Newly Digitized Microfilms on the Héritage Portal

Our project partner,, recently added the following digitized microfilms to the Héritage website. Please note that the titles have been translated for convenience, the records are still in the language of origin. Searching in the original language will improve search results.

1946 Army Central Registry
Adolphe-Philippe Caron fonds
Arthur Meighen: Series 3, correspondence
Canadian Labour Congress: Financial records
Clifford Sifton fonds
Commission to Inquire into the Treadgold and other concessions in the Yukon Territory
Correspondence addressed to the Chief Postal Inspectors
Correspondence of the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Canadian Militia and his predecessor, the Adjutant
Department of Agriculture: Docket and letterbook registry system, general correspondence
Department of Agriculture, Dominion Chemist: Letterbooks, 1889–1933
Department of Agriculture: Duplex numeric subject file classification system, 1918–1953
Department of Agriculture: Entomology and Botany Division
Department of Agriculture: Records relating to international exhibitions
Department of External Affairs: Office of the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs
Department of Indian Affairs: General accounts, 1846–1979
Department of Indian Affairs: Port Arthur Agency
Department of Indian Affairs: Trust fund journals, 1875–1938
Department of Labour, Economics and Research Branch: Strikes and lockout files
Department of Militia and Defence: Registers and lists of officers
Department of National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage: Kardex system
Department of Public Works, Board of Works records: Correspondence in subject files
Department of Public Works, Board of Works records, official correspondence: Registered correspondence, 1842–1860
Department of Public Works, Board of Works records: Registers and indexes
Department of Public Works, Chief Architect’s Office: Letterbooks, 1873–1909
Department of Public Works, Docket registry system: Registers of correspondence received
Department of Public Works: General indexes of the subject classification registry system, 1879–1901
Department of Public Works: Letterbooks of the subject classification registry system, 1879–1912 Department of Public Works: Registers of papers filed, 1879–1907
Department of Public Works: Subject registers
Department of Railways and Canals, Railway Branch: Office of the Chief Engineer
Department of Transport: Civil aircraft registration, inspection and operation files, 1920–1986
Deputy Postmaster General: Correspondence addressed to the Marine Mail Officers
Deputy Postmaster General: International correspondence sent
Deputy Postmaster General: Letterbooks related to personnel
Directorate of Movements
Edgar Dewdney fonds
Fisheries Branch Registry files
France. Colonial fonds: Series C11A. General correspondence
Frederick B. Taylor fonds
Letterbooks created and/or maintained by the Office of the Chief Engineer
Letterbooks of the Office of the Deputy Minister of Justice
Meteorological Service, 1874–1933
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association fonds
Newton Wesley Rowell fonds
Office of the Indian Reserve Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia
Operational records of the Penitentiary Branch, 1834–1962
Parish registers: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec
Records and correspondence sent from the Postmaster General
Registers to letters received by the Postmaster General’s office
Registry files related to the Railway Branch
Royal Canadian Air Force second central registry and file classification system
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Office of the Commissioner: General orders
Royal Canadian Navy: Convoy Reports of Proceedings, 1939–1945
Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism
Royal Commission to Investigate the Facts Relating to and the Circumstances Surrounding the Communication, by public officials and other persons…etc.
Secretary of State: Chief Press Censor
Secretary of State: Returns to addresses and orders of Parliament
Soldiers Settlement Board: The Platt Books
Walter Livingstone-Learmonth diaries
War Cabinet Committee, 1938–1945
War diaries
William Lyon Mackenzie King: Primary series correspondence (J1)
World War I: Veterans claim cards

Newly Digitized Microfilms on the Héritage Portal – Recent Additions

Our project partner,, recently added the following digitized microfilms to the Héritage website. Please note that although the titles have been translated, the records are still in the language of origin.

