Dorothy Betz:

An Inventory of Her Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Samantha Booth
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3T 2N2

Finding aid encoded by Samantha Booth and Andrea Martin (September-November 2015)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipegManitobaCanadaR3T 2N2

Creator:
Dorothy Betz

Title:
Dorothy Betz fonds

Dates:
1959-2010

Quantity:
0.75m of textual records

Identification:
MSS 473 (A2015-079)

English ; French

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Biography of Dorothy Betz

Dorothy Betz, an Anishinabe woman, was born Dorothy Nepinak on 26 June 1929 at the Pine Creek Reserve in Manitoba to Charles and Bernadette Nepinak. Losing her parents at an early age, she attended the Pine Creek Residential School for 15 years, until she was 18. In 1948, she came to Winnipeg and met Elmer Betz, whom she married in 1950, and had six children with him, including Linda Keeper. He worked as a maintenance man for Kinew Housing, and was also involved with the Indian and Métis Tenants Association.

Betz spent her career and later life in service to Winnipeg’s Aboriginal community. She established the Native Court Communicators Program with the Province of Manitoba and worked there for several years, later being appointed to the National Parole Board. She was involved in a number of other legal and justice-oriented organizations and initiatives, including the Manitoba Society of Criminology, Native Clan Organization, Juvenile Review Board, Juvenile Corrections Child Welfare Government Board, Manitoba Association of Rights & Liberties, John Howard Society, the Aboriginal Advisory Committees of the Winnipeg Police Services and the RCMP, and Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice Services (formerly Aboriginal Legal Services). In 1975, she was also part of the Canadian delegation to the Fifth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Geneva, Switzerland, where she spoke about the difficulties Aboriginal people faced in the Canadian justice system.

Betz was also one of the founders of the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg in 1959, the first IMFC in Canada, and of Kekinan Centre, an Aboriginal senior residence, in 1990. Outside of the criminology field, she was employed by, a board member of, or volunteered at a variety of other Aboriginal organizations, including Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Native Women’s Transition Centre, Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg, Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development (formerly Native Employment Services), Native Alcoholism Council, Northwest Child and Family Services Agency, North Main Street Project, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, Circle of Life Thunderbird House, and the Indigenous Women’s Collective of Manitoba. She was the recipient of several awards recognizing her contributions to improving the lives of Aboriginal people, including a Manitoba Good Citizen Award (1977), the Joe Zuken Citizen Activist Award (1989), a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for community development (1999), and a Keeping the Fires Burning award (2004), and was named to the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1989) and the IMFC Aboriginal Wall of Fame (1999). She died in Winnipeg on 9 September 2007.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This fonds was divided into five series. The first series, personal records & involvement, includes CV and professional documents, invitations & other personal correspondence, and interviews with D. Betz and M. Richard, as well as collected newspaper clippings, programs and posters about friends and more broadly concerning Aboriginal achievement & issues. The second series (by far the largest), organizations and initiatives, was subdivided by topic into 3 subseries: a) law & justice, b) health & welfare, and c) community development & employment, which contain employment, board, and committee member documents, including minutes and agendas, reports, newsletters and newspaper clippings, proposals, and promotional material. The third series, resources & publications, was subdivided into a) correctional services & law, and b) other resources, which include reports and publications from government and other organizations. The fourth series (and smallest), miscellaneous, contains otherwise uncategorizable documents with no identifying features, including a speech from 1960. The fifth series, Elmer Betz, contains folders that contained correspondence, board materials and other documents addressed to or involving the donor's husband.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in five series: 1) Personal Records & Involvements; 2) Organizations & Initiatives; 3) Resources & Publications; 4) Miscellaneous; and 5) Elmer Betz. Papers that were organized by the creator were kept together where possible. Those papers with less clear organization were removed from their seemingly random order and filed appropriately. Some larger files maintained by the creator were subdivided into smaller files.

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Restrictions on Access

There may be some restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Related Materials

This fonds is one of a number of collections pertaining to urban Aboriginal community development in the city of Winnipeg. It is closely related to, but not one of, a series of collections transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections through the community-academic partnership and research project entitled "Preserving the History of Aboriginal Institutional Development in Winnipeg", which was sponsored by the Manitoba Research Alliance (MRA) between 2008 and 2013, and funded by CURA and SSHRC Partnership Grants.

