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Accession Number: 95-005


Ontario Natives Development Fund fonds. -- 1965-1972. -- 25 cm of textual records. -- 9 photographs.

Biography / History

The Ontario Native Development Fund was established by the Indian-Eskimo Association and the Union of Ontario Indians in 1968. It was incorporated in 1969. The purpose of the fund was to provide native organizations with financial and other forms of assistance. Substantial funds were raised through walkathons called Moccasin Miles.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the Ontario Native Development Fund's correspondence and records which relate to the native position in Ontario and to the establishment of the ONDF's field reports of visits to Ontario cities to set up fund raising events.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located in the National Archives of Canada and the Archives of Ontario.

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, 95-006, 95-019 and 95-024.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Papers, Addresses, etc. of the IEA, and others - Brief on Recreation Needs of Indian Youth of Ontario / Indian and Recreation Committee of The Ontario Recreation Association, 1965 - IEA National Committee: Indians and the City, 1970 - Why Canadian Indians Demonstrate / by James A. Duran, Jr., 1969 - Research project... Canada's Ojibwa Indians / proposed by Francis R. Kewaquedo, n.d. - IEA: Indian Housing Program, 1967 - Indians and the Law / by Alfred Scow, 1966 - An Address by Harold Cardinal, 1968 - IEA - Summary of Discussions - Round Table on Indians and the City, 1966 - IEA - National Conference on "Indians and the City", 1970 - Memorandum re "Indians and the City" - Interim Report, [1970] - IEA "Indians and the City" National Committee Minutes, 1970 - untitled paper about a young Native's unfortunate experiences when he leaves his reserve for the city - Indians Aren't Ready

2: Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada (IEA), miscellaneous - Report of By-law Committee, 1971 - Report of Discussions, Eastern Regional Meeting, Oct. 1970 - Board of Directors list of names, 1971-1972 - Executive Committee list of names, 1971-1972 - IEA letter from Sherrill Cheda on the matter of Mr. Hill's letter re Indian lands being used for military purposes, 1970 - IEA letter regarding Victor Walker joining the IEA as business- administrator accountant, 1970

3: Union News, (newsletter regarding Native issues), [1971]

4: Churches (handwritten list of churches and addresses)

5: School Kit (IEA) - School Kit Management Committee Meeting minutes, June 2, 1971; correspondence, 1971; paper (Waubageshig), etc.

6: Resource Material (IEA) - lists of library materials relating to Native studies, information on library services to the Natives of Canada, IEA publications lists, National Film Board list of films relating to Native culture, etc., [1970-1971]

7: Addresses - lists of Friendship Centres, Indian and Metis Organizations, Provincial Native Development Funds, Indian-Eskimo Affairs - Field Administrative Units, IEA Members and Staff, [United Steel Workers], etc.

8: Sandy Lake Video Project ("Indian Reserves Development Project") - correspondence, proposals, minutes, etc., 1969-1970

9: Minutes - Ontario Chiefs' Meeting, Garden River Indian Reserve, June 17, 1970 - Union of Ontario Indians Meeting of Board of Directors, March 19-20, 1970, Garden River

10: Agencies and Approaches - Foundations, etc. - Donner Canadian Foundation booklet, 1970 - Royal Bank of Canada Monthly Letter, vol.47, no.2, 1966 regarding "Canada's Native People" - A Report on Fund-Raising Potential for Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada, 1968

11: ONDF - Incorporation - correspondence, application for registration, etc., 1967-1970

12: ONDF - Legal Status: correspondence and documents relating to incorporation, etc., 1969-1970

Box 2


1: ONDF - By-Laws

2: ONDF - Policy (Rules and Regulations: Terms of Reference)

3: ONDF - papers and information on background, structure, criteria, and function of the fund; news releases regarding receipt of financial support, etc.; sponsor forms, etc. for Miles for Millions walkathon, etc.

4: Photos - ONDF activities (negatives)

5: ONDF Board of Directors address list, Aug. 9, 1971

6: ONDF Board Meeting agenda and minutes, Aug. 7, 1971; letter to all Board Members from Tony Solomon, July 28, 1971 (includes paper "Submission to the Kent County School Board from the Walpole Band Council and the Moravian Band Council" and paper "Presented by Dave Courchene, President Manitoba Indian Brotherhood to Anglican General Synod, Sudbury, Ontario, Aug. 20, 1969")

7: ONDF Development and Peace Project [Card Project] - notes, posters and brochures from Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace regarding Lenten offerings, draft letters from ONDF to above organization, information regarding Art Galleries of Ontario Super Lottery, etc.

8: ONDF standard letter - explains function, etc. of the ONDF

9: ONDF Indian Week at Sault Ste. Marie - notes, correspondence, etc., 1971

10: ONDF staff papers 1. Critical Analysis and Recommendations [by Tony Solomon] 2. Recommendations and Critical Analysis, Nov. 1971 [by G. MacDonald] 3. Letter to Board of Trustees from Mrs. Carol Nadjiwon re recommendations, etc.

11: ONDF financial statements and accompanying correspondence, 1969-1972

12: Press release concerning Buffy Sainte Marie's concert at University of Toronto's Concert Hall in support of ONDF; newspaper article regarding the effects of mining on the Navajo way of life in Arizona, 1971

13: Moccasin Miles Guide: Covering the Planning, Organizing and Administration of a Walkathon, Dec. 1970; minutes for Miles for Millions, April 7 [1969-1970]

NOTE: Folders 14-23 contain field reports and correspondence relating to proposed sites for Moccasin Miles (Miles for Millions) walkathons 14: Field Trip Masters - reports by Tony Solomon on field trips to Guelph, London, Waterloo, Kitchener-Waterloo, St. Catharines, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, 1971

15: Sault Ste. Marie field trip reports by Gordon MacDonald, 1970

16: Port Arthur, Fort William & Mission Reserve field trip report by Gordon MacDonald, 1969

17: Windsor field trip report by Gordon MacDonald, 1969

18: Sarnia field trip reports by Gordon MacDonald, correspondence, press releases regarding Moccasin Miles walkathon, etc., 1969-1970

19: Kitchener-Waterloo field trip reports by Gordon MacDonald, correspondence, K-W Overseas Aid Inc. correspondence and proposal, 1969-1970

20: London field trip reports by G. Allan Clark and Gordon MacDonald, correspondence, 1968-1969

21: Thunder Bay field trip reports by Gordon MacDonald, correspondence, 1970

22: St. Catharines - correspondence regarding Moccasin Miles walkathon, 1970

23: Brockville - correspondence regarding walkathon, etc., 1970

24: Moccasin Miles - sample walkathon registration forms and sponsor sheets, registration list undated, Miles for Millions financial statement for 1969, etc.