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Library and Archives Canada wants help identifying Aboriginal photos

Project Naming poster.

Project Naming poster.

Library and Archives Canada is calling on First Nations, Metis, and the Inuit communities for help.

Project Naming has now been expanded to include all Aboriginal groups in Canada, based on the success of the project with Inuit communities in Nunavut.

The project is asking for people to help identify thousands of photographs from Library and Archives Canada’s collection.

The majority of individuals depicted in the images were never identified and many archival descriptions relating to events or activities are absent or have dated information, such as place and band names.

Over the last 13 years over 8,000 images have been digitized and nearly 2,000 Inuit individuals, activities, and places, identified.

Deborah Webster, an Inuit woman from Baker Lake in Nunavut, says taking part in the project and identifying people and relatives from her community was a part of reclaiming their heritage as many of those photos were only described as “Group of Eskimos” or “Native woman.”

More information on Project Naming can be found here.

 

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