Fonds MG 621 - Harald Finkler fonds

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Harald Finkler fonds

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MG 621

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  • 1986-2010 (inclusive) (Creation)

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1.14 m
4,940 photographs
185 reprints/enlargements
4 polaroids
4,128 negatives
3 internegs
659 slides
49 CDs

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Harald Finkler formerly headed the Circumpolar Affairs Directorate of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He was responsible for the international dimension of the Department’s northern mandate, and strengthening cooperation, bilaterally and multilaterally, with Canada’s circumpolar neighbors. Multilaterally, as Director, he oversaw the provision of policy and organizational support to the Arctic Council. Moreover, Harald also acted as Canadian chair of the Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group.
Bilaterally, he guided the Directorate’s initiatives on cooperation with the Russian Federation on the Arctic. In this regard, Harald played a pivotal role in the Directorate’s longstanding contribution to Canada-USSR/Russia arctic cooperation achieved through technical assistance initiatives in building the capacity of the Indigenous Peoples of the Russian North.
Since his retirement, he continues his polar engagement as consultant on northern and indigenous issues.

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Donated to the University Archives & Special Collections by Harald Finkler, 2017.

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This collection of images by H. W. Finkler, were taken of activities within the framework of Canada – USSR / Russia cooperation on the arctic. The subject matter follows the development of international relations, with an emphasis on the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and particularly, Indigenous peoples of the north. The collection contains images of cities, towns, and herding camps; various officials from Canada and Russia; and numerous images of local people. It is an exceptionally comprehensive glimpse into the architecture, landscape, and daily lives of people in the Russian federation, over a period of roughly 20 years.

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The original order of the material has been retained: essentially, chronological. The material came in a series of binders, which have been replaced; the original organizational identifiers have been included in square brackets at the end of each description. File titles and information were supplied by the donor. The material has been organized into the following order:
1: Canada/USSR Arctic Science Exchange Program : Contemporary Social Change (1986-1989)
2: Canada/USSR Arctic Science Exchange Program: Modernization and Adaptation Among
Indigenous Peoples in Chukotka (1991)
3: Official Visits (1993)
4: Canada/Russia Agreement on Cooperation in the Arctic and the North: Canadian Field
Research (1993)
5: Canada/Russia Agreement on Cooperation in the Arctic and the North: Canadian Mission to
Chukotka (1994)
6: Workshops, Conferences and Meetings (1995-1996)
7: Institution Building for Northern Russian Indigenous Peoples’ Project (INRIPP) (1997)
8: Minister Stewart’s (DIAND) Visit to Russia (1998)
9: Humanitarian Assistance Mission to Chukotka (1999)

  1. Minister Nault’s (DIAND) Visit to Russia (2002)
    11: Addendum : Additional Events , 1999-2010.

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There are no restrictions on access. The donor retains copyright during his lifetime. Where images were taken by others, names of the photographers (when known) have been provided; researchers are responsible for getting permission to use / copy those images. The CDs/indexes are intended to provide an overview of images, and are not the source for any subsequent quality reproduction of images.

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