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Custodial History

This collection was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections by the creator’s daughter, Linda Keeper, in 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Personal & Biographical records [ [1971]-2010 ]
BoxFolder
11 CV, awards, correspondence [197-?]-1999
2 Collected programs, posters, newspaper clippings [1971]-2010
3 Collected programs, posters, newspaper clippings 1986-2000
4 Interviews with D. Betz & M. Richard [1998?], 2009
5 50th Wedding Anniversary 2000

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2. Organizations & initiatives 1981-2004

This series has been subdivided by topic into sub-series: a) law & justice, b) health & welfare, and c) community development & employment. Contains board and committee materials, reports, promotional material, commemorative publications, and correspondence.

Law & Justice 1989-2001
BoxFolder
16 Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice Services of Winnipeg [AGJSW] – Elders Gathering and Community Consultation Forum 1998

(formerly Aboriginal Legal Services)

7 Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice Services of Winnipeg – Newsletters and reports, correspondence to D. Betz 1998-1999
8 Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice Services of Winnipeg – In Search of Elders Survey 2001
9 Ikwewak Justice Society – administrative documents 1989
10 John Howard Society – board materials 1999
11 LEAF invitation to Consultation on Residential Schools Litigation to Kathy Mallett 2001
12 Manitoba Government – Special Advisor on Native Programs: Adult Corrections – correspondence 1985
13 Portage La Prairie Family Group Conferencing Program 1996
14 RCMP – Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee [CO’s AAC] – committee materials 1991, 1996-1997
15 RCMP – Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee – committee materials 1995-2000

(including AHWC & ACW notices (1996); CMHC Research & Development Highlights (1995-1996))

(including Commissioner’s National AAC materials (1996))

16 RCMP – Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee – March 1999 meeting materials 1998-1999
BoxFolder
21 RCMP – Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee – May 2001 meeting materials (at Waywayseecappo First Nation) 2000-2001
2 RCMP – Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee – committee materials 2001
3 Winnipeg Police Services Aboriginal Advisory Committee [WPS AAC] – committee materials 1996-1998
4 Winnipeg Police Services Aboriginal Advisory Committee – committee materials 1998-2000
5 Winnipeg Police Services Aboriginal Advisory Committee – committee materials 2001
Health & Welfare 1988-2001
BoxFolder
26 Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre [AHWC] – policies and procedures [1998?]
7 Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre – board materials 1994, 1997

including Vancouver Native Health Society 1997 annual report

8 Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre – board materials 1998
9 Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre – board materials 1998-2000
BoxFolder
31 Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre – board materials 2001
2 Kekinan Centre – board materials 1989-1992

including “Elder Abuse in Manitoba” discussion paper (Seniors Directorate, Manitoba Government) 1989

3 Kekinan Centre – board materials 1992-1993, 1996
4 Kekinan - Board of Directors & Tenants' Association materials 1999
5 Kekinan – Annual General Meeting materials 1999
6 Kekinan – Board of Directors and Tenants’ Association materials 2000-2001
7 Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – Personality Evaluation Program proposal [nd]; Personnel Policy Manual 1988
8 Northwest Child and Family Services Agency – contract for D. Betz & personal notebook re: meetings; moving notice 1985
9 Youth treatment centres – feasibility study; proposals for Re-Cope, Weechi-It-Te-Win 1988-1989
10 Aboriginal Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Initiative 1999-2000
Community Development & Employment 1981-2004
BoxFolder
311 Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg [ACW] – 1998 AGM materials 1997-1998

including "First Nations Persons with Disabilities - Dismantling the Roadblocks” report 1997

12 Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg – Aboriginal Governance in Urban Settings conference materials 1998
13 Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg – 1999 & 2000 Annual General Meeting materials 1999-2000
14 “Broken Circles: Working to dismantle racism: a Canadian faith based initiative” workshop manual 2002
BoxFolder
41 Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development [CAHRD] (formerly Native Employment Services) – board materials 1985, 2000-2001
2 Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development – employment & sexual harassment policies 2000-2001
3 Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development – board materials 2001-2002

including Anishnaabe Oway-Ishi materials

4 Indian and Métis Friendship Centre – commemorative publications 1983, 1998
5 Indigenous Women’s Collective of Manitoba – 5th Annual Assembly package 1989
6 Manitoba Government – Workshop for the Development of an Indian and Métis Urban Strategy for Manitoba 1989

speaking notes for G. Filmon and J. Downey

7 National Aboriginal Youth Conference – conference & facilitator information 1993
8 Neeginan/Circle of Life Thunderbird House materials 2000-2004
9 Rossbrook House – commemorative book 1981
10 Social Planning Council of Winnipeg [SPCW] – Newsletter, annual report & 80th anniversary materials 1991, 1999
11 Social Planning Council of Winnipeg – “Aboriginal Persons with a Disability – Training and Employment Challenges” 1996

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3. Resources & publications 1959-2002

This series has been subdivided into two subseries: Resources & Publications Pertaining to Law, Justice, and Correctional Services, and, Other Resources & Publications. Includes many government reports.

