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Rita Joe Honorary Doctorate
CA BI FT-108 · Item · 1998

Item is a video recording of Rita Joe receiving an honorary doctorate during a convocation ceremony at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Song of Eskasoni
CA BI 2007-008.3.001 · Item · 1993

File consists of "an account of the revival of the native traditions and spirituality in Eskasoni through the writings of Rita Joe."

CA BI T-3114 · Item · 29 Apr. 1991

File consists of an audio recording of Rita Joe explaining why she wrote the poem about the Grand Chief; describes Donald Marshall Sr. as a person and reads the poem she wrote in his honour. Rita Joe talks about
the number of people who gathered to pay their respects to Donald Marshall Sr. Closes with violin tune, "Echoes," performed by Winnie Chafe and daughter, Patricia Chafe Nauge.

CA BI T-2346 · Item · 1989

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of John Mackley being interviewed by Fulton Rhymes about the Sydney Steel Plant.

CA BI T-2347 · Item · 1989

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Blair Caum being interviewed by Fulton Rhymes about the Sydney Steel Plant.

CA BI T-2348 · Item · 1989

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Mr. A.T. Rhymes being interviewed by his son, Fulton Rhymes, about the history of the Sydney Steel Plant.

On the Go
CA BI T-2279 · Item · ca. 1987

File consists of an audio recording of the CBC program, On the Go, featuring a segment on the 1987 Summer Games.

The Life of Alvinus Calder
CA BI T-292 · Item · 1985

Item is a reel to reel audio tape that features a sound recording of Elizabeth Beaton interviewing Carol Calder about Dr. Alvinus Calder.

Track listing is as follows:

  • Dr. Alvinus Calder, his life and diaries; Dr. Calder's papers are anecdote style, written in the third person, thoughts over a long period of time
  • Trip to Moscow, speech delivered on return, Post-Record clippings
  • Family still living in Grenada, his attitudes toward the governments administration of the country
  • His contemporaries - Dr. Young, Dr. Devereaux, Dr. Sandy MacDonald
  • Catholic; Attended St. Mary's Polish Church, good friend of Father O'Connell
  • Known for his public speaking, reference to Mrs. Calder, 3 books are rewrites
  • Dr. Calder, brown 1892, died 1975, lived in Grenada; For one year after graduating from medical school, involved with U.N.I.A.; Reference to St. Alban's, St. Philip's
CA BI T-2191 · Item · 1985

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Mrs. Mary Best being interviewed by Toby Morris about the Ukrainian culture and her marriage to a West Indian man.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Austrian-Hungarian background; Family moved to Sydney in 1930; Ukrainian-Polish neighbourhood, easy to get by without speaking English
  • Nuns were tolerant of problems facing immigrant children; Greek Orthodox went to Holy Ghost Church
  • Ukrainian festive traditions (Easter and Christmas)
  • Father experienced discrimination at open hearth, died in plant accident
  • Importance of education; Went to grade eight
  • Married West Indian, description of West Indian Culture

Side B:

  • Importance of Ukrainian language, taught at Ukrainian Hall; Loss of traditions
  • Job at Tea Gardens
  • All children born at home with a local woman as a midwife, old time remedies, doctors occasionally called
  • Homemade wines, livestock
  • Old people were good neighbours, multi-ethnic neighbourhood
  • Christmas - very holy; Food centre of celebration; Peanuts and walnuts hidden in straw
  • Baptisms were popular celebrations; Parents strict in enforcing Ukrainian language
  • Loss of Ukrainian language, spoken in stores
  • Women expected to get married and raise children
  • Crime was not a problem; no discrimination of prejudice
The Future of Sydney Steel
CA BI T-2258 · Item · ca. 1985

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of a CBC Radio program entitled "The Future of Sydney Steel."

