Fonds - Walt Taylor fonds

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Walt Taylor fonds

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The records of Walt Taylor were transferred directly from his family home in Smithers, B.C. to the Northern B.C. Archives & Special Collections at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, B.C. in two separate donations. The first donation of was received on August 15, 2000 with the second donation following a year later on August 11, 2001.

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This fonds illustrates Walt Taylor’s activities as a social activist in the Okanagan region of B.C. in the 1970s, and his involvement with political-environmental activist movements in the Bulkley Valley-Telkwa-Smithers area c.1980s-1990s. The Taylor fonds includes records of the Skeena Round Table for a Sustainable Society, the Northwest Study Conference Society and his Waging Peace Society as well as, background research compiled for Taylor’s publication Waging Peace for a Living: An Action Plan for survival of life on earth,(Victoria: Trafford Publishing, 1999). The Taylor fonds also contains records of significance relating to proposed economic developments, such as open-pit mining, fishing and forestry policies and nuclear power; and documents pertaining to political-environmental actions conducted by Northern BC stakeholders such as First Nations (Gitskan and Wet’su’wet’en) and NGO’s such as the Telkwa Educational Action Committee of Householders. Types of records comprising this fonds include correspondence to/from activist organizations; circulars to society members; background papers on social activist issues; background reports on BC First Nations environmental and land claims issues, background studies on environmental & economic impacts of industrial developments proposed for Northern BC, newspaper clippings, and various publications.

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