Series SCM-RG-0001-0004 - Canada Remembers Committee records

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Canada Remembers Committee records

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  • 1883-01-01 - ? (Creation)
    City of Swift Current
    Swift Current (Sask.)

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ca. 1 m of textual records

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Administrative history

Current's history began with Swift Current Creek which originates at Cypress Hills and traverses 100 miles (160 km) of prairie and empties into the South Saskatchewan River. The creek was a camp for First Nations for centuries. The name of the creek comes from the Cree, who called the South Saskatchewan River Kisiskâciwan, meaning "it flows swiftly". Fur traders found the creek on their westward treks in the 1800s, and called it "rivière au Courant" (lit: "river of the current"). Henri Julien, an artist travelling with the North-West Mounted Police expedition in 1874, referred to it as "Du Courant", and Commissioner George French used "Strong Current Creek" in his diary. While it took another decade before being officially recorded, the area has always been known as "Swift Current".

The settlement of Swift Current was established in 1883, after the CPR surveyed a railway line as far as Swift Current Creek. In 1882, initial grading and track preparation commenced, with the first settlers arriving in the spring of 1883. During the early part of its settlement, the economy was based almost exclusively on serving the new railway buildings and employees. There was also a significant ranching operation known as the "76" ranches. It included 10 ranches raising sheep and cattle and stretched from Swift Current to Calgary. The ranch located at Swift Current dealt with sheep. At one point there were upwards of 20,000 sheep grazing on the present day Kinetic Grounds. The head shepherd was John Oman, originally from Scotland. He donated land to build Oman School in 1913. Other early industries included gathering bison bones for use in fertilizer manufacturing, the making of bone china and sugar refining. Métis residents also ran a successful Red River ox cart "freighting" business to Battleford until the late 1880s. During the Riel Rebellion of 1885, Swift Current became a major military base and troop mustering area due to its proximity to Battleford but this was only for a short time. On February 4, 1904, the hamlet became a village and then a town on March 15, 1907, when a census indicated a population of 550. Swift Current became incorporated as a city on January 15, 1914, with Frank E. West being the mayor at the time.

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On 2004 June 3 the records was transferred to the Swift Current Museum.

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The fonds, related to the Canada Remembers Committee, was acquired by the source during its lifetime. No other information was captured at the time of transfer to the Swift Current Museum.

The content has not been professionally appraised, arranged, or described. The following is a basic listing of the unprocessed contents:
Folder #1, Invoices (Unpaid): invoices pertaining to the 1995 Canada Remembers celebration in SC, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion

Folder #2, Invoices Pd. (2nd file done): invoices pertaining to the 1995 Canada Remembers celebration in SC, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion

Folder #3, Invoices Paid: invoices pertaining to the 1995 Canada Remembers celebration in SC, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion

Folder #4, Info Presented To City Council: correspondence, financial information, pertaining to a banquet and dance held on May 6 1995, part of the Canada Remembers celebration organized by the Royal Canadian Legion

Folder #5, Canada Remembers (agenda): information about events that are part of the Canada Remembers celebration, organized by the Royal Canadian Legion

Folder #6, Minutes: minutes of the Canada Remembers Committee, February 22, March 7, April 5, 9, 18, May 2, 23 1995

Folder #7, Correspondence: letters sent from Canada Remembers to provincial branches; correspondence between the Royal Canadian Legion SC Branch and the Canada Remembers Committee; brochures for Canada Remembers commemorative material; request to Abilities Council for bus transportation; Canada Remembers newsletter Issue #2, April 1995

Folder #8, Hymns & Songs: printed lyrics of 5 different hymns

Folder #9, Letterhead (Canada Remembers): SC's version of the Canada Remembers letterhead, with the Legion's address and phone number

Folder #10, Letters Rec'd: correspondence re: establishing a Canada Remembers committee in SC; events organized by the Canada Remembers Committee, especially a parade and a "Fly Past" by the CFB in Moose Jaw; funding from City of SC

Folder #11, Letters (sent out): copies of correspondence from the SC Canada Remembers Committee, re: financial information, thank you letters to participants, reports on events, invitations to events

Folder #12, Logo (Canada Remembers): written explanation of the Canada Remembers logo

Folder #13, (May 6-8 INFO): programs for the dedication of cairn commemorating BCATP; programs for May 6 - 8 events; text of a speech entitled "Canada Remembers"; list of wreaths that are laid; text of a speech by Roy Spence; City of SC's Proclamation/Flag Raising Policy

Folder #14, Miscellaneous (War Brides Brochure Info.): annotated copy of an agenda for May 6 - 8; list of songs; phone numbers and addresses of women (war brides?)

Folder #15, Newspaper Clippings: excerpts from the SC Sun and the Southwest Booster, re: Canada Remembers events in SC

Folder #16, Promospec Order Forms re: T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.: brochures and order forms for Canada Remembers souvenirs

Folder #17, Rental Agreement (Legion Hall): rental agreement between Jack Brown and the Legion Hall for May 6 1995 for $400, plus a late closing charge

Folder #18, Southwest Cr. Union (Bank Statements): 'Canada Remembers (Swift Current)' bank statements, care of Linda Wiebe, for March 31 to November 31, 1995

Folder #19, Banquet Tickets (May 6 1995): tickets, posters, other misc. documents re: Canada Remembers Banquet

Folder #20, Jack Brown: copies of correspondence from Jack Brown, outstanding bills

Folder #21, Myrle Clark: copy of correspondence from Myrle Clark re: SC Canada Remembers activities

Folder #22, Ivor Clifton: copies of correspondence from Ivor Clifton, other correspondence; document re: Sherman Tank at the Armoury; order for the "Korea 1950 - 1953" plaque on the Centotaph at Memorial Park

Folder #23, Len Horvey; documents and correspondence pertaining to outreach to schools, re: Canada Remembers; information package from the Canada Remembers Saskatchewan Committee

Folder #24, Noble Irwin: correspondence from Irwin as Canada Remembers Chairman, including financial information, thank you letters, event reports, invitations to events, dedication of cairn commemorating BCATP, CFB Moose Jaw "Fly Past", meeting agendas, etc.

Folder #25, Harv Wiebe: Canada Remembers newsletter, Issue #1 March 1995; annotated itinerary for the May 6 - 8 events; notes, correspondence, documents pertaining to the May 6 - 8 Canada Remembers event, bank statement for November 30 1995

Volume #1: blue Credit Union cheque book for Canada Remembers, with cheque stubs from March 27 to June 27 1995, and June 27 to 1995 to February 11 1997

Volume #2: Canada Remembers receipt book, May to December 1995

Volume #3: account book, used to keep track of Canada Remembers income and expenses, 1994 - 1995

Discrete items:
#1: letter from the City of SC re: returning Canada Remembers committee files and documents and closing down the bank account, March 5 1997

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Use, reproduction, and/or publication of records are subject to the Copyright Act and the Terms and Conditions of the Swift Current Museum. Please consult the Swift Current Museum for further information.

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