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305 · Fonds · [1962-1986]

This fonds consists of textual material, graphic material (photographs - col. prints), cartographic material (maps), moving images (helical scan video reels and Umatic videocassettes), sound recordings (audiocassettes), and microfilm reels. The textual material consists of transcripts of a meeting between the Oblate Fathers from settlements throughout the Mackenzie District and the Department of Local Government. The discussion involved the transfer of responsibilities from the Northern Administration Branch to the Government of the Northwest Territories in 1967. The bulk of the textual material contains records dating from 1967-1986. These records relate to the development and management of hamlets, towns, and communities across the Northwest Territories. They include details on services such as water and sanitation as provided and managed by the Department of Local Government, as well as files related to the Northwest Territories Municipal Association and departmental policies and initiatives, including recreation. Approximately 60 cm of the textual material consists of bound minutes from Pine Point Council Meetings that were held from 1969-1986, as well as financial statements from the community of Pine Point. In addition, there are files concerning the development, implementation, and operation of the Arctic Airports program, including position papers and reports created by Transport Canada with comments from GNWT officials, as well as reports, recommendations and minutes of meetings from the Airports Committee, a discussion paper concerning the development and implementation of the Arctic Air Facilities policy, and ongoing correspondence and planning documents.

The microfilm reels contain records dated between 1967-1973 from the Central Registry file system and contain files from the following program areas: Directors Monthly Meetings (11 block); Policy Files (13 block); Administration (20 block); Municipal Affairs Division (21 block); Development Division (22 block); Town Planning and Lands (24 block); Recreation (25 block); Emergency Measures Division (26 block) and Employment Liaison Division (29 block).

The maps are line transparency plans from the Town Planning and Lands Division of the Department of Local Government. Communities represented are: Arctic Bay, Broughton Island (Qikiqtarjuaq), Cape Dorset, Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Enterprise, Fort Franklin (Deline), Fort Providence, Hall Beach, Hay River, Igloolik (Iglulik), Paulatuk, Pond Inlet, Rankin Inlet, Resolute Bay, Sachs Harbour, Sanikiluaq, Snowdrift (Lutsulk'e), Trout Lake, and Wrigley. The 13 microfilm reels from the Town Planning and Lands Division contain settlement drawings for the following communities: Fort Simpson, Tuktoyaktuk, Yellowknife, Fort Providence, Fort Rae, Fort Resolution, Fort Smith, Spence Bay, Snowdrift, Stagg River, Alexander Falls, Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Fort Norman, Pine Point, Rankin Inlet, Sachs Harbour, Banks Island, Aklavik, Baker Lake, Hay River, Igloolik, Cambridge Bay, Holman Island, Enterprise, Gjoa Haven, Nahanni Butte, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Edzo, Morphy, Fort Franklin, Frobisher Bay, Port Harrison, Fort Good Hope and Hall Lake. There are also 7 land use planning maps which relate to Fort Simpson, Pine Point, and Enterprise.

The 2 Umatic videocassettes contain footage of James Washee, a Minister of Local Government, discussing Community Ordinance legislation. One recording is in English and one recording is in Inuktitut. Also included in the accession are eight reels of helical scan video. These appear to be related to local government conferences.

The sound recordings consist of 24 audiocassettes that contain recordings from an Economic Development Conference held in 1979 that featured speakers such as John Todd, Bertha Allen and Stuart Hodgson. In addition, eight of the audiocassettes contain recordings of the Pine Point Council Meetings from 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987. One meeting from each year was retained as a sample.

Finally, this fonds includes approximately 40 cm of publications and reports from 1967-[1988]. The majority of the material consists of published community development plans. There are also water and sanitation reports, water and energy conservation papers, airport maintenance manual, comparative studies between municipalities in the NWT and those of western provinces, and a report of a committee on the future of Inuit hunting camps. Also notably included is a public discussion paper on devolution.

Northwest Territories. Department of Local Government (1967-1986)
N-2005-002 · Accession · [1950-]

The DVD is a copy of an 8 mm film of home movies shot in Fort Simpson in the 1950s by Ron Cree. The film depicts life in the settlement at that time.
The film footage and stills include images of the community of Fort Simpson, barges and planes, notable people such as the Kraus family and the Linbergs, activities such as the arrival of Cat trains and supplies, RCMP buildings, mission buildings, the experimental farm and the royal visit of Prince Philip to Fort Simpson.

