Indigenous neighbours are invited to participate in the identification of individuals and families in photographs and films held in the Archives and Library collection.

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[unidentified woman and children], ca. 1906, Elliott Barnes fonds. v48_na_485

[Man with lasso rope-Pertains to Banff Indian Days], [ca.1920 - ca.1940]

George Noble fonds. v469_na_2203

Through Recognizing Relations, the Archives and Library at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies aims to update descriptions, restore names and remove inappropriate language.

Through oral histories and community collaboration, dynamic descriptions can be made that communicate histories, identities and connections of the people photographed.

Through Recognizing Relations the Archives and Library strives to:

  • Develop ideas, programs and initiatives together

  • Build Relationships

  • Be active and reach out to marginalized communities

  • Inform and welcome all communities in the archives

  • Increase accessibility for parents with children, accommodate family groups

  • Provide travel funding for individuals or groups to visit the archives

  • Update access points to reflect non-dominant cultural groups

  • Remove and correct out-dated and inappropriate language