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Accession Number: 90-011

Title

Lubicon Lake Cree Indian Band fonds. -- 1981-1990. -- 1 m of textual records.

Biography / History

Lubicon Lake Cree Indian Band resides near Lubicon Lake in Northern Alberta, away from the Athabasca and Peace River systems and populated posts. They lived quietly as a hunting and trapping society until the 1970's when the push for fossil fuels came into force in Alberta. A treaty, called Treaty 8, was sent out in 1899/1900 to adhere the natives in the entire area but it missed the Lubicon Lake Band because they were so isolated. The Band contends that they do not have to adhere to this Treaty since they had never done so before. They are fighting with the federal government for recognition and a separate treaty. Unfortunately the push for fossil fuels by the Alberta government and others has invaded the traditional hunting and trapping grounds of the Lubicon Lake Band and as a result they are struggling to retain their way of life. (Taken from: Myers, Kenneth Murray. "The Struggle for a Way of Life: The History of the the Lubicon Lake Cree Land Claim (1899-1989)." 1990) As of September 1996 the land claim dispute has not been settled.

Custodial History

This fonds was donated to the Trent University Archives by Quentin Brown who is on the Lubicon Lake Cree Indian Band's mailing list.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of newspaper articles and correspondence relating to the long-standing land claims dispute of the Lubicon Lake Cree Indian Band of northern Alberta. It includes the controversial Fulton Report from 1986 and copies of federal and provincial negotiations, extensive coverage of the Band's boycott of the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games, and media coverage of associated medical and social problems such as cancer, tuberculosis, as well as the decline in the quality of life of the Lubicon people.

Notes

Title based on subject of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Quentin Brown.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Additions will be added to a second box as they are received.

Finding Aid

Note to Researchers: Some of the major issues of the Lubicon land claims dispute are categorized in Folders #1 - #9. It is necessary, however, to consult Folders #10 - #17 for additional related correspondence and newspaper articles (these latter folders are arranged chronologically and are of a more general nature but are relative to issues covered in the first 9 folders - these latter folders contain, as well, information pertaining to the Lubicon situation in such areas as related health problems, ie. cancer, and tuberculosis, and a steady decline in the quality of life of the Lubicon people; a Lubicon benefit concert; world-wide letters of support and support demonstrations; talks between leaders of the Lubicon band and Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein; reactions to the Fulton Report; federal negotiations, etc.).

Box 1

Folder:

1: General Historical Information - correspondence and newspaper articles (May 18, 1983 - Sept. 5, 1986)

2: NDP Support Materials - correspondence and newspaper articles (July 20, 1981 - July 4, 1986)

3: Court Documents (plus related correspondence and newspaper articles) (Nov. 24, 1983 - Jan. 15, 1987)

4: The Ivany Investigation (Ombudsman - Alberta) - correspondence and newspaper articles (April 3, 1984 - April 19, 1986)

5: Fulton Report (Feb. 1986) (Note: E. Davie Fulton, former Justice Minister of Canada and a former judge, was federally-appointed to inquire into the situation with respects to the claims of the Lubicon people and to make recommendations to the federal minister)

6: Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Commission - correspondence and newspaper articles (Jan. 28, 1985 - Aug. 27, 1987)

7: Boycott of the 1988 Calgary Olympics and Torch Relay Protests - correspondence and newspaper articles (April 11, 1986 - July 14, 1987)

8: Boycott of the 1988 Calgary Olympics and Torch Relay Protests - correspondence and newspaper articles (July 15, 1987 - July 29, 1988)

9: Boycott of the 1988 Calgary Olympics Glenbow Exhibit - correspondence and newspaper articles (April 26, 1986 - April 30, 1988)

10: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (April 2, 1986 - April 2, 1987)

11: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (April 4, 1987 - Aug. 27, 1987)

12: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Aug. 28, 1987 - Nov. 16, 1987)

13: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Nov. 18, 1987 - Jan. 29, 1988)

14: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Feb. 1, 1988 - June 20, 1988)

15: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (June 23, 1988 - Oct. 31, 1988)

16: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Nov. 3, 1988 - Dec. 15, 1988)

17: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Dec. 31, 1988 - April 16, 1989)

18: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (April 19, 1989 - Oct. 31, 1989)

19: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Nov. 2, 1989 - Feb. 12, 1990)

20: Correspondence and Newspaper Articles (Feb. 14, 1990 - Nov. 21, 1990)

Box 2

Additional materials will be added as they are received.  

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