Cree, Ron
Ross Laycock collection
N-2014-001 · Accession · 1963-1970

The photographs document the construction of a winter road between Fort Providence and Inuvik in 1963-1964. The 8 mm film appears to depict a flight from Calgary to Norman Wells. The 16 mm film depicts the loading and unloading of barges through various communities along the Mackenzie River, including Hay River, Fort Simpson, Fort Wrigley and Fort Good Hope. The cartographic booklet is comprised of maps of the Mackenzie River.

The materials formerly belonged to Ross Laycock, who worked on the first winter road up the Mackenzie Valley from Fort Providence to Inuvik in the 1960s.

Laycock, Ross
Suzanne Paré collection
N-2023-009 · Collection · May-September 1985

This collection includes photographs of a fish camp near the Frank Channel, a community feast and drum dance, and a collection of images of people and places in the community of Behchoko.

Paré, Suzanne
N-2023-003 · Collection · [ca. 1955-1966]

This collection contains a variety of material relating to the Kinette Club of Yellowknife, ca. 1961-1966, including a large wooden scrapbook ("Kinsmen - Kinette - Yellowknife"), which includes photographs and signature pages from Kinsmen events in the 1960s. Also included are a number of Kinsmen/Kinette newsletters, clippings and loose photographs.

389 · Fonds · 1973-2015

This fonds consists of approximately 1.4 m of text. Included are original and signed self-government agreements, framework agreements, agreements-in-principle (AIP), implementation plans and Chief Negotiator framework agreements concerning the negotiation of self-government agreements between the GNWT, Government of Canada and the Tłı̨chǫ First Nation, Beaufort-Delta (Gwich'in and Inuvialuit), Akaitcho Territory Dene First Nations, Salt River First Nations, Deh Cho First Nations, Sahtu Dene and Metis, and South Slave Metis. There are also copies of interim measures agreements from other jurisdictions such as the Fond du Lac First Nations, Black Lake First Nations, Hatchet Lake First Nations, Manitoba Dëne Sųłıné and Sayisi Dene First Nation. Many of the agreements are in both English and French.

Also included in this fonds are Deputy Minister (DM) Chronos for 1999-2000, 2003-2005 and Ministerial Chronos for 1999-2000, as well as Ministerial briefing binders for sessions of the Legislative Assembly between 2013 and 2015.

This fonds also includes briefing binders prepared by the Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Planning Division (IGRASP) for the Premier for various high-level meetings, conferences and forums.

This fonds also includes records generated between 1976-1986 by the Aboriginal Rights and Constitutional Development Secretariat, formerly operating within the Department of the Executive. These records document the role of the secretariat and the GNWT in the Dene and Metis land claims agreement-in-principle signed on September 5, 1988 as well as claims agreements with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, the Committee for Original People's Entitlement (COPE) and the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut.

As well, this fonds contains records from the Intergovernmental Relations Division relating to the development of the Social Agenda, as well as records from the Aboriginal Rights and Constitutional Development Secretariat relating to GNWT and federal government positions on Aboriginal rights and claims.

Northwest Territories. Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations (2006-2017)
Thomas Albert Donnelly fonds
409 · Fonds · 1969-1977

This fonds consists of 597 col. slides. Slides feature Thomas Donnelly's travels throughout the Northwest Territories as a meteorologist. The communities highlighted in these slides include Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Inuvik, Fort Franklin (Délı̨nę), Lac La Martre (Whatı̀), Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells, Colville Lake, Rae (Behchokǫ̀), Cambridge Bay, Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Holman (Ulukhaktok), Hay River, Artic Red River (Tsiigetchic), and Fort Reliance.

The content of the slides features Donnelly's travels throughout the north but heavily favours aerial views of the Mackenzie River and surrounding communities, weather stations, airports, air and float planes, churches and significant events such as the construction of the Dempster Highway and the visit of Governor General Michener to the community of Holman (Ulukhaktok).

Donnelly, Thomas Albert
Archibald Fleming fonds
39 · Fonds · 1908-1950

This fonds consists of prints and negatives, including cellulose nitrate and one glass negative, formerly owned by Archibald Lang Fleming, as well as a program for the opening of the All Saints' Hospital in Aklavik in 1937, attended by Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir (John Buchan). The photographs include the communities of: Aklavik, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Cape Dorset, Chesterfield Inlet, Clyde River, Coppermine, Eskimo Point, Lake Harbour, Pangnirtung, and Pond Inlet, among others. Images feature the portraits and daily activities of Inuit and Dene and Anglican churches and missions.

