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College and Universities Retiree Association of Canada (CURAC)

Sub-series consists of material documenting Prof. Russell’s involvement with the College and Universities Retiree Association of Canada (CURAC). His activity with the organization began at its founding as he participated in initial 2002 meeting of the CURAC Steering Committee and helped draft the organization’s constitution. Prof. Russell would later become its Founding President (beginning in 2003 for a 2-year term) and continued serving on various committees, including the Professional Support Committee into the next decade.

Material documents executive and committee activities predominantly covering the period between 2003 and 2008. Files include Board of Director minutes, documentation of incorporation, planning for annual conferences and general meetings, membership surveys, publicity material and correspondence.

Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto (RALUT)

Sub-series consists of records documenting Prof. Russell’s participation in the Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto (RALUT). At its founding, the organization focused on issues surrounding pensions at the UofT and the continued academic activity of faculty members following retirement. Prof. Russell served as the organization’s Founding President. Material covers activities of the Executive Committee, Benefits Committee, Pension Committee, and the Joint Working Group on Retirement Issues, in addition to an address given by Peter Russell at the organization’s 2006 annual general meeting.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

In 1992, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, co-chaired by Judge René Dussault and Georges Erasmus, was established by the federal government. Prof. Russell was hired as Chair of the Research Advisory Committee and served from 1992-1995. According to the terms of reference, this Committee was to “devise and recommend a set of ethical principles to guide the conduct of research authorized” by the Royal Commission, “to provide advice on the overall design and methodological approaches of research”, and “to oversee discipline-based peer review in Political Science, Law, Economics, Anthropology/Sociology, Geography and History in addition to …peer review of Applied Studies and studies on the North”. Prof. Russell’s role is documented in correspondence, notes, newsletters, reports and manuscripts of studies. Among the studies included are “Aboriginal peoples and constitutional reform” written by Prof. Russell and Roger Jones, “Canadian governments and aboriginal peoples” governance papers for British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dene Nation Southern Support Group

In 1974, Prof. Russell was appointed Chairman of the Dene Nation Southern Support Group. This informal body led by both Russell and Prof. Don Simpson (University of Western Ontario), was established in September 1974 by the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories and Metis Association. Their task was to secure support and understanding for the Land Settlement in southern Canada. To accomplish this goal, volunteers were attracted and the group produced an information booklet and coordinated fundraising activities in major cities across Canada. In 1975, a Support Group office was set up in Ottawa and closed two years later (October 1977) following the resolution of a number of Dene Nation concerns. These included the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline and the recognition that the Dene Nation’s political struggle for self-determination had become the primary goal. As a result, Prof. Russell and Prof. Simpson assumed an advisory role. Records include correspondence, notes, copies of newsletters, and copies of Land Claims documents.

The Ipperwash Inquiry

In November 2003, the Ipperwash Inquiry was established by the Government of Ontario to investigate and report on the factors surrounding the death of Dudley George. Mr. George was shot and killed during a protest at the Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995. The Commission responsible for the Inquiry submitted its final report in 2007. Prof. Russell served as a member of the Inquiry’s Research Advisory Committee whose work assisted with Part II of the Inquiry: Policy and Research. Material in this sub-series covers background research, correspondence and documentation of the activities of the Committee, as well as draft typescripts of individual chapters from the final report. Series also includes letters written in response to statements made by then OPP Commissioner, Julian Fantino, following the National Day of Action, 2007.

Nepal

In 2007 Prof. Russell was invited by the Canadian Bar Association to participate in a “mission” called Developing Democracy in Nepal. During this trip Prof. Russell represented the CBA and the Nepal Bar Association at the United Nations Development Programme Constitutional Advisory Services Unit Conference on Courts and Justice, and was asked to speak on his experience with aboriginal issues, judicial independence and responsibility, and the judicial system in Canada. Then, Prof. Russell was invited to return to Nepal in June of 2009 along with Prof. John Whyte (University of Saskatchewan) as part of a Canadian Rapid Response Team, and to meet with the Constituent Assembly of Nepal in regards to constitutional reform. Materials from this sub-series include correspondence with Yash Ghai, Sheri Meyerhoffer, Bev Oda, and Prof. Whyte; notes and briefing materials; planning documentation; memorandum; newspaper clippings; and various reports.

