Fonds edm-1492 - Joy and Campbell Finlay fonds

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Joy and Campbell Finlay fonds

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CA EDM edm-1492

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  • 1962-1999 (Creation)
    Joy and Campbell Finlay

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15m of textual records. -- 2 videocassettes.

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Joy and Cam Finlay were instrumental in the formation of various conservation and environmental organizations in Alberta. They are involved in the work of the Alberta Naturalists Federation, the Alberta Wildlife Conservation Centennial Association, and the annual Christmas Wild Bird Count. Joy Finlay served as a teaching consultant specializing in natural history and was a strong volunteer in the ecological and conservationist organizations in the province. Cam Finlay, a biologist, worked for the Edmonton Department of Parks and Recreation for many years. He has also been interested in land use issues and has served on the Strathcona Acreage Owners Association, and the Alberta Rate Payers Association. The Alberta Wildlife '87 Centennial Association was established to coordinate the activities around the centennial of the establishment of the first wildlife sanctuary in Canada in 1887. The association spearheaded a campaign to encourage participation in conservation, especially of reserves for wildlife habitat. Joy Finlay was Alberta's representative and chaired the Wildlife '87 National Committee. The Finlays were also involved with S.T.O.P. (Save Tomorrow Oppose Pollition); and the Epson North User's Group.

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This fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, newsletters and reports of the Federation of Alberta Naturalists, and the Edmonton Natural History Club, the Alberta Wildlife Conservation Centennial Association, and the Wildlife '87 National Committee created between 1962-1988. The fonds includes correspondence, videocassettes, publications, press releases and newsletters of naturalists and conservation groups filed by region or association. There are clippings and materials from the Parks and Recreation Department concerning natural history curriculum in schools, and for the public. Materials relating to the Alberta Teachers Association, the Council of Alberta Rate Payers Association, the Strathcona Acreage Owners Association and other conservation and natural heritage groups are included in this fonds. There is also material relating to the annual wild bird counts in Edmonton between 1986 and 1988. This fonds also has material relating to the Finlay's column about wildlife and the environment in the Edmonton area in the Edmonton Journal between 1986 and 1995. This material includes correspondence to the Finlays and clippings of their column. MS 394.2: This Fonds consists primarily of records related to the Alberta Wild Lands Trust and its efforts to create a conservation area/nature sanctuary at Coyote Lake. This fonds also includes Joy Finlay's Master of Education thesis from 1978, J.C. Finlay's reports on Conferences and tours from Oct/Nov 1971, and a folio of artwork by St. Cyr of Fort Edmonton called "Discovery 1846.";MS 394.3: This fonds consists of informational files dealing with wildlife issues, heritage preservation and parkland development in the Edmonton area. This includes material on Elk Island National Park, Capital City Recreation Park, Nature Trails, Fort Edmonton Park, John Janzen Nature Centre, John Walter Museum, Gold Bar and Mill Creek ravines, walking tours of Groat Estate, Westmount and Inglewood neighbourhoods, the Famous Five, the Provincial Museum of Alberta, the Saskatchewan River, Edmonton area nature trails, Blackfoot recreation Area, and Beaver Hill lake. MS 394.4: This large fonds--7 m of textual records--consists of material related to the natural history and environment of the Edmonton area, environmental educational programme material for the Edmonton Public School board and adult education initiatives, and various publications on natural history and environmental education. This fonds primarily consists of material generated by Joy Finlay during her career as an outdoor and environmental educator and natural history interpreter and public programme developer. This fonds also consists of material gathered by Joy Finlay during the preparation of her book Winter: Here and Now, and by Joy and Cam Finlay for their contribution to the Nature Guide to Alberta.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Joy and Cam Finlay, with some material by Ebel Rainer of the Alberta Wildlife Centennial Association between 1988 and 1999.


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Record No. MS-394<br><br>

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