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Subjects term Scope note Results
Exploration, discovery and travel

Use for: Expeditions, Travels, Explorers, Adventurers, Prospectors, Cartography, Exploration, Guides

  • The subject term Exploration, discovery and travel should be used with descriptions that relate to expeditions, exploration, adventure, prospecting, guides, outfitters, expedition planning, reports and accounts, personal travels for discovery, early contact with First Nations, education and scientific research.
Labour 118
Science and technology 18
Arts and culture

Use for: Visual arts, Performing arts, Music, Literature, Musicians, Visual artists, Dancers, Photographers, Writers, Architects, Professional organizations, Cultural institutions (museums, archives, theatres, art schools, etc.)

  • The subject term Arts and culture should be used with any descriptions related to visual arts, performing arts, literature, artists, (musicians, actors, visual artists, dancers, writers, architects photographers, etc.), artistic and cultural institutions suchs as foundations, museums, art schools, heritages sites, libraries and archives, art or culture related business or organizations such as book stores, cultural events such as fairs, parades, lecures, festivals, presentations any research or projects rate to arts or culture and professional art and cultural organizations.

Use for: Farming, Ranching, Agribusiness, Horticulture, Gardening, Agricultural fairs, Farmers' markets, Irrigation, Agricultural organizations

  • The subject term agriculture should be used with descriptions that relate to agriculture and agricultural related activities. These include but are not limited to irrigation, agricultural fairs, farmer's markets, Irrigation districts, agribusiness (processing, marketing, and shipping), agricultural lobby and professional groups, farming and ranching, horticulture, and gardening.
Community life

Use for: Community activities, Community support, Community spirit, Community events, Charitable organizations, Fraternal organizations

  • The subject term Community life should be used with descriptions that relate to community events or organizations, promotions of communities, groups working for the development and/or maintenance of evens, services and facilities for community, community spirit and community promotion, fraternal organization, and community activities and events. Communities can exist in towns, municipalities, villages, or neighbourhoods and can be culturally. religiously, camp, or school based.
Law and justice

Use for: RCMP, Police force, Judges, Lawyers, Courts, Prisons, Litigation, Arbitration, Settlements, Criminals, Justice of the Peace, Sheriffs

  • The subject term Law and justice should be used with descriptions that relate to structure and activities of law and justice in the province, law enforcement, administrative and support organizations, community service programs, legislation, professional organization and law and justice professionals.
Land, settlement and immigration

Use for: Settlement, Immigration, Surveys (land), Land petitions, Land grants

  • The subject term Land, settlement and immigratoin should be used with descriptions that relate to settling, claiming and moving to a new land, land titles, distribution and grants, community and regional settlement partners, land settlement companies, land surveys and surveyors, real estate companies and activities and organizations involved in sponsoring and supporting immigrants.
Business and commerce

Use for: Companies, Corporations, Businesses, Commerce, Banks, Mercantile activity, Retail businesses, Restaurants

  • The subject term business and commerce should be used with descriptions that relate to commercial and mercantile activity involving the exchange of the commodities, services of financial resources, retail business, services business, banking, individual business owners and operators, business related association and chambers of commerce.
  • DO NOT USE for not-for-profit enterprises
First Nations

Use for: Aboriginal, Band councils, Treaties, Abenaki, Iroquois, Aboriginal Peoples, Indigenous peoples, Indians, Métis, Inuit

  • The subject term First nations should be used with descriptions that relate to individuals and communities of first nations ancestry; records pertaining to and/or created by First nations individual, families, bands or agencies, government agencies and treaties, First nations organizations, business, schools, education and issues relating to First nations peoples or history.
Transportation and utilities 553
Cultural groups

Use for: Ethnic groups

  • The subject term cultural group should be used with descriptions that relate to individual or groups working towards the preservation of a particular cultural groups or culture community, activities or events promoting the life and values of cultural group(s), movements, initiative, legislation that promotes the existence and participation of diverse ethnic, racial, religious or social groups within larger communities.
Environment 36
Children and youth 472
Organizations 188
Sports, recreation and leisure 473
Religion 779
Family and personal life 582
Women 496

Use for: Floods, Fires, Storms, Railway accidents, Car accidents, Epidemics


Use for: Students, Teachers, Professors, Schools, High schools, Elementary schools, Colleges, Universities, Kindergarten, School boards

Health and social services

Use for: Illness, Doctors, Surgeons, Dentists, Nurses, Hospitals, Clinics, Paramedics, Fire and emergency services, Pharmacists, Senior care, Counselors, Social workers, Social services, Therapists


Use for: Journalism, Broadcasters, Documentaries, Commercial photographers, Symbols, Logos, Newspapers, Radio, Television, Cable, Internet, Advertising, Printing, Publishing, Postal service, Post offices, Postal employees

  • The subject term Communications should be used with descriptions that relate to communication professionals and activities including, but not limited to, journalists, broadcasters, documentary film makers, commercial photographers, newspapers magazines, newsletters, radio , television, telephone, cable, documentary film, internet, advertising, printing, publishing, journalism, symbols, logos, flags and communication based professional organizations.
Natural Resources

Use for: Forests, Mining, Water, Minerals, Oil, Gas, Hydroelectric energy, Solar energy, Thermal energy, Soil, Dams


Use for: Factories


Use for: Politicians, Campaigns, Political parties, Political theory, Political science


Use for: Municipal government, Provincial government, Federal government, Government buildings

Geographic features

Use for: Rivers, Mountains, Landscapes, Lakes

Military (9) 185
Post-1945 (military)
  • Term to be used for military units, personnel, and events from the period following 1945.
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