Fonds MSS 464 (A13-151) - Louise Chippeway fonds

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Louise Chippeway fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 464 (A13-151)

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  • 1966-1997 (Creation)
    Chippeway, Louise
    predom. 1980-1985

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0.31m of textual records

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Louise Chippeway was born in Camperville, Manitoba to a family of 15 children. She came to Winnipeg upon completing Grade 12 in 1966, along with friends George Munro and Alan Chartrand, and became involved in the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre (IMFC). From 1968 Chippeway worked for the IMFC, including the Indian and Metis Tenants Association as a case worker. She also held a contract in 1969 with the newly established Manitoba Indian Brotherhood (MIB), headed by Dave Courchene, where she conducted a survey of social conditions for inner-city Indigenous peoples, particularly housing issues, which resulted in the establishment of Kinew Housing.

In 1972 Chippeway was a member of the inaugural class of the Winnipeg Education Centre (a partnership between the Government of Manitoba and the University of Brandon) and graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Teaching degree, followed by a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1976. She attended the University of Manitoba for 2 years of a Master of Education program, but never completed the degree as she became deeply involved in the Indian and Metis Student’s Association. Throughout this time she was involved in a variety of leftist political protests, rallies and marches. She was later involved with the New Democratic Party (NDP) and was part of a group advocating for a Native Caucus within the party.

In the late 1970s she worked for the Southeast Resource Development Council and the Four Nations Confederacy (previously the MIB) in education positions; after settling a wrongful dismissal suit with the Four Nations with the help of lawyer Marion Meadmore, Chippeway was recruited by Meadmore to gather data and conduct research for the National Indian Business Association in 1980. Around this time she was also a member of the board of the Native Family Services with Leslie Spillett. She worked with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs with Elijah Harper and the Native Land Claims Commission, and from 1985 until her retirement in 2006, she worked for the Government of Manitoba, first as an education coordinator with the Access programs, and later in 1990 as a program coordinator with the Civil Service Commission, including chairing the Aboriginal Advisory Council for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. In 1985 she published the first edition of “Ota-Miska: Where to find it?” for the Dept. of Indian and Northern Affairs, as well as compiling and editing the History of the Winnipeg Indian and Metis Friendship Centre.

Custodial history

This collection was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections by the creator in 2013.

Scope and content

This fonds is divided into four series and includes speeches, presentations, reports, news items, correspondence, minutes and other committee materials, legal documents, and government documents, largely pertaining to the creator’s involvement in Aboriginal organizations and issues, as well as her 20 years of service in the provincial government of Manitoba. It also includes her own publication “Ota-Miska” (1985).

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This fonds is divided into four series: early career; activism & political involvement; Government of Manitoba & Government of Canada; and publications. Several folders in the collection have been kept in the original order imposed by Louise Chippeway and described according to the labels utilized in her personal records system. Some larger files have been subdivided, but remain a conceptual unit.

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  • English
  • French

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Some bilingual government documents

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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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This fonds is one of a series of collections transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections through the community-academic partnership and research project entitled "Preserving the History of Aboriginal Institutional Development in Winnipeg", which was sponsored by the Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA) between 2008 and 2013, and funded by CURA and SSHRC Partnership Grants.

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MSS 464 (A13-151)

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Created by Samantha Booth, Aug. 2015

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  • English

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