  • Amherst Papers
  • Canada. Department of the Interior: Letters patent
  • Canadian Home Economics Association fonds
  • Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Parks Service: Park/subject classification system
  • Department of Indian Affairs, Edmonton Agency: General operational records
  • Department of Indian Affairs, Manitoba Regional Office: Central registry files
  • Dominion Lands Branch registry
  • France, Archives Nationales. Contrôle général des finances. Sous-série G7 [French National Archives fonds, finances records, sub-series G7]
  • Frank Wright fonds
  • Henry Elvins Spencer fonds
  • Henry Pringle fonds
  • Immigration Program: Headquarters central registry files
  • Indian and Inuit Affairs Program: Modified duplex numeric system
  • Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada: Courts martial records, 1914-1919
  • Parish registers: Manitoba
  • Registrar of Shipping New Carlisle [Quebec], 1856-1902, and Quebec City [Québec], 1787-1965
  • Radnik fonds
  • Roderick K. Finlayson fonds
  • Sir Henry James Warre fonds
  • William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth fonds
  • William Osgoode fonds

Newly digitized microfilms on the Héritage portal

Our project partner,, recently added the following digitized microfilms to the Héritage website. Please note that although the titles have been translated, the records are still in the language of origin.

  • 1891 census return for the City of Victoria
  • Abraham Heaps fonds
  • Alexander Henry the Younger fonds
  • Alexander Mackenzie fonds
  • Archibald Hayes Macdonell fonds
  • Archibald McMillan and family fonds
  • Banff National Park: Office of the Superintendent, 1893-1910
  • British Military and Naval Records. Admiralty Records
  • Cairine Reay Wilson fonds
  • Canada: Governor General’s Office, Internal Letterbooks, Upper Canada to and from Treasury
  • Canada East: Provincial Secretary numbered correspondence files, 1839-1867
  • Canada West: Provincial Secretary, numbered correspondence files, 1844 to 1867
  • Canadian Labour Congress fonds
  • Canadian Lutheran World Relief fonds
  • Canadian Related Documents from the Glynn R. de V. Barratt collection
  • Central Experimental Farm records
  • Charles E. Goad Company fonds
  • Charles Napier Bell fonds
  • Church Missionary Society fonds
  • Civil Secretary and Provincial Secretary, applications for licences, bonds and certificates. Quebec, Lower Canada and Canada East
  • Civil Secretary, appointments to offices. Upper Canada and Canada West
  • Civil Secretary’s letter books
  • Colonial Office: Colonies general original correspondence
  • Delancey-Robinson collection
  • Department of Agriculture fonds
  • Edgar Dewdney fonds
  • Edmund John Senkler fonds
  • Finnish Language Newspapers and Serial Publications
  • Fisheries Branch Registry files
  • Fonds des Archives départementales de la Charente-Maritime [La Rochelle, France] [Departmental archives of Charente-Maritime fonds [La Rochelle, France]]
  • Fonds de la famille Armand Lavergne [Armand Lavergne and family fonds]
  • Fonds de la famille Chartier de Lotbinière [Chartier de Lotbinière family fonds]
  • Fonds Marie de l’Incarnation [Marie de l'Incarnation Fonds]
  • Fonds Roger Comeau [Roger Comeau fonds]
  • France, colonial fonds, general correspondences
  • France, colonial administration, letters sent
  • France. Fonds des Archives nationales [France. National Archives fonds]
  • George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen fonds
  • Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey and family collection
  • Henry Wolsey Bayfield fonds
  • Home Bank of Canada fonds
  • Homestead grant registers
  • Index to Passenger Lists, 1900-1908
  • International Council of Women fonds
  • J. S. Woodsworth fonds
  • Jacques-Henri Fabien collection
  • James Bissett fonds
  • James Kempt fonds
  • John Bennet Marks fonds
  • John By and estate fonds
  • John Davis Barnett fonds
  • Jonathan Sewell and family fonds
  • Journal de Jean-Baptiste Minet, l’ingénieur et cartographe Minet, écrit en 1684 et 1685, racontant les explorations de René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle au Mississipi et dans le golfe du Mexique [Journal kept by Jean-Baptiste Minet, engineer and cartographer, written in 1684 and 1685, recalling his explorations]
  • Journals kept by Augustus R. Peers at Peel River, 1847-1853, with accounts for 1848 and 1851-1852
  • Kipling collection
  • Land documents concerning Quebec, Upper and Lower Canada, Canada East and Canada West and Canada
  • Land petitions and related records of the Executive Council
  • Lawrence Montague Lande collection
  • Likacheff-Ragosine-Mathers collection index
  • Louis-Philippe Brodeur fonds
  • Lovat Dickson fonds
  • Martha Field and Fanny Simpson and family fonds
  • Mather Byles Jr. and family fonds
  • McGinnis Family fonds
  • Militia and Defence
  • Minutes and records of the Land Boards accumulated by the Executive Council Office
  • Miscellaneous registers, Province of Canada and Canada, 1850-1953
  • Montreal Amateur Athletic Association fonds
  • Newton McFaul MacTavish fonds
  • Newton Wesley Rowell fonds
  • Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Sessional Papers
  • Orders in Council of the Executive Council of the Province of Canada
  • Parish registers: Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister, indexes to his correspondence
  • Collection de la famille Philippe Aubert de Gaspé [Philippe Aubert de Gaspé and family collection]
  • Princess Sophia Inquiry
  • Privy Council Office, Orders in Council: Minutes, annexes and reports
  • “Put by” Submissions to the Executive Council, of the Province of Canada, 1841-1873
  • Records of the Board of Railway Commissioners
  • Registrar of Shipping: St. John’s [Newfoundland], Arichat, Annapolis Royal, Barrington Passage, Digby, Halifax, Liverpool, Lunenburg, Parrsboro, Shelburne, Windsor, Yarmouth [Nova Scotia], Charlottetown [Prince Edward Island], Montréal [Québec], Port Burwell and Toronto [Ontario], Vancouver and Victoria [British Columbia]
  • Robert Prescott fonds
  • Robert Stanfield: card index to the Leader of the Opposition series and to unorganized portions of the collection
  • Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Canadian branch fonds
  • Royal Commission on Taxation fonds
  • Royal Newfoundland Regiment service files
  • Shawinigan Chemicals Limited fonds
  • Stanier family fonds
  • Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Northern District of North America fonds
  • Thomas Wardlaw Taylor fonds
  • Trades and Labor Congress of Canada
  • United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel fonds
  • Upper Canada and Canada West: Returns of Population and Assessment
  • W. J. (Bill) Miller collection
  • War Cabinet Committee, 1938-1945
  • War diaries
  • War of 1812 pension records
  • Wesley N. Fujiwara fonds
  • William Buck fonds
  • William Dow and family fonds
  • William Hillary Clarke, MP fonds
  • William Lyon Mackenzie King: Family papers

