Committee for Original Peoples' Entitlement. Oral History Project fonds
Dates of creation
[196- to 198-]
661 sound CDs and other materials
Administrative history or biographical sketch
In the 1960s and 1970s, a group of concerned individuals began a project to record the legends and life experiences of the Inuvialuit, Gwich'in (Loucheux) and North Slavey (Hareskin) people. Two of the leaders of this project were Nellie Cournoyea and Oblate priest Father Lemeur. To help finance the project, a deal was arranged with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Inuvik, where Nellie Cournoyea was working. The plan provided a small remuneration for the person interviewed to be paid out when the recording was broadcast. The recordings were intended to be used in various communities as research material for school curriculum, to preserve the legends and life stories of the elders and to help promote native language literacy.
Scope and content
This fonds consists of 296 reel to reels (original masters) and 678 audio cassettes (original masters) copied to 661 sound CDs (RedBook Audio format - Archival Masters), which contain approximately 1013 oral history recordings and 1.2 meters of transcriptions from the Committee for Original People's Entitlement (COPE). The sound CDs constitute the archival masters. These recordings are in Inuvialuktun, Gwich'in and North Slavey and contain life stories of elders as well as traditional legends. Many of the recordings are part of CBC broadcast programming.
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Copyright held by COPE. See accession file for further details.
Physical description note
Materials include 661 sound CD's (Redbook Audio) as archival masters copied from 296 reel to reels (original masters) and 678 audio cassettes (original masters) and 1.2 meters of textual records.
The fonds is comprised of the following accessions. Click any accession number below to see the accession description.