Scope of the Exhibition
This exhibition does not attempt to be a rounded
history of western Canada nor a chronicle of pioneer
life. Instead, the exhibition concentrates on
those aspects of the settlement process that are
documented in the collections of the National
Archives of Canada. The intent is to give a general
impression of the nature, variety, and vastness
of the records that relate to western Canada,
and in doing so, show how these records might
be used by researchers.
The exhibition also serves as a gateway to the
large-scale digitization of selected holdings
on the West that the National Archives has recently
undertaken, and will undertake in the future.
The National Archives of Canada is committed to
providing public access to its collections through
the World Wide Web. This exhibition, and the digitized
archival fonds and series that are part of it,
are an example of this commitment.
A Word about Language
Since the federal government played a key role
in western settlement -- that is, until the transfer
of natural resources to the western provinces
in the 1930s -- a large component of this exhibition
includes (but is not limited to) documents created
by the federal agencies responsible for administering
the settlement process and for setting its direction
(the Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs,
and the Department of Immigration, for example).
The majority of these documents are written in
English, which was the working language of federal
offices in the years before official bilingualism.
||Jeffrey S. Murray
Irene Van Bavel
Keith Bell, University of Saskatchewan
Frank J. Tough, University
||Sharon Cook, University of
Michel Filion, University of Ottawa
||Web Site Design
Marc C. Houle
||Circulation of Documents:
The Canadian West Project
Team would like to thank the representatives
of the Phillips family for granting
permission to include some of the works of
Walter J. Phillips in this exhibit.
We also gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose Canadian Cultural Online Program (CCOP) made this work possible.