Records and Reconciliation: Tipi Being Constructed

Photograph: Tipi Being Constructed, [1983]. (SPRA 0664.14.08.35)

In 2020, the South Peace Regional Archives launched a major project, titled “Renaming the Past, Reclaiming Their Stories: Indigenous Records,” with financial support from Library and Archives Canada. The purpose of the project was to increase awareness of and access to Indigenous related records within the Archives’ collections: by re-appraising, describing or re-describing, and digitizing more than 300 records in 70 fonds. This project is a vital step in the Archives’ ongoing work toward Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We are now able to share these records with the community.

This photograph is from the Bill Turnbull fonds (Fonds 664). It shows a tipi being constructed. There are additional poles laying on in ground. The photo was taken in July, during Universiade.

Universiade (a portmanteau of “University” and “Olympiad”) is an international multi-sport event held for university athletes and the second largest multi-sport event in the world. In 1983, when this photo was taken, the games were being held in Edmonton, Alberta. Over 2400 athletes from 73 countries participated. Associated celebrations often highlight the Indigenous cultures of the host country.

To view more digitized images of the Edmonton Universiade, visit Alberta on Record. Do you remember the games? Contact the Archives to share your memories!