Accession A2017-024 - Rarihokwats fonds

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Rarihokwats fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 519-A2017-024

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34 m. of textual material
electronic records

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(ca. 1936 -)

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Rarihokwats has held a wide variety of positions during his lengthy working career. He holds a Masters of Arts in the Teaching Sciences, Antioch-Putney Graduate School 1968. He speaks English, Spanish & some Mohawk.

From 1961-1965 he was a director of family & child services & child care supervisor with the Children’s Aid Society. Followed by community development officer for Indian Affairs, Akwesasme (1965-1967). Rarihokwats is founder, publisher & editor of Akwesasne Notes & Speaker for White Roots of Peace. He was the recipient of the Marie Potts Award of the American Indian Press Association; the Robert Kennedy Award for Journalism in the Service of Minorities, & a World Council of Churches Anti -Racism Award between (1968-1977). He has been an elder & advisor to an American First Nation, particularly in regard to its educational projects, genealogical research for the federal resignation process (1978-2014). He developed from concept to full operation a Healing Lodge under contract for Correctional Services Canada & served as its first CEO (1997-2001). He worked on historical research & program development for the Manitoba Dakota First Nations (1998-2007). He was a researcher for a major First Nations test case (2002-2014). Rarihokwats is an advisor & historian on Treaty for NWT First Nations (Akaitcho) (2005-present). A negotiator & senior advisor, Treaty 1 First Nations in major legal actions related to pipelines & surplus federal military base (2007-2012). An advisor to Canadian Ombudsman regarding strategic planning & communications (2008-present). He provided assistance to membership of a First Nation in developing constitution and laws & in developing capacity to work together for the future (2009-present). Facilitator of workshops for a large First Nation on treaty-related issues, nation building & political strategies (2009). He was a principal researcher advisor for the successful Norway House Tax Fishers Tax Exemption case resulting in a victory in the Federal Court of Appeal (2009-2012). He did historical research for Saskatchewan First Nation advancing a Treaty-based case related to failure of the federal Crown to pay compensation for lands offered by Treaty for immigration & settlement (2010-present). Rarihokwats was a visiting professor, University of Ottawa, Departments of Geography & Aboriginal studies re: Indigenous Knowledge & “Indigenous Peoples, Settler Colonialism, Decolonizing, & Healing Reconstruction” (2011-2014). He is currently a consultant to a Board of community trust involved in community improvement & economic development enterprises (2013-present).

For the full copy of Rarihokwats C.V. consult Box 69 in the oversize collection.

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The fonds were donated by Rarihokwats in 2017

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The fonds consists of 21 series, they include: John Monro Enquiry, Indian Land Claims, Powhatan Renape Research, Dept. of Indian Affairs. Hon. Frank Oberle, Lake St. Martin, Dakota Tipi & Turtle Mountain Material, Kapyong Barracks, House of Commons Minutes, Keeseekowenin First Nations, Historica, Aboriginal Publications, Treaty One Material, Central America articles, Treaty Material Manitoba Hydro Bipole Project, Research Material, Electronic Records, Oversize (1 box separately stored in Room 334)

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A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.

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Since 1982, Rarihokwats has worked continuously with Roberta Jamieson as an advisor & writer when she was an ex-officio member of the Parliamentary Task Force on Indian Government, as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario, for 10 years Ombudsman of Ontario, as Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River, as CEO & President of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (now Indspire). His documents in this regard have been given to Roberta Jamieson & permission to access them should be made to her or whoever is the custodian of her archives.

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There are 69 total physical boxes, but the box numbers go until box 65 as there is a 26A, 27A, 28A, and 34A.

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Finding aid created by Lewis St. George Stubbs (April 2019). Revised by N. Courrier (August 2019).

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