Fonds 82-014 - Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples fonds. 1982 additions

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Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples fonds. 1982 additions

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    • 1959-1978 (Creation)
      Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples

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    8.8 m of textual records
    133 photographs (mostly negatives)
    32 drawings (some are photocopies of originals)
    5 audio cassettes.
    5 audio reels.
    6 video reels.

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    Administrative history

    The Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples is an association of natives and non-natives in support of natives. It was originally established in 1957 under the name of the National Commission on the Indian Canadian and was a non-native organization created to study the "Indian problem". The first chairman of the Commission was Mrs. W.H. Clark. By February 1958 it had become apparent that the problems of the native peoples were much more complex than first anticipated, and it was decided to involve aboriginal peoples in the Commission to help find viable solutions. In 1960, the Indian-Eskimo Association was incorporated, with Mrs. Clark as the first president. The I.E.A. had several functions which included encouraging native leaders to form organizations, fund-raising, organizing workshops to discuss native housing, community and economic development, and providing advice and support in legal matters. Also, provincial and regional divisions were created to help deal with specific native issues, not just native problems on a general level. By 1968, several national and provincial native organizations had been organized. In September of the same year, leaders of the native organizations met with representatives of the I.E.A. to discuss the future role of the Association. It was agreed that the native organizations still needed the I.E.A.'s support, but that they should begin to deal directly with governments, without the I.E.A. acting as the middleman. It was clear that the future of the I.E.A. was to provide only support and advice to the developing native organizations. In 1972, many of the recommendations made in 1968 had come into effect. The name was changed to the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples to reflect the new functions of the Association more accurately. At this time, regional offices of the Association were closed, and the head office moved from Toronto to Ottawa. The Association dissolved in 2015.

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    The fonds was created by and in the custody of the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

    Scope and content

    This addition to the fonds consists of Board minutes, briefs, correspondence, subject files, press clippings, periodicals and various other assorted records pertaining to the Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples. The bulk of the fonds consists of correspondence, reports, minutes and photographs created by CASNP and its members and associated agencies. Please refer to the finding aid for a detailed listing of records located within this fonds.

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    The fonds was donated by The Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples.


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        Some of the records are in French.

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        The contents of Box 2 Folder 13, and Boxes 7, 8, 9 and 38 are restricted until 2066.

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        The Trent University Archives also holds the records of CASNP's predecessor, the Indian-Eskimo Association. For related records see: 78-003, 81-018, 91-010, 95-005, 95-006, and 95-019.


        This fonds, along with 77-018 and 94-009, is an addition to 75-015.

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