In 1976, an informal committee was organized by concerned citizens to act upon issues affecting disabled persons. The participation of NWT disabled athletes in southern competitions, a manual entitled "Resources for the Handicapped in Yellowknife" and a study of recreation services for the disabled in Yellowknife were some of the first projects undertaken by the committee. In 1978, a registered society was created, initially operating under the name the N.W.T. Council for the Disabled; the name was later changed in 1980 to the N.W.T. Council for Disabled Persons. The goals and objectives of the Council are: 1) to encourage disabled individuals to identify and express their needs for a personally satisfying lifestyle; 2) to identify and help maximize the resources available to disabled citizens to pursue their chosen lifestyle; and 3) to promote and lobby for rights and interests of persons with disabilities. The focus of the Council has shifted from sports and recreation for the disabled, to all issues affecting the needs and rights of disabled people in the Northwest Territories.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of 84 cm of textual records, approximately 1600 photographs, 55 audiocassettes, 1 poster and 1 videocassette. The material is dated from 1977-1995 and relates to the administration and functions of the Northwest Territories Council for Disabled Persons. The textual records, 1977 to 1991, include: monthly reports of the Executive Director, President, and various committees within the Council; minutes; records of clients throughout the Northwest Territories; the Ability column; and files from special projects and functions such as the Celebrity Auction, Bike-A-Thon, Handi-van, workshops and conferences. Some files relate to the Inuvik Council for the Disabled, and the communities of Pine Point and Hay River. The photographs date between 1986-1995 and contain images of: Kids on the Block (KOB) puppet performance tours by Barb Barnet and Barb Bond to Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay, and Coppermine; Celebrity Auction; National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) events; Bike-a-thons; posters; the Council's museum display for the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP); Run For Light (1986); conferences; and Rick Hansen's visit to Yellowknife. The sound cassettes, 1986-1991, feature recordings from conferences, an aldermanic candidates forum, and speakers on topics such as respite care, services in the north, advocacy and independent living centres, and accessibility. A few of the recordings are in Inuktitut. The accession also contains one 8 mm video tape of approximately 11 minutes of Kids on the Block puppet performances, and one poster published by the Northwest Territories Council for the Disabled for the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981).
Access and duplication restrictions apply to a number of files containing personal information. Written permission of the Executive Director of the N.W.T. Council for Disabled Persons is required for access to, or duplication of, this material.
Copyright to be determined.
Physical description note
This fonds includes: 84 cm of textual records; ca. 1600 photographs : col. prints, slides and negatives; 55 audio cassettes; 1 videocassette : 8 mm; and 1 poster.
A finding aid with lists of textual material and sound recordings is available.
The fonds is comprised of the following accessions. Click any accession number below to see the accession description.