Track listing is as follows:

  • The History of the Sydney Steel Plant, DOSCO threatening to close it on Black Friday 1967
  • History from 1901 to present
  • The working of the plant; Various furnaces
  • The importance of the Plant during World War II investments poured into the plant
  • Hard times before the Union came
  • Establishment of Local 1064
  • 1967 march in Sydney to keep the Steel Plant alive
  • Problems during the 1980s with SYSCO; Many of the mills closed and moved to Upper Canada
Informal Religion
CA BI T-559 · Item · 1985

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of a speech presented by Reverend Vincent Waterman at St. Philip's African Orthodox Church to the Friends of Whitney Pier that outlines the history of the Church.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • History of A.O.C. priests, problems, establishment, etc.; Pier not an "ethnic ghetto," Synod in Pier
  • Trained by American Catholic Church, Endich Theological Seminary
  • Commitment to A.O.C.
  • Majority of Blacks belong to either United or Anglican or Catholic Churches
  • More support from whites, negative defeatist attitude in Sydney
  • Need for pride in community
  • Informal religion and A.O.C.
  • Father came in 1940
  • Sunday very important day, always dress up for church

Side B:

  • Christmas preparations, food and customs
  • Sermons based on gospel
  • Holy days
  • Christmas celebrations
  • Women in church
  • Prayers
  • Superstition, preach good behaviours, no African Methodist Episcopalian Churches in Nova Scotia
  • Brought up very strict
  • Awareness of African Heritage
  • Food was very important, West Indian dishes
  • Linguistics, dialects
  • Further from Cuba, mother from Antigua
  • Many left A.O.C.; Very discouraging at times
CA BI FT 18 · Item · 1985

File consists of two videos of a gathering at the AOC Churchyard during Whitney Pier's West Indian Reunion.

CA BI FT 19 · File · 1985

File consists of three videos of the West Indian Reunion Achievement Dinner at St. Alban's Hall, Whitney Pier.

Blacks at Whitney Pier
CA BI T-2104 · File · 1984

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of Neville Gibson, Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford being interviewed by Elizabeth Beaton about the Black population of Whitney Pier.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Biographical information (Neville Gibson)
  • Rev. Phillips founder; White people creating problems for them (Neville Gibson)
  • Problem - St. Cyprians on Henry Street (Neville Gibson)
  • Re-iteration of involvement; Split in Black community (Neville Gibson)
  • The "Brethern" Bible study meetings (Neville Gibson)
  • Land bought by church; Bishop Trotman; History of African Orthodox Church (Neville Gibson)
  • Marcus Garvey; Black Star Line; U.N.I.A. (Neville Gibson)
  • Father lost house; Went to night school (informant); Picnics at Mira; Tennis courts; Menelik Hall (Neville Gibson)
  • Dr. Calder (Neville Gibson)
  • Connection between U.N.I.A. and A.O.C. (Neville Gibson)
  • Cricket Club (Neville Gibson)
  • Marcus Garvey; United Mission; Home and School (Neville Gibson)
  • Discrimination; Black scholarship program; Influence on Stanfield (Neville Gibson)
  • Black Methodist Church (Neville Gibson)
  • Reid Family (Neville Gibson)

Side B:

  • Biographical information; Born 1912; Arthur Stanley Trotman was father (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Robertson from States; One named Jones (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • A.O.C. history; Robertson worked out of church on Henry Street (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Robertson gone by 1924; Trotman had church on Victoria Road; Never a Methodist Church (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Chronology of Priest (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • St. Alban's problems (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Trotman, third bishop of A.O.C. (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Marcus Garvey (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
The Blacks of Whitney Pier
CA BI T-2083 · File · 1983

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of Vernon Tull being interviewed by Elizabeth Beaton about the Black population in Whitney Pier.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Genealogical sketch
  • Early African Orthodox Church in Cape Breton
  • Religions practised by West Indians before the African Orthodox Church
  • Building Church
  • Archdeacon Phillips
  • Succession of priests and wardens
  • Keeping the records of the church
  • Discussion of architectural changes
  • Discussion of the different features of the Church
  • Financial Support Systems for the Church
  • Musical bands in the community

Side B:

  • War experiences
  • Early people who contributed to community
    i-30- The African Orthodox Church and young people
  • Connection to United Mission
  • Menelik Hall, Dr. Calder
  • Traditional Barbaian music
  • Cricket teams at Whitney Pier pre 1941
  • Traditional foodways
  • William Fitzgerald; owned much property at the Pier
Cargoes on the Move
CA BI FT-257 · Item · 1983

Item is a film depicting the societal benefits of improved transportation, and the ways in which steel functions to improve transportation. Optical soundtrack.

American Iron and Steel Institue
West Indian Foodways
CA BI FT 1 (24) · Item · 1983

Item is a video of Elizabeth Beaton and Stephanie Inglis interviewing Uri Johnston and Cecilia Coward about West Indian Foodways.