Fleming, Archibald
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)
Terry Garvin fonds
108 · Fonds · 1954-1983

This fonds consists of 261 photographs (19 black and white slides; 242 colour slides) taken by Terry Garvin between 1954 and 1982. Many of the images were taken during Garvin's work as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer, although some were taken during trips he made after leaving the RCMP, including while working for the Arctic Pilot Project. Subjects include community views and buildings, scenic views, mines, people, Tlicho hand games, aircraft, and boats. Locations include but are not limited to Yellowknife, Behchoko, Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, and Fort Smith.

Garvin, Terry
336 · Fonds · 1965-2009

Records include files relating to the Inter-Governmental Committee on Federal/Territorial Financial Relations from 1981-1984. Records also include briefing notes, preparation material and reports from this committee. Also included are Chronos from the offices of the Minister (Chair) and Deputy Minister (Secretary) of the FMBS; and reports related to formula financing and the fiscal relationship between Government of Canada and the GNWT.

The files from the Budget and Evaluation Division consist of operational records related to FMBS strategic planning, FMBS review of GNWT initiatives and policies regarding devolution, division (creation of Nunavut), decentralization, community empowerment, privatization, informatics strategies and land use planning and resource development impacts. There are also copies of correspondence, decision papers, organizational and functional reviews, reports and submissions concerning FMBS review of departmental initiatives and policies for the following departments: Economic Development and Tourism, Education, Culture and Employment, Ministry of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, Health and Social Services, Transportation, Municipal and Community Affairs, NWT Housing Corporation, Justice, Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development, NWT Power Corporation and Public Works and Services. In addition, there are program review and evaluation files for reviews done by FMBS for the Community Futures Program, South Slave Divisional Board of Education, Social Assistance Program transfer, and the policy called Strength at Two Levels that includes discussion papers, reports and correspondence. The remaining files include operational plans, performance measurement files, Main Estimate Notes, Budget development files, Results Reports, Standing Committee on Finance (SCOF) records, and records from committees such as the Capital Planning Committee, Travel and Transportation Committee, Division Planning Committee, the Utilities Committee, User Pay Committee and P3 Management Committee.

The files from the Directorate division consist of 11.7 meters of administrative and operational records from the Directorate of the FMBS. The records include Ministerial (Chairman) and Deputy-Minister (Secretary of the FMB Comptroller General/Deputy Head) chronos, program reviews, internal conference materials, records related to government-wide planning, government reorganization and structuring, Senior Management Committee meetings, major government initiatives, such as decentralization and privatization, and devolution of responsibilities to the GNWT from the federal government such as health and social services. There are also files concerning projected funding growth requirements, human resource issues such as Performance Measurement and a review of Income support programs. In addition, there are working files from the FMBS led Affirmative Action Task Group that were responsible for reviewing the GNWT Affirmative Action policy and correspondence, reports, decision papers and draft policy documents from the Labour Relations and Compensation Division concerning the development and review of the GNWT equal employment policy, affirmative action policy and Native Employment Affirmative Action Plan. There are also records related to a FMBS review on the Business Incentive Policy (BIP), correspondence, legal opinions, Memorandum of Understanding between the GNWT and NWT Teachers Association (NWTTA) and court decisions related to the collective bargaining between GNWT and NWTTA. There are also records related to the division of the Northwest Territories and the creation of Nunavut in 1999.

The files from the Labour Relations and Compensation Services division were mostly created when it was part of the Department of Personnel. They comprise planning records and organizational charts as well as operational records relating to collective bargaining and employee benefits, changes to the Public Service Act, staffing appeal regulations, as well as records relating to the negotiations for the 1992 and 1994 Collective Bargaining Agreements between the GNWT and the Union of Northern Workers (UNW). There are also files related to Equal Pay litigation, including research and briefing materials.

Northwest Territories. Financial Management Board Secretariat (1980-2006)
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.

317 · Fonds · [1955-2014]

This fonds consists of approximately 56.27 meters of textual records, 1,600 colour and black and white photographs, 26 audio recordings and 18 videos. The photographs depict medical facilities, medical personnel, procedures and health education activities. The audio materials are primarily related to health education, health studies and reports on healthcare in the north. The videos are primarily health promotion video related to nutrition and diet.

