15-year anniversary of Project Naming: regaining Inuit, Métis Nation and First Nations history, one picture at a time

Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with Carleton University is honoured to host members from Inuit, Métis Nation and First Nations communities to commemorate 15 years of Project Naming. We invite you to attend any of the free sessions on Wednesday March 1 to Friday March 3, 2017, as we gather to reflect on the past 15 years of Project Naming and its engagement with Aboriginal communities, and look to the future of this important initiative.

Project Naming: Making Connections

Project naming: Every picture tells a story... share your knowledge!

Before Project Naming began in 2002, the Aboriginal peoples depicted in the majority of federal archival photographs have been nameless. Project Naming provides a virtual space enabling First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit communities to access Canada's historic photo collections and engage in the identification of people and locations, thereby reconnecting with their history to share memories and stories rekindled by the photographs. The project also aims to inspire and empower Aboriginal youth with a renewed understanding and access to their past. Since the project began, many individuals have reunited with their families and loved ones, and have sometimes found themselves in the photographs.

Mona Tigitkok from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, discovered her photograph as a young woman nearly 60 years after it was taken. Photo courtesy of Kitikmeot Heritage Society. Photo by Richard Harrington. (PA-146315)

In September 2014, Ashevak Geetah (left) and her daughter, Eva Geetah (right) reconnected with their father and grandfather, Eetooloopak, after seeing his photo, which was taken in Iqaluit, Nunavut in March 1956. Photo courtesy of Sheila Pokiak Lumsden. Photo by Gar Lunney. (PA-180267)

While Project Naming has evolved over the past 15 years, the project holds true to its original goal to engage with Aboriginal communities, to make its photographic collections known and accessible, to gather the names of anonymous individuals and to archive this information that would otherwise never be known without the help of the communities—for this generation and future generations.

Please join us for this major community and scholarly gathering.


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