Correctional services & Law 1973-1996
BoxFolder
412 Canadian Association for the Prevention of Crime – “Directory of Correctional Services in Canada” 1977
13 Government of Canada [GC] – “Annual Report of the Correctional Investigator, 1973-1974” 1974
14 Government of Canada – “Diversion from the Juvenile Justice System and its Impact on Children: a review of the literature” by Shannon Moyer 1980
15 Government of Canada – “The Young Offenders Act” 1981
BoxFolder
51 Government of Canada – “The Criminal Law in Canadian Society” + Highlights 1982
2 Government of Canada – Law Reform Commission of Canada – Working Papers 2-3, 5-7 1974-1975
3 Government of Canada – National Parole Board – “Frank Burton’s Diary 1916: Treaty trip to ten Indian reserves, Manitoba, Canada” sent 1982
4 Government of Canada – Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs – “Parole in Canada” 1974
5 Government of Canada – Task Force on the Role of the Private Sector in Criminal Justice - “Community Involvement in Criminal Justice” 1977
6 Manitoba Government – Report of the Independent Review of the April 25-26, 1996, Riot at the Headingley Correctional Institution 1996
7 Manitoba Police Commission publications [1975?], 1978
8 “Natives on Parole: an inquiry into the needs and services in Saskatoon” 1980
9 Stony Mountain newsletters 1981, 1992
10 University of Saskatchewan – Canadian Native Law Reporter 1 1980
Other resources & publications 1959, 1967, 1971-2002
BoxFolder
511 Resources - Aboriginal Communication Documents
12 Aboriginal newspapers 1989, 1998
13 Calgary Family & Community Support Services – “Aboriginal Leadership – a preliminary discussion” 2002
14 Canada-Manitoba-Indian Child Welfare Agreement 1982
15 Government of Canada – Children’s Bureau, Canada Health – report re: Head Start Program Training Conference 1994
16 Government of Canada – Health and Welfare Canada – Community Health Programs newsletter 1989
17 Government of Canada – Indian Affairs & Northern Development (IAND) – “Indians on Skid Row” (N.S.R.G 70-2) by Hugh Brody 1971
BoxFolder
61 Government of Canada – IAND – “First Nations Community Profiles 1997-1998: Manitoba Region” 1997
2 Manitoba Government – highlights of 32nd legislature + biographies 1985, 1988
3 Manitoba Government – Agriculture and Immigration – “The People of Indian Ancestry in Manitoba: a social and economic study” Volumes II & III 1959
4 Manitoba Government – Northern Affairs – “Manitoba Aboriginal Role Model Profile” [1998]

partnership with GC & Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Career Awareness Committee

5 Manitoba Government – Sustainability – “Applying Manitoba’s Policies for Aboriginal People Living in Winnipeg” 1999

including application form for Sustainable Development Innovations Fund; Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business: moving notice + newsletter

6 Office of the Treaty Commissioner (SK) – “Statement of Treaty Issues: treaties as a bridge to the future” 1998
7 University of Manitoba – Kenora lectures – “Resolving Conflicts – a cross-cultural approach” 1967
8 University of Manitoba (for Health & Welfare) – “The Health Care Professional in a Native Community: a cross-cultural study guide” by D. Sealy & N. McDonald [198-?]

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4. Ephemeral Documents [1960]-1992
BoxFolder
69 Assorted unlabeled documents.

Includes Manitoba Association for Native Languages [MANL] Newsletter #21 (1992)

10 Unidentified speech/presentation (incomplete) [1960]

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5. Elmer Betz 1970-1974
BoxFolder
611 Indian and Métis Tenants Association [IMTA] - board materials 1972-1974

overlapping materials from Kinew Housing folder (Box 7 Folder 4) relating to IMTA moved to this folder

12 Kinew Housing - board materials 1973-1974
13 Kinew Housing - board materials 1970-1973

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