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Documentation Centre

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9:00-17:00

What we offer

The Documentation Centre holds library and archive collections focusing on the First Nation and Eeyou/Eenou culture. The Library is open to the general public, students, and researchers during regular museum hours. The Library and Archives staff are happy to help you with your research questions and offer reading suggestions to those looking to learn more about Eeyou/Eeyou culture. The library has a comfortable reading room with WiFi and photocopying services available to patrons.

Library

The library collects and preserves books, publications, and other media to support education and research in Eeyou Istchee. The library holds material relating to the Eeyou/Eenou, the Cree Nation, Aboriginal peoples, and both historic and current events. The collection includes books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and academic journals.

Our ACCI Library will be catalogued using the Brian Deer Classification System. This subject-based indigenous classification system has been adapted by the ACCI and organises our library in a user-friendly manner.

Our library has a periodical section containing a variety of Native and/or Cree publications, newspapers, and magazines including: The Nation, The Cree Hunter and Trapper, and Destinations. We also have a growing reference section of non-circulating material that includes: dictionaries, Cree publications, environmental reports, and annual reports from Cree entities.

The library collection is currently open for browsing, and will soon be able to offer lending services to community members.

Archives

The Archives collects and preserves material of permanent historical and cultural value of Eeyou Istchee represented by records, photographs, journals, maps, scrapbooks, audio/video, and electronic records. The collection focusses on material relating to culture, language, and traditional pursuits, donated by community members, scholars, artists, cultural organizations, and Cree entities. The ACCI Archives also hold the permanent corporate records of Aanischaaukamikw.

Our collection currently includes items donated by, and/or pertaining to:

  • Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute

  • Dr. Richard Preston

  • Dr. Harvey Feit

  • Rick Cuciurean

  • Cree Trappers Association

  • Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie

  • James Bay Cree Culture Education Centre

  • Cree Regional Authority/Cree Nation Government

  • SOTRAC

  • Rev. Hugo Muller

  • Trapper Family

  • Johnny Grant

Please contact an archival staff member for available findings aids.

The ACCI archives is accepting material from community members, families, clubs and organisations of the James Bay Cree. We accept photos, videos, audio recordings, paper records, journals, scrapbooks, and local newsletters/magazines.

Library and Archives Staff:

Annie Bosum

Library Technician

annie.bosum@creeculture.ca

Lisa Petawabano

Archivist

lisa.petawabano@creeculture.ca

Raegan Swanson

Archivist

raegan.swanson@creeculture.ca