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N-1980-501 · Accession · 1861

This accession consists of one letter addressed to Sir Leopold McClintock from C. Irmingen dated 11 April 1861 discussing Irmingen's treatise on the currents and ice drifts on the coast of Ireland.

Morse, Bradford W.
N-1992-081 · Accession · 1979

Records consist of one unpublished paper "Indian Tribal Courts in the United States: A Model for Canada?" The paper is 66 pages long, and was produced for delivery at the Native Law Centre. It was written by B.W. Morse, a professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 1979.

Morse, Bradford W.
N-2004-017 · Accession · [199-?]

Records are comprised of an unpublished manuscript by Margaret Scott called "Treasures of the North". It describes the author's three years spent in the north, 1941-1944, first at Ptarmigan Mine, then Whitehorse and Prince Rupert. The section on Ptarmigan mine (approximately 26 pages) provides anecdotal account of her trip to Yellowknife, including her wedding ceremony, and the year she spent at Ptarmigan mine where her husband was an employee of Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company.

Scott, Margaret
N-1991-047 · Accession · 1942

This accession consists of two reports on agriculture in the Northwest Territories. A sixteen page report, dated November 14, 1942, from Albert Lawrence to E.S. Archibald recounts Lawrence's July to October, 1942 trip to the Northwest Territories to inspect Sub-Stations. His stops included Fort Smith, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Norman, Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Arctic Red River, Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Fort Wrigley, and Hay River. Lawrence comments on gardens in those localities, environmental conditions, and dairy farming. His report concludes with recommendations. A two page report, dated December 14, 1942, from W.D. Albright to the director of Central Experimental Farms, in Ottawa, is a review of the report by Albert Lawrence.

The description in the reports may cause offense because the creators use outdated language to describe Indigenous Peoples and peoples with mixed heritage. We have reproduced the original as is because it is a part of the original historical record. If you have feedback or questions, please contact the NWT Archives.

Canada. Department of Agriculture
Williams, S.R. collection
N-1992-216 · Accession · [19-?]

[This accession consists of one cairn document in fragile condition. Very little of the penciled text message survives. Cairn was located near Franklin Pierce Bay (now) Nunavut by C.P.O. Steve Williams of the Joint Services Expedition to Princess Marie Bay, Ellesmere Island, 1980. See Accession file for coordinates]

Canada. Privy Council
N-1992-214 · Accession · 1874, copied 1980

This accession consists of one true copy of Order in Council 1248. Copied from the Arctic Island Centennial 1874-1974.

Canada. Privy Council
N-1992-131 · Accession · [1890?]

This accession consists of a letter addressed to 'Thomas', dated July 8, regarding a book review of 'Ice-bound on Kolguev'. [Russia]

Back, Sir George 1796-1878
N-1992-126 · Accession · [ca. 1850], 1865

This accession consists of two short notes written by George Back. One contains his salutation and signature.

Ellestad-Sayed, J.
N-1992-113 · Accession · [1978?], photocopied [ca. 1979]

This accession consists of a photocopy of the Appendix to J. Ellestad-Sayed's "Nutrient Analyses of Non-Commercial Foods Eaten by Canadian Inuit and Indians." This Appendix describes the objectives, background, and design of a proposed project to determine the nutrient value of indigenous foods as prepared traditionally.

Ellestad-Sayed, J.
Steele, Tom
N-1992-109 · Accession · [ca. 1830]

This accession consists of a one page letter from 'Honest' Tom Steele to Peter FitzGerald [Enger?], regarding Sir John Franklin.

Tsaitcha, Noel
N-1989-507 · Accession · [1984]

This accession consists of stories about the Tlicho (Dogrib) chief, Edzo and is entitled "Edzo's work to make peace".

Tsaitcha, Noel
Johnson, Dave
N-1992-045 · Accession · 1976

The textual records consist of two certificates of membership in the Polar Bear Chapter, Order of Arctic Adventurers, for having flown a radio controlled model airplane across the Arctic Circle. The images depict a Commanche 250 model airplane, David Johnson, his wife Gladys and their dog Joc.

