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Canadian Indian Rights Collection

Canadian Aboriginal rights; Land claims; Social conditions; Economic conditions

The collection was started in 1969 by the Canadian Indian Claims Commission which became the Canadian Indian Rights Commission in 1977. The Commission was dissolved in January 1979 and on February 1, 1979 the resource collection was transferred to the National Library of Canada. Two small collections, the Whiteside Collection and the Canadian Indian Bibliography Collection, have since been housed with the collection.

The collection consists of three separate uncatalogued collections whose strengths are published and unpublished material from the 1960s and 1970s. More recently published documents related to Canadian Aboriginal rights are part of the National Library of Canada's general and official publications collections. The three collections are 1. Canadian Indian Rights Collection. This collection was transferred from the Canadian Indian Rights Commission. It contains historical, legal, and socio-economic documentation published before 1979 and relevant to Aboriginal land claims, as well as comparative materials for the United States, Australia and New Zealand. 2. Whiteside Collection. This collection contains approximately 3800 articles and reports published primarily in the 1960s and early 1970s covering all aspects of Native societies. These are listed in Don Whiteside's bibliography Aboriginal People: A Selected Bibliography Concerning Canada's First People. 3. Canadian Indian Bibliography Collection. This collection contains 183 unpublished articles and reports concerning Native social, cultural, and economic issues collected by Thomas Abler and Sally Weaver for their A Canadian Indian Bibliography 1960-1970. According to the authors' wishes, copies of these papers were deposited either with the National Library of Canada or the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec.

1. Canadian Indian Rights Collection: primarily English and some French. 2. Whiteside Collection: English. 3. Canadian Indian Bibliography Collection: English.

1. Canadian Indian Rights Collection: 5300 unpublished reports, briefs, speeches, etc.; 500 monographs; 500 government publications; 30 periodicals; 130 maps; 9 linear metres of vertical files. 2. Whiteside Collection: 3800 photocopies of published and unpublished articles and reports. 3. Canadian Indian Bibliography Collection: 183 articles and reports.

Bibliographic Access
1. Canadian Indian Rights Collection. I. A card catalogue offers author/title and limited subject access to documents prior to 1980. After this date, additions are recorded in AMICUS, the Library's bilingual information system and LC subject headings and classification are used. II. Broad subject access is offered by two selective bibliographies: (i) Indian Claims in Canada: An Introductory Essay and Selected List of Library Holdings/Revendications des Indiens au Canada: Un Exposé préliminaire et une sélection d'ouvrages disponibles en bibliothèque. - Ottawa: Research Resource Centre, Indian Claims Commission, 1975. (ii) Indian Claims in Canada: Supplementary Bibliography /Revendications des Indiens au Canada: Bibliographie supplémentaire. - Ottawa: Published for the Canadian Indian Rights Commission by the National Library of Canada, 1979. 2. Whiteside Collection: "Indians, Indians, Indians", a typescript bibliography (ca.1979) and subject access with the published, more selective bibliography, Aboriginal People: A Selected Bibliography Concerning Canada's first People. - Ottawa: National Indian Brotherhood,1973. 3. Canadian Indian Bibliography Collection: "Unpublished Materials Sent to National Library of Canada" (typescript), 1972 and subject access offered by A Canadian Indian Bibliography,1960-1970. - Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1974.

Physical Access
The collection is housed in closed stacks at the National Library of Canada, 395 Wellington Street. Documents are retrieved by staff, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Interlibrary Loan: Photocopy or loan services are available. Each case is dealt with individually.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
There is a brochure entitled Canadian Indian Rights Collection /Collection canadienne des droits des indiens (1984).