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A Canadian Odyssey miscellaneous early records

File contains a progress report on the Tubman Institute's Scholar-in-Residence program, information on Simpson and the Innovation Expedition and planning the Canadian Odyssey project.

Aboriginal peoples in Canada

Series consists of records relating to Don Simpson's involvement in various projects relating to Aboriginal people in Canada. Series contains general resource material, such as reports, articles, and brochures/information from various organizations. Series also consists of records relating to CBC Project North, a Native broadcasting system for the North, including notes, drafts, reports, correspondence, brochures, information sheets and other records. Series also consists of various records relating to land claims in the 1970s, most particularly Simpson's involvement with the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories, the Southern Support Group, and the Dene Nation's opposition to the construction of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline. Simpson served for 4 years as co-chairman (with Peter Russell) of the Southern Support Group of the Dene Nation and delivered a presentation to Mr. Justice Thomas R. Berger, Commissioner of the Mackenzie Valley Pipelines Inquiry in Yellowknife in April 1976. Records relating to land claim issues include copies of treaties and agreements, news clippings and media coverage, reports, correspondence, speeches, government publications, posters and buttons. Series also includes records relating to the activities of the Northwest Territories Education Task Force, a major research project in the 1980s, for which Simpson served as Director of Research. Records include reports, notes from meetings and community hearings, and other records.

African Canadian experiences

Series contains records pertaining to Simpson's work in relation to the experiences of African Canadians, including the 2005 book based on his doctoral thesis "Under the North Star: Black Communities in Upper Canada before Confederation (1867)" and, in particular, his work as Innovator-in-Residence at York University's Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples. Projects Simpson was involved with at the Institute included the S.P.A.C.E. program (Spotlighting and Promoting African Canadian Experiences) and a major project involving public dialogues, the collection of Simpson's archives and Simpson's authoring of A Canadian Odyssey: A Personal and National Journey Towards Cross-Cultural Harmony. Records include planning documents, correspondence, writings, clippings, brochures and posters.

African development records

Series consists of records collected by Simpson under the heading "building relations between Africa and Canada." The records span the 1960s to the 1980s and include financial records and shipment receipts of the Hamilton Goodwill Africa Foundation; documentation of the formation, meetings and projects of The Sibley Foundation; reports, correspondence, memoranda and "trip envelopes" of the Canada Africa Business Advisory Group (CABAG); records related to Simpson's consulting company, Kanchar International Ltd.; records of his consultancy with the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF); correspondence from Canibex, a short-lived brokering subsidiary of Kanchar; and correspondence, memoranda, scripts, budgets and other records of Eden International Productions Inc., a film production company of which Simpson was a co-founder. There are a few files on Canadian Crossroads International and the African Students Foundation (ASF). As well, there is general material on Canada-Kenya activities, in particular the Canada-Kenya Forum for businessmen organized by Kanchar and CABAG. Other record sub-groups created by Simpson include "educating Canadians about African and international development," and "internationalizing the curriculum." The latter subset of records includes approximately 75 catalogue cards summarizing the films held by the Cross-cultural learning centre at the University of Western Ontario. "Trip envelopes" were packages that often included a mixture of records for projects of Kanchar, CABAG and Simpson's other consulting firm, Salasan. They contain letters, notes, and a set of photographs of pre-fabricated housing under construction in Kenya. Other types of records in the series include correspondence, memoranda, reports, clippings, articles, newsletters, studies, resumes, promotional and profile material on Kanchar, speeches, legal documents, meeting notes, surveys, financial statements, conference materials, seminars, and an oral history transcript of an interview with Simpson at UWO as an example of a model international business/cultural leader.

Alberta roundtables and Towards 2000 Together : Alberta government planning documents

File contains reports on energy; economic strategies for Edmonton and Calgary; the Vision2020 initiative by Alberta Municipal Affairs; the "Creating tomorrow" initiative for Alberta's agriculture and food industry; health research; global business plan for tourism, trade, investment and technology development; Vision for the Nineties action plan for education; and a booklet on Canada 2000: a roadmap for economic renewal in Western Canada.

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