Indigenous and Northern Photos Project


The Everett Baker and Adrian Paton photo collections contain almost 400 images that relate to Saskatchewan Indigenous peoples culture, ceremony, and communities. The photos date from the late 1880s through to the early 1970s and include studio portraits, photographs of pow wows, rodeos, parades, and snapshots of everyday life. There are also numerous Everett Baker photos that relate to Northern Saskatchewan in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

This work aims to visually repatriate photos from these two collections to their source communities. The goal is to raise awareness and ensure easy access to the photos in support of reclaiming community and family history.

This project is part of the SHFS' response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Are there photos from your community at the SHFS? Click on the map below! For more info, contact Kristin Enns-Kavanagh at 306-361-2296 or 1-800-919-9347.

About the map: A "living" map showing Indigenous and Northern photos found in SHFS collections. Everett Baker took photos across SK in the 40s, 50s, & 60s. Adrian Paton collected photos from the Arcola region (1870s to 1950s). Locations are not exact (or may be wrong in some cases), personal names may be missing, wrong or misspelled, captions may contain language relating to Indigenous peoples that is now known to be inaccurate and inappropriate, and there is info on photos of ceremonies (but not the photos themselves). Any thoughts or suggestions are more than welcome!

View our Phase I Report which includes an environmental scan on Indigenous visual repatriation projects.