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Celebrate Saskatchewan’s Past During Archives Week

February 2 to 8, 2020, is Archives Week across the province. Archives Week was created to honour our province's heritage and the work that has gone into ensuring its preservation. This week is always celebrated on the first full week of February, kicking off Heritage month and coinciding with the birthday of Edmund H. Oliver, the first professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan and arguably the father of archives in this province. 

Archives Week celebrations include celebrity reading events, historic film nights, open houses and various exhibits that will focus on Saskatchewan’s rich history and celebrate archives! Events are hosted throughout Saskatchewan including Craik, Humboldt, La Ronge, Lloydminster, Melfort, North Battleford, Regina, Saskatoon, Shaunavon, St. Isidore de Bellevue and Wolseley.

And, of course, none of these events would be made possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. 

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of many archives across our province,” said Jeremy Mohr, president of the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists. “The support and hard work of these individuals gives others the ability to preserve, provide and promote the unique and important heritage found in these collections.”

Countless hours researching and documenting historical textual records and photographs have been put into North Battleford’s repository by City of North Battleford Historic Archives (CNBHA). The group is made up of volunteers Dawne Tokaryk, Bill Wells, Valorie Fitzgerald, Larry Kulyk, Terry Lumsdon and Hugh McIvor.

“In many ways, I believe that the volunteers at the City of North Battleford Historic Archives exceed the requirements and expectations for any outstanding volunteer,” said Tammy Donahue, retired archivist at the City of North Battleford Historic Archives. “The remarkable efforts from our volunteers have made our repository an established, recognized and trusted repository for archival material. We have achieved this reputation locally and across the province.” 

The volunteers in North Battleford are dependable, efficient and detail orientated. The deep commitment and their involvement in the community often reaches beyond their work with archives. 

“Volunteers are the backbone of the St. Isidore de Bellevue community and especially our archives,” said Alice Gaudet, chair of the Societe Historique de la Saskatchewan board of directors. “They contribute to the protection of our heritage by collecting and working in the archives, preparing displays, offering interpretive services, supervising and recognizing the work of our summer employees and, of course, serving on the Archives de Bellevue board of directors.”

Thank you to all the volunteers for their tireless contributions and hard work!

It is important to take time to honour our past. Join and celebrate with volunteers across the province at this year’s Archives Week. 

To find out more about the events happening in your area or learn more about Edmund Oliver, visit scaa.sk.ca/public-awareness/archives-week.

Three North Battleford volunteers holding awards
North Battleford volunteers

The City of North Battleford Historic Archives will be setting up interactive displays and an information booth at the Battlefords and District Co-operatives Territorial Place Mall in North Battleford on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from noon to 5 p.m. and then on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from noon to 5 p.m.

Group of Craik volunteers
Craik volunteers

Craik Oral History Archives will host an open house with the theme of “Education” back during the years of one-room school houses and experiences involved during that time. Some activities will include quizzes and interviews conducted by the students of their grandparents. Prizes are awarded to anyone who participates.

Two St. Isidore de Bellevue volunteers
St. Isidore de Bellevue volunteers

Three St. Isidore de Bellevue volunteers holding certificate
St. Isidore de Bellevue volunteers

Célébrons la Semaine des archives 2020, Archives de Bellevue will have displays of archival photos, documents and resource material at Centre culturel Le Rendez-vous, Bellevue for the week February 3 - 7, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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