N-1993-015 · Accession · 1958-1959

This accession consists of two newsletters entitled "Norman News" which were published by the students at the Federal Day School in Fort Norman (Tulita). The newsletters (dated October 1958 and February 1959) contain school-related items and items pertaining to the community. There are lists of community events for the upcoming months, birth announcements, stories, crossword puzzles and a column titled hunting news. The reporters listed in the October issue are: Richard Hardy, Randy Stowell, Faye Eliason, Sandra Clement and George McDonald.

Federal Day School (Fort Norman, NT)
N-2002-008 · Accession · 1930

The map was produced and sold by the Mundy Map Company of Edmonton. The map shows travel routes from Edmonton into the NWT up to Great Bear Lake and as far north as Kugluktuk. The map includes many place names and travel hints, including directions and distances between locations. It also shows air travel routes, RCMP stations, missions, hospitals, mining claims, wireless radio stations, gas caches and the boundaries of mining districts. It shows the position of claims at Echo Bay, Hunter Bay, Dismal Lake and the Camsell River and provides rough information on landmarks such as mountain ranges, the tree line, waterfalls and rapids.

Northern Map collection
N-2004-011 · Accession · [1897-196-]

The photographs include a colour photograph of the Northern Transportation Company vessel the "M.V. Kelly Hall" and a hand coloured black and white portrait of a couple. The settlement plans are from the communities of Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Aklavik, Fort Good Hope, Fort McPherson, Wrigley, Fort Simpson, Hay River, Port Radium, Fort Resolution, Taltson River, Pine Point, Fort Liard, Tuktoyaktuk and Fort Providence. In addition, there are maps showing water routes of steamships and mining claims in the Yellowknife area. Most of the maps and plans were published by various federal departments, including the Department of the Interior, Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, and Department of Mines and Resources.

Fougere, Robert
N-1992-021 · Accession · 1951-1954

The photographs depict Wood Buffalo National Park, Yellowknife, Hay River, Fort Resolution, Jean Marie River and the Great Slave region. The photographs include images of park wardens and their stations, forest fire monitoring and control, an abattoir for butchering bison, and fishing operations in the Great Slave Lake area. The fishing vessel 'Peter Pond' is featured prominently. Many of the pages of the first album that originally housed the photos were stamped with 'Conservation and Management Services' which appears to be a federal government division responsible for renewable resource management and conservation enforcement in the area.

Fougere, Robert
322 · Fonds · 1877-2023

The bulk of the textual records are made up of official records from the Legislative Assembly dated between 1951-2023 from the 1st through the 19th Legislative Assemblies/Councils of the Northwest Territories. Included in this material are Hansard (including indices and appendices), Tabled Documents, Motions, Written Questions, Return to Written Questions, Petitions, Committee Reports, Bills, Budget Addresses, Speeches, Debates (including some indices), Sessional Papers, Appropriations, Recommendations to Council, References for Advice, Information Items, Monthly Letters, Supplementary Notes, Legislation, a selection of Commissioner's Opening Addresses, and Votes and Proceedings summaries. There is also a copy of the Hay River-Enterprise Corridor Development Regulations from 1986.

The textual records are also comprised of signed minutes from the Northwest Territories Council (1921-1951), minutes from the Yellowknife Board of Trustees, bound minutes, ordinances and session papers from the Northwest Territories Council (1922-1950) and Orders in Council (1883-1932). Textual records also include correspondence, letters, biographical sketches of members of the Legislative Assembly, as well as promotional material collected by the Public Affairs Office concerning the 1979 election.

In addition, there are textual records related to the Advisory Committee on the Development of the GNWT, work of the Special Committee on Constitutional Development, the Special Committee on the Division of the NWT, Special Committee on the Northern Economy (SCONE), Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Special Committee on Housing and Standing Committee on Agencies, Boards and Commissions. There is also a small amount of textual records, including planning committee material, that deal with the opening of the Legislative Assembly building in 1993. Other records deal with special events and conferences hosted by the Legislative Assembly, including swearing-in ceremonies, the Circle of Northern Leaders, and 23rd Canadian Presiding Officers' Conference.

There are also pamphlets and brochures from the late 1970s and early 1980s on a variety of topics, including the Legislative Assembly's operations, symbology, projects, interest in the pipeline and talks of forming a new territory (Nunavut). There are published reports on priorities for the North, administrative structure for Nunavut, a spousal assault task force report, and a Denedeh government proposal for restructuring of the Government of the Northwest Territories. There are also rules of the preceding body, the Council of the Northwest Territories, as well as the rules of the Assembly from 1984 to 1991. Also included in this accession are ordinances dated 1888 and 1895 and bound ordinances dating 1950 through 1981. There is also a book of statutes from 1985.

