Project Naming

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This popular photo identification project originally focused on Inuit communities in Nunavut. On May 28, 2015, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launched a new chapter that includes Inuit communities in the Northwest Territories, northern Quebec (Nunavik) and Labrador, as well as the two other Aboriginal groups in Canada—First Nations and Métis.

This new phase of Project Naming enables First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to engage in the identification of photographs from library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) rich collections.

As with the original Project Naming, LAC hopes that members of the public will share their knowledge. If you know the names of people depicted in our photographs or have information about an activity, event or place, LAC would love to hear from you.

The majority of individuals depicted in the images in LAC’s collections were never identified. Many archival descriptions relating to events or activities are absent or have dated information (e.g. place names, band names or terminology). Or information is based on original inscriptions and captions found on the records, and hence reflects the biases and attitudes of non-Aboriginal society at the time.

Since 2002, approximately 8,000 images have been digitized and nearly 2,000 Inuit, activities and places have been identified. Information provided by different generations of Inuit and non-Inuit has been added to the records in the database, and made available to the public. The initiative not only enriched LAC records for present and future generations, but also helped members of communities connect with their past and create intergenerational bridges.

The people in these photographs represent a small selection of individuals successfully identified during the first phase of Project Naming. Visit the photo gallery to see additional photographs that are featured in the Project Naming album on Facebook.

Promote and learn more about Project Naming

Library and Archives Canada has prepared a few resources for people, communities and organizations that would like to promote Project Naming. They can easily be used on websites, ebulletins, newsletters and pinned on billboards! List of material available:

Project Naming on social media

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