • background reports on BC First Nations environmental and land claims issues
  • background studies on environmental & economic impacts of industrial developments proposed for Northern BC,
  • newspaper clippings
  • various publications

Research Significance

These records are of significance relating to proposed economic developments:

  • open-pit mining
  • fishing and forestry policies
  • nuclear power
  • documents pertaining to political-environmental actions conducted by Northern BC stakeholders such as First Nations (Gitskan and Wet'su'wet'en)
  • NGO’s such as the Telkwa Educational Action Committee of Householders

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