The textual records from the Elections NWT office includes material concerning electoral boundaries, as well as guidelines, correspondence, poster and press releases related to the Nunavut Capital public vote and the public vote on the Guaranteed Equal Representation of Men and Women in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. There are also Reports of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Official Voting Results reports for the 2003 and 2007 General Elections, Returns to the Writ from the 2003, 2007 and 2011 General Elections, Proclamations and Grants of Poll from the 2007 General Election, polling boundary descriptions from the 2003 and 2007 General Elections, and the original tallies of votes from the polling districts and boxes from the 2007 General Election.

The textual records from the office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly includes materials related to conflict of interest and the Conflict of Interest Commissioner, the Senior Management Team, the standing committee on legislation, task forces and working groups related to the Division of the Northwest Territories, a strategic planning workshop for MLAs regarding the government organization after division, a Circle of Northern Leaders meeting, communications protocol, and amendments to legislative Acts. Some meeting material for the GNWT Deputy Ministers' Senior Management Committee is also included.

The textual records from the NWT Human Rights Commission includes meeting agendas and minutes of the Commission Members, as well as notes from a strategic planning session, and an informational package given to stakeholders that outlines the mission, structure, processes and function of the Commission.

The bulk of the photographs and slides are dated between 1968-1993 and cover topics such as Legislative Assembly Opening Ceremonies, Sessions, Elections, Committees, Plebiscite on Division, Tours of Communities, Special Events, Conferences, Health Services and Scenery. The remaining photographs depict members of the Northwest Territories Council, the Legislative Assembly and Commissioners of the Northwest Territories from 1905-1975, as well as the activities of the Office of the Languages Commissioner, which date from 2002-2004.

The VHS videocassette entitled "One Land, Many Voices" - making the new NWT Mace" was produced by Lone Woolf Productions in 2000.

The audio reels contain recordings of the 7th and 8th NWT Council and the 9th and 10th Legislative Assembly.

The microfiche consists of a complete record of Tabled Documents, Committee Reports and Petitions from the 10th Legislative Assembly which covered the years 1984-1987 and a Tabled Document from the 8th Council, 56th Session. The 7 microfilm reels contain copies of the Northwest Territories Council Minutes from 1921-1951 and an index to the Minutes.

The scroll was presented by David Welch, Ontario's Minister of Citizenship, on behalf of Premier John Robart to the Commissioner and Council of the Northwest Territories to commemorate the Northwest Territories Centennial in 1970.

Northwest Territories. Legislative Assembly (1905-present)
N-1992-148 · Accession · 1847

This accession consists of one letter from Sir John Richardson to Reeve, Benham & Reeve, dated December 25, 1847, regarding illustrations from his latest book. Attached to the letter is a newspaper clipping of another letter written by Richardson in 1848.

McClintock, Nicholas C.
N-1979-044 · Accession · [185-?], copied [1974]

This accession consists of a bound scrapbook containing reproductions of materials relating to early British arctic expeditions and explorers, ca. 1850s. The book contains items such as: photographs of paintings of Horatio Austin, Henry Kellet, James Clark, and Lt. Hobson; copies of textual material on medical practices and diet; copies of correspondence from Commander McClintock to James Ross; a copy plan of the "H.M.S. Intrepid"; drawings of sledge flags from Austin and Kellett expeditions; and hand bills for entertainment events aboard ship. [Nicolas Cole McClintock (1916-2001) was the grandson of Admiral Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, K.C.B., D.C.L., L.L.D., F.R.S., V.P.R.G.S.]

Haley, Susan, b. 1949
N-1988-505 · Accession · [1987?]

This accession consists of an incomplete translation by Susan Haley of Father Emile Petitot's journal. Documented are Petitot's observations around Great Bear Lake and Fort Franklin.

Please note that the text includes discussions of violence, as well as outdated and disrespectful terms to refer to Indigenous peoples. We have reproduced these terms in the digitized document because they are a part of the original historical record. If you have questions or feedback please contact NWT Archives.