GPRC Gathering Story collection. — 2002-2005. — 1.5 cm of textual records. — 3 sound recordings. — 2 video recordings.
Gathering Story: History by the People was a project of the instructors in the Arts, Education and Commerce Department of the Grande Prairie Regional College. It began in 2002 with the vision of honouring and preserving the unwritten stories of Indigenous people of the Peace River Region. Importance was placed on respecting the integrity of the peoples and their cultures, so the event was held at a traditional Beaver site, now Dunvegan Historical campsite, on the Peace River. The organizers of the Story Gathering Weekend included Indigenous elders and sought to celebrate Indigenous heritage through telling, recording and preserving their stories. Importance was placed on respecting the integrity of the peoples and their cultures. Initially the focus was on the traditional Beaver Band #152 which was seen as “the Band that was left out” as they were never given a land base, but participation broadened as other groups became interested. The event was held in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The stories in this fonds were recorded at the May, 2004 gathering.
The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Duff Crerar, one of the organizers of the gatherings and a professor at Grange Prairie Regional College, for the G.P.R.C Department. of Art, Commerce, and Education.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of planning material, correspondence, permission forms, handouts from the events, 1 news paper article, 3 audio cassettes and 2 – 8 mm video tape cassettes from the 2004 gathering. Participants whose stories were recorded were Shirley Plante, Valleyview; Kathleen Evans, Fairview; Henry McAllister, Hines Creek; Michael David, Valleyview; Donna Cummings, Fairview; and Frederick (Dave) Cummings, Fairview. Also included are the planning notes, correspondence, contacts lists for 2004 and 2005.
Title based on the nature of the collection.
This fonds has been identified as having Indigenous related content. Researchers may encounter language that is outdated and offensive. To learn more about Indigenous records at the South Peace Regional Archives please see our guide.