The first Indigenous media of the North, The Native Press will be preserved and made publicly available for future generations.
That is the basis of today’s special announcement from the Native Communications Society of the NWT and Department of Education Culture and Employment.
“Today is a special day, finally we have found a partner we can trust to preserve and share our story, and the history of the Native Press,” said NCS NWT board chair Jaysi Catholique on Thursday.
NCS NWT board chair Jaysi Catholique and NCS CEO Rob Ouellette signing off on #NativePress and photographs donation to the GNWT Archives and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Museum. #CKLB pic.twitter.com/WYkm6ssw9n
— Josh Campbell (@Splash_Campbell) October 25, 2018
Catholique was joined by NCS CEO Rob Ouellette and several key staff from the GNWT department of Education, and the NWT Archives.
Part of the donation from NCS to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, includes over 200,000 photos spanning from the 1970’s until 1992.
Territorial archivist Erin Suliak described the photo collection that’s included in the donation of materials as a “treasure trove.”
“The people that worked at Native Press were passionate about what was happening and sharing the news and making people aware of what was going on at that time,” she added.
The work begins to identify the location of the photos, the Dene photographers and their subject matter.