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Accession Number: 75-015


Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples fonds. -- 1956-1973. -- 10 m of textual records. -- ca. 500 photographs.

Biography / History

The Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples is an association of natives and non-natives in support of natives. It was originally established in 1957 under the name of the National Commission on the Indian Canadian and was a non-native organization created to study the "Indian problem". The first chairman of the Commission was Mrs. W.H. Clark. By February 1958 it had become apparent that the problems of the native peoples were much more complex than first anticipated, and it was decided to involve aboriginal peoples in the Commission to help find viable solutions. In 1960, the Indian-Eskimo Association was incorporated, with Mrs. Clark as the first president. The I.E.A. had several functions which included encouraging native leaders to form organizations, fund-raising, organizing workshops to discuss native housing, community and economic development, and providing advice and support in legal matters. Also, provincial and regional divisions were created to help deal with specific native issues, not just native problems on a general level. By 1968, several national and provincial native organizations had been organized. In September of the same year, leaders of the native organizations met with representatives of the I.E.A. to discuss the future role of the Association. It was agreed that the native organizations still needed the I.E.A.'s support, but that they should begin to deal directly with governments, without the I.E.A. acting as the middleman. It was clear that the future of the I.E.A. was to provide only support and advice to the developing native organizations. In 1972, many of the recommendations made in 1968 had come into effect. The name was changed to the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples to reflect the new functions of the Association more accurately. At this time, regional offices of the Association were closed, and the head office moved from Toronto to Ottawa. The Association dissolved in 2015.

Custodial History

The fonds was created by, and in the custody of, the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of minutes, reports, briefs, memoranda, scrapbooks and memorabilia of the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples which has been divided into the following series: A-1 - Constitution and by-laws; A-2 - minutes - with 4 sub-series - National Commission on the Indian Canadian; Board of Directors: Papers of Executive Director; Committees. B-1 - correspondence; C-1 - Annual Reports and Briefs; C-2 - conferences, conventions, workshops, etc.; C-3 - materials on native and non-native organizations; C-4 - Indian-Eskimo Association - Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples Library; C-5 - Student Volunteer Service: C-6 - applications for employment; C-7 - subject files, arranged alphabetically; D-1 - D-2 - association and divisional financial statements,; E - 1,2,3 - accounts, ledgers, materials from financial campaigns; and F - miscellaneous, photos memorabilia and scrapbooks.


Title based on the organization which created the fonds.

The fonds was donated by the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples.

The fonds was arranged according to priciples developed at the Public Archives of Canada for the papers of corporate bodies and private associations.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Additions to the fonds: 77-018, 82-014 and 94-009. Further accruals are expected.

For related records see: 78-003, 81-018, 91-010, 94-010, 95-005, 95-006, and 95-019. 

Finding Aid

Note: A detailed list of contents is located in Box 1.


A-1: Constitution and By-Laws: No Holdings

A-2: Minutes
a. National Commission on the Indian Canadian (NCIC): Box 1 Folders 1-2
b. Board of Directors, etc., Indian Eskimo Association (IEA): Box 1 Folders 3-10
c. Papers of the Executive Director, (NCIC-IEA- CASNP): Boxes 2 and 3
d. Committees (NCIC-IEA-CASNP): Box 4 Folder 1 to Box 6

B-1: Correspondence: Box 7 Folder 1 to Box 17 Folder 6

C-1: Annual Reports and Briefs (NCIC, IEA, CASNP): Box 17 Folder 7 to Box 18 Folder 5

C-2: Conferences, Workshops, etc.: Box 19 Folder 1 to Box 22 Folder 10

C-3: Materials on Native and Non-Native Organizations (Domestic and Foreign), arranged alphabetically: Box 23 Folder 1 to Box 24 Folder 3

C-4: IEA-CASNP Library: Box 25 Folder 1 to Box 29 Folder 4

C-5: Student Volunteer Services: Box 30 Folder 1 to Box 32 Folder 4

C-6: Applications for Employment: Box 32 Folder 4

C-7: Subject Files, arranged alphabetically: Box 32 Folder 5 to Box 33 Folder 3

D-1: Financial Statements: Box 33 Folder 4

D-2: NCIC-IEA-CASNP & Divisions: Box 33 Folder 5 to Box 33 Folder 8

E-1: Accounts, Journals & Ledgers: Box 34 to Box 36

E-2: Materials from Financial Campaigns: Box 37 Folders 1-3

E-3: Miscellaneous Financial Material: Box 37 Folders 4-5

F: Photographs, Negatives, Scrapbooks, Assorted Memorabilia: Boxes 37 and 38


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