Fonds F 400 - Robert Glen Doucette fonds

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Robert Glen Doucette fonds

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F 400

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  • 1868-2004, predominant 1972-2004 (Creation)
    Doucette, Robert Glen, 1962-

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28.42 m of textual records
12 photographs
1 computer disk
2 videocassettes
2 objects

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Robert Glen Doucette was born on February 29, 1962 in Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan. He spent his first four years in Duck Lake, and was then raised by foster parents, Marcien and Rita Doucette. He received his primary and secondary education in Prince Albert. Doucette attended the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Brandon from 1984 to 1989, majoring in Political Science and Native Studies.

Doucette has held a variety of positions during his professional career as follows: clerk for Finance Accounting Operations, Employment and Immigration Canada, Financial Services (April 1989 to January 1990); Saskatchewan regional coordinator of the Native Internship Program operated by Canada Employment and Immigration (1990); provincial coordinator of the Saskatchewan 500 Years Coalition (November 1991 to May 1992); researcher for the MNS Western Region II and IIA and the Métis Labor Force Corporation (May 1992 to April 1993); and executive director of Métis Employment & Training Inc. (Métis Inc.) (April 1993 to March 1994).

Doucette has been elected to various paid positions in the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS) including: Saskatoon Métis Local #126 president (1993-1995); area director, Western Region 2A (February 19, 1995 to January 22, 1998); secretary - Provincial Métis Council (February 22, 1998 to January 17, 2001); and vice-president - Provincial Métis Council (February 18, 2001 to April 9, 2001). While in these positions, he also served as an affiliate board member for the following institutions: Gabriel Dumont Institute; Métis Sport, Culture, Youth and Recreation; Métis Employment and Training (METIS Inc.); Back to Batoche Committee; and the Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc. (MACSI).

From April 2001 to 2004, Doucette was employed by Métis Employment and Training of Saskatchewan Inc. (METSI) as a labour market analyst and manager.

In 2004, Doucette was initially declared the new president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan in a May 26 province wide election. After counting a missing ballot box, the election commission named Dwayne Roth president, a decision that Doucette appealed. A provincial government commission found the election had “serious problems”. Despite these findings, the provincial government lacked the authority to order a new election; however, it did cut off provincial funding to Métis organizations operated by the MNS.

Besides his considerable elected and professional experience, Doucette has devoted many years of volunteer service to Métis and Aboriginal organizations in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including: the Prince Albert Friendship Centre as a Native Youth Group counsellor (1984); the Indigenous Student Council (ISC) External & Internal Policy Board, University of Saskatchewan (1985-1986); University of Saskatchewan Student Council, External Board (1985-1986); Brandon University Native Organization (BUNO): External and Internal Policy Board (1989); Brandon Friendship Centre member (1989); MSS Local 33, Regina member (1990-1991); MSS Local 126, Saskatoon chairperson (1991-1993); Labour Force Development Strategy (LFDS) board member (1992); MNS Western Region II & IIA Métis Pathways board member (1992); Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centre member (1992-1993); Riversdale Community Association (Saskatoon) executive member (1992); and Dumont Technical Institute board member (1993). He is also an avid collector of documents relating to Métis and aboriginal history in Saskatchewan and Canada.

Robert Doucette was elected president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan in 2007. He was re-elected to a second term as president on September 8, 2012 and currently (2014) continues to serve in that position.

Doucette and his partner, Betty Garr, live and work in Saskatoon. He has four children: Kyra, Brady, Breanna, and Julia.

Custodial history

Robert Doucette donated these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives in 5 accessions in 2003 and 2004: S2003-2 (January 21, 2003); S2003-13 (March 3, 2003); S2003-27 (May 14, 2003); S2003-31 (May 30, 2003); S2004-52 (October 21, 2004).

The Julie Pitzel section of the fonds includes records created and gathered by Julie Pitzel, which she subsequently donated to Robert Doucette. The Donna Heimbecker section of the fonds includes records created and gathered by Donna Heimbecker, which she subsequently donated to Robert Doucette. These materials were acquired along with the rest of the Doucette fonds within 4 accessions in 2003: S2003-2; S2003-13; S2003-27; S2003-31.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated, and used by Robert Glen Doucette of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The fonds consists mainly of records created or received by Doucette while working at various jobs, in various political positions, or for various volunteer organizations. His fonds includes material given to him by other individuals who share his belief in the need to preserve the history of Saskatchewan's Métis people.

Although the fonds has not been organized into series, there are a number of key themes: Political History of the Métis/Aboriginal People of Saskatchewan and Canada from the 1800's to present day; Social/Cultural History of the Métis Aboriginal People of Saskatchewan and Canada from the 1800's to present day; Métis Employment and Education Conditions; Métis Economic Development and Diversification; Social Welfare and Social Justice; Government Relations with the Métis; and Robert Doucette's Personal History.

The Julie Pitzel section of the fonds includes records created and gathered by Julie Pitzel, which she subsequently donated to Robert Doucette. The Pitzel section of the fonds includes records relating to her education in the SUNTEP program and to her work as a Métis educator, and include teaching materials with aboriginal content and records relating to teaching Cree. Her records also contain information relating to: rural and aboriginal education; to aboriginal issues in Prince Albert; to aboriginal women's organizations; to the Gabriel Dumont Institute; to aboriginal rights issues; to aboriginal philosophies, beliefs, and traditions; to Métis history; and to Métis self government.

The Donna Heimbecker section of the fonds includes records created and gathered by Donna Heimbecker, which she subsequently donated to Robert Doucette. Heimbecker's section of the fonds includes petitions and letters of support relating to the Métis Coalition of Concerned Citizens. It contains records relating to Métis women, including those records gathered while she was an MWS representative for her region. Her records document aspects of her work as provincial coordinator for METSI.

The most recent accrual in 2004 include records created and accumulated by Robert Doucette from 1980 to 2004 and relate primarily to his election campaign for president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan in 2004; Métis issues and organizations; and First Nations, Inuit; and northern issues.

The types of records in this fonds include: minutes; correspondence; reports; briefs; memos; meeting and conference packages; delegate kits; election campaign material; voters lists; affidavits; published material; clippings; research materials; pamphlets; personal notebooks and diaries; interview summaries; audio tapes; photographs; video tapes; transparencies; and objects.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Original order maintained by archivist.

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Some of these records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated January 21, 2002. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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SAFA 108 consists of a fonds level description and file level listings. The file listings are available electronically and in hard copy.

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Former Codes: S-A 1035; S-A 1070.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Saskatoon office.

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Location for retrieval: Saskatoon - Murray.

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