ca. 15,538 photographs : various formats and other material
Administrative history or biographical sketch
Rene Fumoleau, O.M.I., was born in France on August 6, 1926. He was ordained a priest in 1952 and came to the Northwest Territories in 1953. He worked with the Dene in Fort Good Hope from 1953 to 1959, in Deline from 1960 to 1968 and then returned to Fort Good Hope between 1968-1969. In 1971, he began historical research on Treaties 8 and 11 which resulted in the publication of "As Long As This Land Shall Last: A History of Treaty 8 and Treaty 11, 1870-1939". From 1970 until 1994 he lived in Yellowknife and then moved to the community of Lutselk'e. During his time in the north he was an avid photographer and many of his photographs have been displayed, sold and published. In addition, he produced and directed several films including "I Was Born Here" and "Dene Nation". He was active in the area of storytelling, speaking at numerous national conferences. Rene Fumoleau died August 6, 2019.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of approximately 15,538 photographs in various formats such as slides, prints and negatives, approximately 37 cm of text, 2 DAT audio cassettes, 25 audio reels, 6 films, 3 BetaCam videocassettes, 43 posters, 12 drawings and 2 maps. The photographic material dates between the late 1950s to 1995 and contains images of various communities and daily life of the Dene people of the North and South Slave regions. Eighteen photographs of Fort Good Hope collected by the donor likely date from the 1920s. By media type, there are roughly 10,700 colour slides, 1800 b/w negatives and 3000 colour negatives. The fonds also includes one colour print of Rene sitting on his snowmobile, which was later donated to the Collections section of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. The textual material consists of the unedited, penultimate draft of the manuscript for "As Long As This Land Shall Last: A History of Treaty 8 and Treaty 11, 1870-1939," which contains more detail than the published text. Also included are two transcripts of interviews conducted between Rene Fumoleau and Paul Vaudrack, a Gwich'in man. The first, a 25 page (3 mm) transcript of an interview conducted in French in 1955, concerns the Gwich'in equivalent of the Yamoria legend. The second, from October 1968 and typewritten in English, depicts Gwich'in life in the early-twentieth century. This manuscript discusses the influence of the English language, residential schools, and the outbreaks of influenza at that time. The bulk of the textual material are copies of court proceedings from the Benoit et.al. v. R. case of the late 1990s relating to Treaty 8 and a copy of the thesis dissertation by Marine Le Puloch entitled 'Le Traite no. 8 au Canada, beneficiaires et exclus' (1999), also relating to Treaty 8. There are 25 audio reels and 2 DAT audiocassettes that contain audio from "My Country, My People," "I Was Born Here" and "Dene Nation." In addition, the sound recordings contain music from "Our Land, Our Life," drum music from Fort Good Hope recorded in the 1957, Dene songs, Hareskin language and messages from the people of Fort Good Hope to friends and relatives in the hospital in Aklavik. There are 3 copies of the film entitled "Dene Nation" and 3 copies of the film "I Was Born Here", one of which is in French, entitled "Mon pays est ma vie". There are also 3 corresponding archival master BetaCam videocassettes for the films. The remaining material consists of 43 posters and 2 maps that date between 1977-1985. The posters relate to Native Rights, land claims, and Native Organizations such as the Dene Nation. There are also two maps entitled Canada's First People's and Centennial Map of the Northwest Territories. The fonds includes transcripts from eight interviews condcuted by Jane Kenny in 1984 with elders from Deline and documents related to the first two meetings of the Thebacha Association in 1967.
No restrictions to access. Rene Fumoleau's permission is required for publication or display of the images.
Copyright varies by accession. See accession descriptions for details.
Physical description note
This fonds includes: approximately 15,538 photographs: col. Slides, col. And b&w negatives and prints; 2 DAT audio cassettes; 25 audio reels; ca. 37 cm of text; 6 films; 3 BetaCam videocassettes; 43 posters and 2 maps.
Finding aid available for N-1995-002, N-1998-051, N-2004-015, N-2004-031
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