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Accession Number: 09-003


Ontario Natives Development Fund Inc. (Windsor, Ontario) fonds. -- 1960-1974. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- 28 photographs. -- 1 clay disc.

Biography / History

The Ontario Natives Development Fund Inc. was organized in 1968 through the Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada to raise and distribute money to Native organizations which were encountering difficulty in obtaining government assistance, and to educate the Canadian public about the Native situation (taken from a ONDF press release, May 21, 1970). The Windsor Committee of the ONDF was established in 1969.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, photographs, articles and speeches relating to the Windsor, Ontario committee of the Ontario Natives Development Fund Inc.


Custodial History:
This fonds was in the custody of Harold B. Desmarais, former chair of the Windsor committee of the ONDF before it was forwarded to Trent University Archives in 2009.

Immediate Source:
Fonds acquired in 2009 from Harold Desmarais.


For Related Records see: 75-015, 77-002, 77-018, 78-003, 80-030, 80-035, 81-018, 82-014, 83-013, 91-010, 93-011, 94-009, 94-010, 95-005, 95-006, 95-019 and 95-024.

The clay disc designed by artist Bert Weir is located in the vault.

Finding Aid

Box 1:Folder
1. ONDF history, policy, by-laws
2. Minutes of meetings of various Windsor ONDF committees: Planning Committee, On-Going Committee, Windsor Miles for Millions Committee (1969-1972)
3. Committee members lists
4. Correspondence, 1970-1972
5. World Week fundraising activity, November 1-7, 1970 (includes 11 photographs)
6. Moccasin Dance Marathon fundraising activity, held February 6, 1971 (styled after the Moccasin Miles Walkathon). Pledge cards from the following Windsor schools were received but not retained: Centennial, Commerce, Vincent Massey, Riverside, St. Anne's, Walkerville, University of Windsor, St. Claire, Sandwich, Assumption, Brennan, St. Mary's, St. Pius, Hands, Herman, Kennedy, W.D. Lowe
7. Freedom Festival fundraising activity, July 1-4, 1971 (includes 17 photographs)
8. Articles and Speeches:
- Indian Land Claims and Rights / L.I. Barber, 1974
- The Indian Image in Advertising / a special report, Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, 1969
- The American Indian and the Bureau of Indian Affairs / Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., 1969
- Canada's Indians & Eskimos and Human Rights / Omer Peters, 1968
- Research and the Indians of Canada / Harry B. Hawthorn, 1960
- Urbanization of Indians / W. Currie, 1969
- No "Golden Rule" for Indian Integration / Fr. James Mulvihill, [197?]
- Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Indian Reserve Communities / Martin O'Connell, 1964
- Speech by Philip Lind at 15th annual general meeting of Canadian Association in Support of Native Peoples, 1974
- Indian Health Services / Department of National Health and Welfare, n.d.
- The Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada, Publications List No.11, 1971
9. Brochures, pamphlets
10. Correspondence re: ONDF exhibitions, films, publications, 1970Vault:

Clay disc designed by artist Bert Weir who was an active supporter and member of the Windsor committee. Attached to a leather string, this item was worn around the neck. Note: Discs were presented to registrants who completed the Moccasin Marathon.