Fruits of the Library and Archives Canada and partnership starting to appear online

The partnership between Library and Archives Canada and over the next ten years involves the digitization, indexing and description of millions of personal, administrative and government documents. It will triple LAC’s digital content on the Web, and allow Canadians to access tens of millions of additional images regardless of where they live, at no charge.

We will be adding new content regularly to the Héritage website. The following is a list of the microfilms digitized since June 2013 and currently available online, representing a total of 2.1 million images:

  • Alexander Harris fonds
  • Alphonse Fournier fonds
  • Baring Brothers and Company fonds
  • Canadian Labour Congress fonds
  • Civil Secretary’s letter books of Upper Canada
  • Clifford Sifton fonds
  • Correspondence and drafts of enclosures to dispatches from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada
  • Correspondence of the deputy minister and the adjutant general
  • Daniel Claus and family fonds
  • David Brown Milne fonds
  • Despatches from the Colonial Office
  • Despatches received and sent by the offices of the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, the Governors of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Prince Edward Island
  • Drafts of correspondence sent from the Governor-in-Chief of Lower Canada, the Governor-in-Chief of the Province of Canada
  • Ermatinger family estate fonds
  • Francis Goring fonds
  • Francis Reginald Scott fonds
  • General index to the Public Archives of Canada
  • George Brown fonds
  • George Foster fonds
  • Glyn, Mills and Company fonds
  • Governor General’s Office, drafts of Despatches to the Secretary of State and numbered files
  • Gustave Lamothe fonds
  • Heir and Devisee Commission
  • James Hargrave and family fonds
  • James J. Morrison fonds
  • James Monk and family fonds
  • Jean-Mandé Sigogne fonds
  • John George Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham fonds
  • Joseph Howe fonds
  • Journal ou relation d’une conspiration faite par les Sauvages contre les Anglais [Journal or description of an Indian conspiracy against the English]
  • Lady Aberdeen’s Journals
  • Letter books of despatches from and to the Colonial Office
  • Lower Canada, declarations of aliens
  • Percy R. Bengough fonds
  • Port records
  • Pre-Confederation despatches from the British Minister at Washington
  • Records relating to Louis Riel and the North West Uprising
  • Red River journal of Alexander Begg, 1869-1870
  • Royal Commission on Canada’s Economic Prospects fonds
  • Selected documents relating to the Jesuit Estates
  • Selkirk collection
  • Sir Robert Borden fonds
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier fonds
  • State submissions to the Executive Council of Upper Canada
  • Subject files of the Offices of the Governor-in-Chief at Quebec, the Governor-in-Chief of the Province of Canada
  • The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884: the celebrations at Adolphustown
  • Trades and Labor Congress of Canada
  • Traill family collection
  • Upper Canada Land Books
  • Upper Canada Sundries
  • Vatican Fonds
  • Ward Chipman (senior and junior) fonds
  • William Cowan fonds
  • William Henry Pope Fonds
  • William Lyon Mackenzie King fonds
  • William Stewart and family fonds
  • Library and Archives Canada to Digitize 640,000 First World War Service Files