CA BI FT-0001.17 · Item · 1981

File consists of an original video interview with Rita Joe on the use of herbal medicinal cures and of various Mi'kmaw cultural items such as hair ornaments, jewelry and musical instruments. Rules and significance of waltes played by Mi'kmaw women. Beaton Institute Production; 20 minutes

Mi'kmaw Language Class
CA BI FT-0009 · Item · 1981

File consists of a videorecording of a Mi'kmaw language class at the Mi'kmawey elementary school, Chapel Island. Class deals with the teaching of proper names, pronunciation, chanting, etc. Beaton Institute Production; 15 minutes.

Town of New Waterford
CA BI T-2167 · Item · 1981

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of C.J.C.B. Radio "Talk Back" announcer Norris Nathanson interviewing Dr. Danny Nathanson on the history of the town of New Waterford.

CA BI T-958 · Item · Oct. 1980

File consists of an audio recording of the CBI Radio show, Fresh Air, featuring a conversation with several informants on various topics concerning life at Eskasoni and Mi'kmaw culture.

CA BI T-2008 · Item · 1980

Item is a sound recording featuring several individuals from New Waterford, including Dr. Dan Nathanson, Mrs. Rose Schwartz, James P. MacNeil, and Margaret MacPhee.

Glace Bay mine explosion #26
CA BI FT-233 · Item · 1979

Item is a film with footage of the 1979 No. 26 explosion and memorial service.

Tommy Doucet
R-354 · Item · 1979

Item is a sound recording of Tommy Doucet.

CA BI T-1343 · Item · 1979

Item is a sound recording featuring the following:

Marie MacLellan & Sandy MacInnis: Violin & Piano Selections
Sons of Skye: "Fhir a'Bhata"
King's Own Scottish Borderers: Bagpipe selections
Kay MacDonald: Gaelic Story
Margaret MacPhee: Piano Selections
Rev. Allan MacMillan: "'S e fa mo mhulad..."
Bob Morgan & Kay MacDonald: Gaelic Lesson
Carl MacKenzie & Doug MacPhee: Violin & Piano Selections
Allister MacDonald: "Mary Jane"
Kathleen Beaton & Elmer Briand: Violin & Piano Selections
Kay MacDonald:"A' Bhraighe"
Re Hackle Pipes & Drums: Bagpipe selections

Song of Seasons
CA BI FT-228 · Item · 1977

Item is a film depicting the evolving life of Cape Breton locals. Optical Soundtrack.

Crabtree, Grant
Tarbot Music Festival fonds
CA BI MG 21.18 · Fonds · 1977 - 1979

Fonds consists of materials related to the Tarbot Music Festival held in Tarbot, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, including audio reels of 1977 festival performances, a cassette with a Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) radio segment about the festival, photographs, a festival poster, a patch, and a ‘Tarbot’ stamp.

Tarbot, Cape Breton's Music Festival Inc.
CA BI T-799 · Item · 1977

Item consists of an audio reel that features a sound recording of C.B.I. Radio's Bill Doyle interviewing Ed Parris about Cape Breton's Black community.

Track listing is as follows:

  • Black culture in Cape Breton; His parents came from Barbados
  • Most blacks in Cape Breton came from West Indies but origin was Africa
  • Discrimination today
  • The African Orthodox Church
  • Close contact kept with relatives in West Indies
  • Ethnic food and music
  • Black culture will get stronger, young people are organizing
  • Intermarriage; His wife is white, no problems
  • The role of the media
  • Parents are influential in the Black community
  • Black United Front
  • George Maxwell, a Black man who spoke Gaelic
  • The television show "Roots" and its affect on Black culture
  • Hidden prejudice, it cannot be proven
  • Discrimination in employment, law
Interview with Lee Cremo
CA BI T-883 · Item · 1977

File consists of an audio recording of an interview with Lee Cremo in Eskasoni. Lee Cremo's background as a fiddler, the various fiddle styles in Cape Breton. Also, prejudice and the gap between white and Mi'kmaw ways of thinking.

Interview with Winnie Chafe
CA BI T-900 · Item · 1977

File consists of an audio recording of an interview with Winnie Chafe, Glace Bay. She mentions that the Scottish, French and Mi'kmaq all settled in Frenchvale and that the Mi'kmaq taught the other settlers to hunt and trap.

