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Collection Événements Reesor Siding
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- Textual record
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1963, 1966, 1981, 1988, 1996, 2003 (Creation)
- Événements Reesor Sding
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The collection includes four boxes of textual records and a box of audiovisual and audio documents for a total of 0.96 m.
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In 1963, the strike of the unionized bush workers employed by the companies Spruce Falls Power and Paper in Kapuskasing and Kimberly-Clark Company in Longlac left an indelible mark on the history of the region and the country. It is the bloodiest strike in Canadian labour history. During the night of February 10-11 1963, some strikers were going to Reesor Siding (56 kilometres west of Kapuskasing) to tumble down the piles of wood that the “independent” bush workers, members of Chantier coopératif Val Rita-Harty, stacked at Reesor Siding. These strikers were trying to prevent the members of Chantier coopératif from sending their cut wood to the Spruce Falls paper mill, in Kapuskasing. When the strikers arrived at Reesor Siding, members of the Chantier coopératif opened fire; three strikers were killed and eight others were injured. This deadly conflict has divided the population and left deep scars in communities throughout the region.
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The collection includes textual, audiovisual and sound documents about the 1963 strike and the Reesor Siding shooting. Three of the series mainly contain reproductions of newspaper clippings as well as various textual documents. Documents pertaining to Paul Doucet’s play Le silence d’une tragédie can be found in one of the series. There also is a series containing the funeral cards of the three strikers who lost their lives during the shooting. The last series contains sound and audiovisual documents.
Immediate source of acquisition
Le Centre d’archives de la Grande Zone argileuse acquired the collection from several donors between 2012 and 2017. Some of the series are identified by the name of their donor.
The documents, once acquired, were organized by the archivist. A digital copy of all the documents exist in this collection. The clippings were classified by newspaper and in chronological order.
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Digital documents are available only at Le Centre d’archives.
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Copyright Act applies. Reproduction permitted depending on the condition of the documents. A detailed inventory for all the newspaper clippings for each series is also available.
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Fonds Local 2995, Lumber and Sawmills Workers Union.
Further accruals expected.
Some newspaper clippings are found in more than one series.
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- Education and learning » Libraries » Bibliothèque publique de Hearst
- Industries and professions » Forestry » Chantier coopératif de Val Rita-Harty
- Industries and professions » Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- Industries and professions » Forestry » Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company Limited
- Agriculture » Union catholique des cultivateurs
- Labour » Labour unions » Syndicat des bûcherons et des employés de scieries, local 2995
- Labour » Strikes
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