    As part of the commemoration of the centennial of the First World War, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced in its News section that it is undertaking the digitization of 640,000 personnel service files of the First World War’s Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) members with a view to ensuring the long-term preservation of these frail paper documents.

    Transferred to LAC about 20 years ago, CEF service files represent LAC’s most heavily consulted collection. A victim of its own success, the high number of transactions to which the collection has been subjected is putting strains on the mostly paper-based documents and is hastening their deterioration.

    Many readers who have had the opportunity to hold these precious historical documents in their hands in recent years will certainly remember how some of the sheets are beginning to crumble. If LAC does not undertake action to preserve these files now, they are at risk. Once lost, they are lost forever.

    To be able to perform this important undertaking, LAC will temporarily close portions of the service files. The first quarter, beginning with the letter A through D, will be closed as of March 2014 and will be available on-line as of Summer 2014.

    While 75% of the collections will always be open, LAC will not be able to accept requests to consult documents in person, nor take orders for copies for a period of up to 4 months on the portion of the collection being digitized.

    The files to be digitized will complement the approximately 13,500 service files and the more than 620,000 attestation papers already available on LAC’s website. At the end of the project, expected in 2015, Canadians will be able to research high-quality digital copies of the 640,000 newly digitized service files from the comfort of their own home and will no longer have to pay reprography fees.

    LAC is pleased to contribute to the Commemorative Initiatives of the Government of Canada to honour the contributions and sacrifices made by Canadian men and women during the First World War. We wish to recognize Public Works and Government Services Canada’s support in this endeavour.

    LAC appreciates your understanding and patience during the course of this extensive project.

    For more information on this initiative, please consult the Fact Sheet: Digitization of Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files.

    Sheet music from Canada’s past

    Did you know that Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has one of the most comprehensive sheet music collection in the country? Thanks to Helmut Kallmann, the founding Chief of the Music Division at the National Library of Canada (now part of LAC), who collected any early Canadian sheet music he could find.

    Recently, over a thousand pieces of sheet music from this collection were digitized and are now available online. These titles were published before 1918 and include a wide variety of patriotic and parlour songs, piano pieces, sacred music, etc.

    Colour image depicting people dancing in a barn.

    Sheet music cover image of a musical piece entitled, “The Village Barn Dance” by Mollie King. Source

    Visit LAC’s Sheet Music from Canada’s Past website to learn more or to search for music sheets. Here’s how:

    1. Click on Search Sheet Music located in the left menu.
    2. In the first box, click the down arrow and choose the time period you would like to search, e.g. “1900-1913.”
    3. In the second box, click the down arrow and choose the type of search, e.g. Title keyword (song title).
    4. In the third box, you can enter a search term, e.g. “barn”.
    5. Click the “Submit” button at the bottom.

    The browsing options in the fourth box allows you to limit your search to digitized music for which there is either printed music or audio files available. Please note that default searching has been set at “All Time Periods”, “Any Keyword” but you can modify these settings by following the above steps.

    Once you have found a piece of sheet music, you will see some or all of the following information:

    1. A description of the music.
    2. A small colour image of the front cover.
    3. A large colour image of the cover.
    4. A “View sheet music” icon.
    5. An “Audio” icon

    As the sheet music is available as PDFs, you can print the music on letter size paper.