T-252 · Item · 3 Jun. 1977

The file consists of audio recordings of ​a CBC radio program "Morningside" - with guest speakers​, Elizabeth May from Baddeck, Ken MacKay marine biologist, Bernard LeLanne Chef, and Winnie Chafe and Doug MacPhee in Scottish Music.​

CA BI T-871 · File · 1977

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of a C.B.I. Radio interview with John Nicholson describing ethnic culture in Industrial Cape Breton.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Ethnic groups in Cape Breton Industrial Area: Why various groups came to the Island
  • Only blacks were recruited...
  • Rural Cape Bretoners came to industrial area for employment
  • Why different ethnic groups settled in specific areas
  • People remain in the old areas because of kinship
  • No hostilities among ethnic groups
  • Importance of Church and Church Hall
  • Problems were caused from outside
  • The role of unionism
  • Intermarriage
  • Role of the church in keeping groups together
  • Two distinct groups of Blacks
  • Compares Cape Breton ethnic groups to the Jewish people going to Israel

Side B:

  • Metropolitan character of Cape Breton ethnic groups
  • Future of these groups depends on economic development
  • Cape Bretoners are interested in their ethnic roots
  • They are different because everyone was allowed to retain their identity
  • Contributions of the ethnic groups to Cape Breton
  • Indians and Pakistanis have no problems settling here
  • Federal policies on multiculturalism
  • Cape Breton is as separate from Nova Scotia as it is from the rest of Canada
  • How ethnic Cape Bretoners see themselves (rarely as Nova Scotians)
While the Worm Sleeps
CA BI FT-265 · Item · 1977

Item is a "Spruce budworm special". Opening scene of item depicts a well dressed man.

ATV
The Grey Ghost
CA BI FT-269 · Item · 1976

Item is a film. Its opening scene is depicting that of a brick fire place.

ATV
Documentary "X"
CA BI FT-273 · Item · 1976

Item is a film which appears to be promotional material for St. Francis Xavier University. Optical soundtrack.

Camera Club of St. Francis Xavier University
Houses for the People
FT-266 · Item · 1975

Item is a film, in which the opening scene depicts a man standing in what appears to be a rail yard. No apparent soundtrack.

CJCB-TV
Mothers March on Polio
CA BI FT-258 · Item · [1973?]

Item is a film, in which its opening scenes depict a woman walking along a sidewalk and a group of men emptying a box contain what appears to be letters. Optical soundtrack.

CA BI T-351 · Item · 1972

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Mrs. Betty Lynch interviewing Winston Ruck about Cape Breton's Black community.

Track listing is as follows:

  • Biographical sketch
  • Did all Black immigrants who came to C.B. stay?
  • Social life of Black community
  • Genealogical background of Mr. Ruck
  • Ancient Order of Forresters
  • Position in Union
  • Cosmo Club
Underwater Louisbourg
CA BI FT-270 · Item · 1972

Item is a film that "documents the French fleet lost in Louisbourg harbour during battles with the British in the 18th century." Optical Soundtrack.

Cape Breton Development Corporation; Louisbourg Underwater Archaeological Society
Discover Nova Scotia
FT-267 · Item · 1972

Item is a collection of scenes depicting various locations and activities prevalent in Nova Scotia. Optical Soundtrack.

Nova Scotia Information Travel Bureau, Information Services
Mi'kmaw culture and music
CA BI T-302 · Item · 1971

File consists of an audio recording of Mi'kmaw songs and music recorded at a Mi'kmaw gathering in Truro. Directed by Sister Angelina Vallas.

1971 News Film
CA BI FT-271 · Item · 1971

Item is marked as news film from 1971. Film is composed of silent portions and sections including a magnetic sound track.

Energy Seekers
CA BI FT-248 · Item · [ca. 1971]

Item is film which explores careers in exploration geophysics. Optical Soundtrack.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Give us the tools
CA BI FT-264 · Item · [ca. 1970]

Item is a film which documents the way of life of people of Aboriginal descent in Manitoba. Optical soundtrack.

Dawn Chase
Tignish Cooperatives
FT-268 · Item · 1970

Item is a documentary investigating the lives of those living in Tignish, Prince edward Island. Set in PEI, funded with help from Memorial University with money from the Donner Canadian Foundation and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Produced by George C. Stoney for the NFB. Optical Soundtrack.

National Film Board of Canada