Geist - - Residue -

The mu­ta­ble na­ture of fugi­tives in archives can be dis­cerned in their po­ten­tial for re­ver­sal. Trapline Records I shows a box con­tain­ing files held in the col­lec­tion of the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the pro­vin­cial govern­ment in Prince Ge­orge, BC. It con­tains cor­re­spon­dence be­tween what was then known as an In­dian Agent and the Cana­dian govern­ment ar­gu­ing that Haida trap­pers had long-es­tab­lished trap­ping rights in their ter­ri­tory, and that these ter­ri­to­ries should not be given over to set­tlers. In the story we heard from Ann ten Cate, these records had been for an un­known rea­son deemed an­ar­chival. They lay on a load­ing dock ready to be sent to the dump when an ob­ser­vant in­di­vid­ual walked by and re­trieved them, rec­og­niz­ing their im­por­tance. The trapline records re­gain value and sig­nif­i­cance in on­go­ing, un­re­solved Abo­rig­i­nal land and treaty rights in Bri­tish Columbia.

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