Fonds - Indian Association of Alberta - Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research Program

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Indian Association of Alberta - Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research Program

General material designation

  • Textual record

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Physical description area

Physical description

Textual Records
Sound Recordings
Visual Recordings

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Administrative history

The Indian Association of Alberta – Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research Program (IAA-TARR) was established on March 1, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, as a result of increasing First Nations political activity across Canada. It was overseen by the Indian Association of Alberta and functioned as a professional non-political research and resource center for First Nation communities in Alberta who are members of Treaty 6, 7 and 8. Initial projects were funded through special grants. By 1973, the Department of Indian Affairs Northern Development (DIAND) agreed to provide full funding for its activities.

The IAA-TARR Program operated out of an Edmonton office and an Ottawa office. The Edmonton branch was responsible for fieldwork and development of specific and comprehensive claims, liaising directly with First Nation communities that were utilizing its research services. The Ottawa office was responsible for archival research in the National archives to locate records that documented the historical grievances of member First Nation communities.

The initial purpose of the IAA-TARR Program was to establish a common understanding and mutual agreement on the issue of First Nation Treaties, Treaty rights, and Treaty implementation with the federal government. IAA-TARR Program’s early work focused on establishing a claims settlement mechanism to resolve the historical claims and grievances against the federal Crown. As the program grew and developed, its primary purpose evolved to center around the research, development and resolution of land claims, and other treaty grievances on behalf its member Nations. The IAA-TARR Program also recorded, translated and transcribed many Elder interviews as part of Elder testimony on the interpretation of Treaties 6, 7 and 8. In addition, the TARR Program was also directed by the IAA to research and produce position papers on a variety of issues facing First Nations on a national level.

Custodial history

Upon the dissolution of the IAA and its TARR program, the Alberta Chiefs Summit placed all of the IAA TARR records into the joint custody of the the Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) and Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council (LSLIRC) TARR programs. The two programs cooperated on a preliminary sorting and appraisal of the collection, in the course of which records pertaining to the LSLIRC-TARR client Nations were identified and transferred to the LSLIRC-TARR Program Archives. The Alberta Chiefs Summit subsequently directed the balance of the records to be placed in the care of the First Nations Resource Council in Edmonton.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of textual records containing Elder Interviews, meeting minutes, annual and quarterly reports, financial reports, project files, policy documents, agreements, press releases, community correspondences, memorandums, and position papers pertaining to the research activities of the IAA-TARR Program.

The fonds is arranged into nine series:

Series 1    Board of Directors
Series 2 Annual and Quarterly Reports
Series 3 Budgets, Funding Reports and Workplans
Series 4 Administration
Series 5 Special Committees
Series 6 Comprehensive and Specific Claims
Series 7 Indian Self-Government
Series 8 Economic Development
Series 9 All Chiefs Assembly
Series 10 Elder Interviews

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


The materials were arranged by the archivist.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Series 1, 3, 6 and 10 may contain personal and private information regarding specific communities and individuals. Therefore, access to this material may require a Council Resolution from the appropriate First Nation clearly granting the required permission to view the records. To check access status and to learn how to obtain a Council Resolution, please consult with the archivist.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Series description and box lists are available.

Associated materials

Related materials


Further accruals are expected.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related places

Related genres