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Rick Riewe and Jill Oakes Family fonds
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- Multiple media
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CA UMASC MSS 359-A2010-092
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[ca. 1703]-2008 (Creation)
- Riewe, Rick
[ca. 1703]-2008 (Creation)
- Oakes, Jill
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3.75m of textual records and other material.
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Rick Riewe was born on June 8, 1942 and attended high school in Detroit, Michigan. He later completed B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wayne State University, Michigan with a major in biology. Thereafter, he was admitted into the Department of Zoology at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he studied under Dr. William O. Pruitt. He continued his studies under Pruitt at the University of Manitoba and completed a Ph.D. in February 1971. Under Pruitt's tutelage Riewe developed photography skills that he used to document the wildlife, plants, landmarks, and infrastructure around him that he later developed into slides and used as examples when teaching. As a Professor of Zoology at the University of Manitoba since 1973, Riewe teaches Wildlife Management, Ecology, Resource Management, and Biology and acts as advisor to numerous masters and doctoral students. His fields of interest include wildlife management, impacts of industrial development upon Aboriginal hunters and trappers, traditional ecological knowledge, native land use, native land claims, and the domestic economy of northern people. He also acted as a Research Associate at the Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta in the mid-1980s alongside his wife, Jill Oakes.
Since the early 1970s he has taught over one hundred field courses throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe dealing with circumpolar peoples’ culture and anthropology, boreal ecology, and arctic survival. His travels also took him to regions in Northern Canada where he did research on wildlife, Inuit hunters, and the environmental impact of oil exploration among other topics throughout the years. Besides these efforts he has also presented numerous guest lectures and media interviews and has held the position of Co-Editor for the Aboriginal Issues Press since 1994.
That same year he and his wife acted as Chairs of Northern Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where they gave a series of speeches on Aboriginal people of the circumpolar region regarding culture, economy, and ecology and led a winter field trip. Together with his wife he also curated a traveling exhibit, Inuit Annuraangit: Our Clothes from 1987-1994 that toured the Canadian prairies, Ontario and parts of northern Canada. Along with other academics and on his own, he has published about 100 articles, co-written well-known books with his wife like Our Boots: An Inuit Women’s Art that received Honorable Mention in a 1996 Museum Publications Design Competition and Spirit of Siberia: Traditional Native Life, Clothing, and Footwear for which they were nominated by the Smithsonian Institute for best museum publication of the year in 2000.
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Jill Oakes was born June 14, 1952. She received a Bachelor of Human Ecology (1975), an Education Certificate (1976), a Master's of Science (1985) and a Ph.D (1988) from the University of Manitoba. In 1982, she earned her commercial pilot's licence and Instructor's Rating. Oakes began lecturing at the University of Manitoba in 1987 and she has also lectured as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Assistant Professor in Human Ecology from 1990-1994 at the University of Alberta as well as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Natural Resources Institute, Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies from 1994-2004, Acting Head of the Department of Geography from 2004-2005, and is currently Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba. She has served as research associate for the Canadian Circumpolar Institute at the University of Alberta and, from 1993 to 1994, was Co-Chair of Northern Studies in the Department of Native Studies at Trent University.
Oakes' many accomplishments include the development of a certificate program for Indigenous students interested in environmental studies and a Master's program proposal for an Master's in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. This proposal included three new graduate level courses which were approved by Senate in 1995. Oakes' work with museum collections has taken her on collecting trips to Greenland, Northwest Territories, Alaska, and the Far East of Russia and the American Southwest for the Bata Shoe Museum, the McCord Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Universities of Alberta and Manitoba. Oakes has researched, coordinated, and curated many exhibitions including the traveling exhibition "Coats of Eider" and a documentary film directed by Oakes.
In 1995, Oakes received the University of Manitoba Outreach Award and an RH Outstanding Research Award, as well as various awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Jill Oakes is the author of several publications and coordinator and co-lecturer in the Inuit Lifestyles Field Course conducted at numerous locations including Delta Marsh Research Station, Churchill Northern Studies Research Centre, Goose Bay, Labrador, Iqaluit, and Meanook Biological Station, University of Alberta.
The A2010-092 accrual was donated by Rick Riewe in 2010.
Scope and content
The first accrual (A.10-92) is divided into 2 series. It includes published articles and manuscripts in the first series and a photograph collection in the second series. The photograph collection includes 24,099 slides, 3045 negatives, 3054 photographs, 38 contact sheets, 2 Compact Discs, 1 VHS Video Cassette, and 27 maps (negatives and photographs of maps arranged within the Photographic Collection).
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This collection is arranged into 2 series.
- Publications and Professional Research
- PC 314 - Photographic Collection
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Box 1A, Folders 1-4 are restricted.
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Finding aid created and encoded by Jeanette Mockford (2012). Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).