The textual material is derived from the various iterations of the divisions responsible for policy, planning and reporting; directorate and finance support activities, population health issues; community health issues; board support services, child protection and family services. The records cover issues such as legislative initiatives, departmental organization and strategic planning, the Territorial Hospital Insurance Service, the transfer of health services to the GNWT from the Federal Government, the decentralization of health services to the communities, health and social services matters in self-government negotiations, and significant reports including the Cuff Report (It's Time to Act), the NWT Health Report, NWT Health Status Report and Ambulance Services Report. The records include files related to the management of the department including: Senior Management Chronos, Executive Committee files, records from the Recruitment and Retention Committee, the Joint Senior Management Committee and Senior Management Committee files.

The textual material also includes correspondence with regional health authorities and boards, program development and delivery records, reports and promotional materials. These records cover programs such as Brighter Futures, Community Action Fund, Social Agenda Community Demonstration Projects, Traditional Knowledge, Community Wellness, nutrition, promoting nursing in the NWT, midwifery, clinical standards of practice, and many programs directed towards promoting healthy lifestyles. Included within these materials are records from various committees such as: the Community Wellness Committee, the Aboriginal Wellness Coalition, the Committee on Nursing Education, the Northwest Territories Pregnancy Risk Score Steering Committee, the NWT Clinical Practice Committee, The NWT Advisory Committee on Immunization, the Antimicrobial Steering Committee, the NWT Maternal and Perinatal Committee, the Childhood Fatality Review Committee, the Mental Health Task Team, Joint Standing Committee-Independent Seniors, the Addictions and Mental Health Committee, and the Traditional Knowledge Working Group.

Northwest Territories. Department of Health and Social Services (1995-present)
N-1988-006 · Accession · [ca. 1940-1943]

This accession consists of five black and white negative images showing a tractor train leaving Grimshaw, Alberta for Yellowknife.

Martin, Harry A., b. 1900
George Robert photograph
N-1986-011 · Accession · [1933], copied 1985

This accession consists of a photograph of the Anglican All Saints Hospital in Aklavik.

L.F.G. "Bob" Borden
N-1992-140 · Accession · 1940-1944

This accession consists of 27 black and white photographs of Yellowknife and the surrounding area featuring mine sites, road construction and buildings.

Borden, L.F.G. "Bob"
Norman Robinson fonds
356 · Fonds · 1919-1940

This fonds consists of 709 black and white photographs and approximately 20 cm of textual material relating to Norman Robinson's travels in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Ireland between 1919-1940. The photographs are mounted in nine journals which contain narrative about Robinson's work in the Northwest Territories as a trapper and guide; his work in British Columbia as a Game Warden and two years spent in Ireland. In addition, there are two original letters that Robinson wrote to his mother while he was guiding a Survey Party in the Northwest Territories in 1924, two notebooks which contain transcribed letters that Robinson wrote to his family in Ireland between 1919-1922 and transcriptions of three narratives written by Norman Robinson.

Robinson, Norman
John Parker fonds
394 · Fonds · 1962-[199-]

This fonds consists of 3 m of textual material created by John H. Parker throughout his career spent in the Northwest Territories. Included are records related to the transfer of responsibilities from the federal Department of Indian and Northern Affairs to the then fledgling Government of the Northwest Territories. There are also files on a variety of political subjects including constitutional development, devolution of responsibility from the Commissioner's Office to the elected Executive Council, and land claims and the division of the Northwest Territories. John Parker was also involved in many groups and associations. Records of the Legislative Assembly Building Society, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, the Fox Moth Society, and St. John Ambulance are found here.

Parker, John Havelock
N-2015-002 · Accession · 1913-1946

The textual records include a diary and a notebook written by John Paterson, a letter from Jack Stark to John Paterson and a pamphlet of the Northern Transit Service. The diary recounts Mr. Paterson's time as a trapper and fur trader in the Snowdrift (Lutselk'e) area from the fall of 1924 to the summer of 1925. The notebook describes Mr. Paterson's arrival in Canada and how he came to be in the North.

Paterson, John
N-1994-018 · Accession · 1972

Records are comprised of the first issue (volume 1 number1) of a 1972 newsletter, "Think News", which was published by students and staff at the Gordon Robertson Education Centre. The newsletter contains items of news about students at the school. It also contains stories, letters to the editor, and some news pertaining to the community.

Gordon Robertson Education Centre (Frobisher Bay, NT)