    Kingston Penitentiary: Home to Canada’s most notorious criminals

    Canada’s oldest penitentiary opened on June 1, 1835, under the name “Provincial Penitentiary for Upper Canada.” Located in Portsmouth, now part of Kingston, this institution was designated for the incarceration of prisoners from both Upper Canada and Lower Canada. Kingston Pen, as it is commonly known, closed its doors on September 30, 2013.

    Who were the inmates over the course of the penitentiary’s 178 years of existence? To discover their stories, consult the Kingston Penitentiary inmate history description ledgers, which have been digitized and can be viewed on the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website.

    The ledgers provide photographs (mug shots) of inmates and information such as name; alias; age; place of birth; physical description; occupation; crime committed; and date, place and length of sentence.

    Sample page, Kingston Penitentiary inmate history description ledgers.

    Sample page, Kingston Penitentiary inmate history description ledgers. Source

    To find the pictures of some of the inmates who were incarcerated at the Kingston Penitentiary, search for a person’s name in the Archives Search menu.

    1. On the left of the screen, under Archives Search, click on the Advanced option. The advanced search screen will appear.
    2. Type the word Kingston in the first search box, leaving the default “Any Keyword” in the drop-down menu. In the second search box, type the surname of the inmate, leaving the default “Any Keyword” in the drop-down menu.
    3. From the Type of material drop-down menu, select Photographic material.
    4. From the Online drop-down menu, click on Yes, then click on Submit. Your search will generate a list of results.
    5. Select an underlined title to access the full description of the photograph. The descriptive records display images of photographs that have been digitized.

    Where else to look

    Consult our Criminal Records page to discover pertinent LAC records and collections. Census returns, the official record of the population of Canada, also list the inmates who were incarcerated at the time of the census enumeration. In addition, nominal indexes can be searched for a reference to an inmate’s name. Remember that spelling variations are common.

    Search for books on the Kingston Penitentiary and other Canadian penitentiaries in AMICUS using the author’s name, the book title, or subject keywords such as Kingston (or name of the city), penitentiary, prisons and criminals.

    The digitization of the Lord Grey banner

    We have explained the origins of a large banner donated to Canada by Lord Grey in a previous blog.This current blog post reveals the work involved in digitizing this unique piece of Canadian history.

    Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) digitization staff are accustomed to handling a range of objects, such as documents, photographs, negatives, microfilm, paintings, maps and books. Occasionally, non-conventional objects present unusual challenges, such as the digitization of the Lord Grey banner, a tall embroidered banner in fragile condition.

    Due to limitations in the existing digitization equipment and the size and condition of the banner, the technicians needed to come up with some creative solutions. To minimize the amount of movement, the banner was delivered from storage to the photo conservation lab in LAC’s Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec. As it could not be hung vertically, it was placed on the floor in an evenly lit open space.

    The camera is positioned above the banner, which is laid on the floor.

    The camera is positioned above the banner, which is laid on the floor.

    Images of the banner were taken using a Phase One 645 DF+ medium format digital camera mounted on the largest camera stand available. With the camera suspended seven feet away, the banner was captured in eight separate sections and the images reassembled using Photoshop for a complete view. Switching to a 150 mm macro lens, the camera was then lowered to get a selection of detail shots showing the many parts of the banner, such as the signature on the back, the shield with St. George and the dragon, and the types of stitching used. When the front was fully documented, the banner was turned over so that the back could also be captured.

    Part of the fabric depicting St. George, patron saint of England and the dragon.

    Part of the fabric depicting St. George, patron saint of England and the dragon.

    The digitization work was undertaken to create a visual representation of the banner, providing the details of its design and the beautiful workmanship. LAC has now created a permanent digital record, making the banner accessible online, reducing the need to handle the physical item and thereby ensuring its long-term preservation.

    Visit our Facebook album to see what went on behind-the-scenes to digitize this banner.