Subject files and correspondence

This series contains files of correspondence, notes, reports, minutes of meetings, clippings, manuscripts, and other records relating to various activities, organizations, issues that Prof. Russell has been involved in over the past four decades. Material reflects his academic interests related to constitutional issues, legal topics, as well social justice issues. Sub-series includes correspondence, reports and notes relating to the Canadian Bar Association’s Committee for appointment of Judges, the China Democracy project, the Bilingualism & Biculturalism Commission, the Task Force to Review Comprehensive Native Land Claims, the University League for Social Reform, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee panels, electoral reform, and other issues and bodies.

Deh Cho Files

From 1999-2000 Prof. Russell served as Canada’s “envoy” to the Deh Cho Dene. Deh Cho in Athabaskan means “Big River” (i.e. the MacKenzie); Dene means “us”. The Dene are the nearly 10,000 indigenous people living in 10 villages along the MacKenzie River in the Northwest Territories. Prof. Russell’s role was to get the Deh Cho and Canada back to the table to negotiate land and self-government issues. The Deh Cho insisted that his title be “envoy” (not facilitator). The mission was considered a success – and a first in many ways for Canada. Material in this sub-series includes notebooks with notes on meetings, correspondence (with Grand Chief Michael Nadli, Chief Pat Martel, Jane Stewart, and many others) and the contents of several binders containing briefing materials supplied to Prof. Russell, as well as his own documents on issues relating to the Deh Cho as well as various other self-government issues.

Transcripts, questionnaires, and recordings

Sub-series includes transcripts, questionnaires, and recordings from the Kurdish oral history project which Professor Hassanpour designed and led as part of his historiography of the Peasant Movement in Mukriyan Kurdistan.

Administration, publication and research

Sub-series consists of background research and files related to the administration of Prof. Hassanpour’s Peasant Movement Project. Research material includes annotated copied of local newspapers, notes on topics including peasant movements in the Middle East and abroad, feudalism, the history of Kurdistan, and an analysis of the interviews. Also included within the sub-series is administrative correspondence with participants, as well as draft manuscripts and editing notes.

Miscellaneous collected research

This sub-series documents the research of individuals and organizations other than NiPERA, but whose work is similar, or of interest to NiPERA. Record types include notes, drafts, papers, reports, and correspondence.

RFPs and commissioned research

This sub-series documents requests for proposals issued by NiPERA to seek out environmental research organizations willing to carry out research projects on the hazards of nickel exposure and related dangers for NiPERA. This sub-series also includes the research itself. Record types include notes, drafts, papers, reports, and correspondence. These records are arranged chronologically.

General and administrative files

This sub-series documents NiPERA’s communications, meetings, participation in conferences, as well as general and specific administration activities. Record types include notes, drafts, papers, correspondence, minutes, reports and memoranda.

These records are arranged with general files at the front, followed by general correspondence, annual meetings, other meetings and conferences, bulletins, chairman’s reports, subject files and assorted documents at the end. Each of these sections is arranged chronologically, except for the subject files, which are arranged alphabetically.

Musical Performance and Communication Programme

This was a programme founded and directed by Prof. Schabas from 1986 to 1990 at the Faculty of Music. The programme was funded by the federal Employment Immigration Canada and Ontario Arts Council through the University of Toronto. It was "a unique programme (7 terms varying from 3 to 6 months each) to help professional musicians to develop effective musical and administrative out-reach procedures in communities."

The records in this subseries consist of administrative files relating to the programme including field trips, educational programmes, student applications and files, staff files, brochures and pamphlets, press clippings, schedules,and finances.

This sub-series also includes photographs of students, field trips and courses. In-class and public concerts as well as field trips to public schools were documented on 8 mm video tape.

Includes photographs removed to Box 001P

Negotiating freer trade: the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the trade agreements of 1938.(Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1989). Written with Norman Hillmer

Early manuscripts of this book were prepared under the title "A shaft of Baltic pine: negotiating the anglo-american-Canadian Trade agreements of 1938." Included in this subseries are an annotated paper presented to the 61st Annual meeting of the CHA (1982); manuscript version originally submitted to the Social Science Federation of Canada for subsidy (Sept. 1985); drafts of various chapters, research notes, and correspondence with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Progress without planning: the economic history of Ontario from Confederation to the Second World War (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987)

B1995-0013/013: Chapters 1 to 14: drafts and correspondence, 1981-1986
B1995-0013/014: Chapters 15 to 19; appendices, figures. Drafts and correspondence, 1980-1985
B1995-0013/015: Final drafts of manuscript with editor's marks and comments of D.G. Paterson, ca 1987. See also correspondence regarding this publication in Box /007(06-07)

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