Fonds MG 240 - R.M. Bone fonds

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R.M. Bone fonds

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MG 240

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  • 1930-1988, predominant 1969-1976 (Creation)

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5.4 m of textual records

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Robert Martin Bone was born on 20 June 1933. His first degree was a B.A (1955) in Geography from the University of British Columbia. He earned a M.A. from the University of Washington (1957) and a Ph.D from the University of Nebraska (1962). Employed as Geographer with the Geographical Branch of the Government of Canada from 1957 to 1963, Dr. Bone joined the faculty of the U of S Department of Geography in 1963. He remained in Geography until 1970 when he became Professor and Director of the Institute of Northern Studies. With the closure of the INS in 1982, Dr. Bone returned to the Department of Geography. In 2000 he became the Acting Head of the Department of Native Studies. Among Dr. Bone's areas of expertise are the Canadian sub-arctic and arctic and the Soviet Union.

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This fonds consists primarily of material from two studies in which Dr. Bone was associated. The earliest, the "Stoney Rapids Project", was conducted while Bone was in the Department of Geography. It started with a small grant from the Canadian Wildlife Service to examine the caribou hunt; ie. the number of people involved and the number of animals taken. The project, however, grew to encompass a wider study of the region and its inhabitants. The second study was undertaken while Bone was with the Institute of Nothern Studies. The Northern Saskatchewan Housing Needs Survey was a co-operative effort between the Department of Northern Saskatchewan and the Northen Municipal Council. The primary focus was to investigate the housing needs of the Metis in northern Saskatchewan. The INS was subcontracted to oversee the project, train the surveyors, enter the data and write the final report. The resulting survey was more than an examination of housing needs. It also contains a great deal of socio-economic data which resulted in one of the most exhaustive studies of its kind. The fact that the surveyors came from the communities studied explains much of the data collection success. Both of these projects offer a unique snapshot of the communities studied. There is also material of a more general nature that deals with northern Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

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The restricted files in this fonds contain personal information which is restricted under terms similar to those found in the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Saskatchewan.

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