    Unravelling the mystery of the Lord Grey banner

    A large banner depicting two female figures in a rural setting is among the most interesting and unique items in the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collection. Measuring 2.4 x 1.8 metres, this needlework is made from linen, cotton and wool, in addition to being beautifully embroidered with silk and other threads. On the back of the banner, more embroidery indicates that is was “worked by Agnes Sephton 1907.” According to former archivists, Governor General Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey, gave the banner to the Dominion Archives sometime between 1907 and 1911. The banner hung in the office of the Assistant Dominion Archivist until 1953 when it was put into storage. In 1967, it was moved to the National Archives at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa, and has been housed at LAC’s Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec since 2000.

    The banner donated by Lord Grey.

    The banner donated by Lord Grey. Source

    During preparations for the latter move, staff learned more about the circumstances surrounding the banner’s creation. It is thought to be one of a series commissioned by Lord Grey in hopes of making a lasting impression upon the minds and hearts of young Canadians. He planned for banners to be hung in schools across the country to reinforce the ties between Great Britain and Canada. According to legend, St. George, the patron saint of England, demonstrated immense courage in slaying a dragon. Lord Grey wanted young men and women to emulate these heroic qualities. St. George can be found on the shield held by Britannia, the female figure dressed in red. She extends a protective arm around young Canada, who is wearing a white dress adorned with doves and pine trees.

    Recently, while preparing the banner to be photographed, LAC staff tracked down the identity of the woman who created it. When Canadian sources failed to reveal a possible candidate, archivists found one in British census and marriage records. Agnes Bingley was born in 1868 in London, England, the daughter of James Bingley, a landscape artist. In 1901 she married George Sephton, who was a painter. The couple lived in London and were associated with a group of artists and designers linked to the Arts and Crafts Movement. It is hoped that further research will reveal more clues about Agnes Sephton’s banner and how it came to LAC .

    Reconnecting families through digitization

    As part of Project Naming, a community engagement and photo identification project that aims to reconnect Inuit and their past, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has undertaken the digitization of a series of photographs from the Indian and Northern Affairs Collection. These albums have been the starting point of a great story regarding a family from Nunavut.

    In this collection, are a number of images of the Weetaltuk family taken during the summer of 1949 on the Cape Hope Islands in Nunavut. The original captions accompanying the photographs provided basic details. Fortunately, the database records for these images are now more complete after several family members contacted LAC to provide the names of relatives and other relevant information about these pictures. Most importantly, they were able to correct the Weetaltuk surname, as well as community names that had been incorrectly recorded. From the original captions, we knew that George Weetaltuk was a community leader, a skilled hunter and an expert boat builder. His family members explained the detailed process that George followed in creating his boats, as seen in this photograph of him with his son, William, and his adopted son, Simon Aodla, constructing an 11.58 metre (38-foot) boat.

    Another record that the Weetaltuk family was able to correct was this group photograph taken in front of a log cabin. The caption states that this picture was taken on Cape Hope Islands. We now know that the picture was probably taken on nearby Charlton Island, James Bay, where for many years, George and his family resided while he was employed seasonally by the Hudson’s Bay Company. In addition to this information, the family was also able to identify five of the people in the photograph, and provide genealogical connections.

    Weetaltuk family photograph. Back row: Adla (far left), married to William, George’s oldest son (2nd from left),  George Weetaltuk (centre) and his first wife, Ugugak (4th from left). Front row: George’s sons Alaku (far left) and Tommy (sitting on the ground). (PA-099605)

    Weetaltuk family photograph. Back row: Adla (far left), married to William, George’s oldest son (2nd from left), George Weetaltuk (centre) and his first wife, Ugugak (4th from left). Front row: George’s sons Alaku (far left) and Tommy (sitting on the ground). (PA-099605) Source

    In addition, another of George’s sons, Edward, was a member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. He was the first Canadian Inuk to serve in military combat with the Canadian Army during the Korean War. Following his 15 years of service, he began writing his life story. According to a news article, Edward (Eddy) Weetaltuk “wanted to show young Inuit that education was important and that Inuit can become anything they want and even become famous, if that’s what they want.” (Nunatsiaq Online, July 16, 2009)

    Although Eddy started writing E9-422: Un Inuit, de la toundra à la guerre de Corée in 1974 (in French only), it was not published until 2009 only a few days before his death.

    Through these family connections and dialogue with the community, our photographic collections are constantly improved and enriched for future generations.

    For more information about Project Naming, read our Blog article, published on May 9, 2013, and listen to our Project Naming and Canada’s North podcast.