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Indian Association of Alberta - Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research Program Fonds
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- Indian Association of Alberta - Treaty Aboriginal Rights Research Program
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5.87 m of textual records.
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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.
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.
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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
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The materials were arranged by the archivist.
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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.
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Further accruals are expected.