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Northwest Territories. Department of the Executive fonds

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  • [1899-1996]; 1961-2014

This fonds includes records from the Cabinet Secretariat, including minutes and agendas from cross-government Deputy Ministers meetings between 1997-2003 and correspondence and other records of the Division Review Committee (1993-1999).

This fonds also includes records from the Secretary to Cabinet, including minutes, agendas and other related materials from cross-government Deputy Ministers meetings and committees from 2008-2014.

This fonds also contains the chronos of ministers and deputy ministers holding various portfolios including the Government Leader/Premier of the Northwest Territories between 1980-2001, as well as chronos from the Premier's Office between 2000-2010, and chronos from the Secretary to the Cabinet (2004-2010). This fonds also includes chronos of the ministerial chairs of the NWT Housing Corporation (1988-1995), Women's Directorate (Jeannie Marie-Jewell 1990-1991), the Worker's Compensation Board (1985-1987, 1990-1991), Department of Transportation (1995), Renewable Resources (Red Pedersen, 1986-1988, John Ningark 1992) and subject-specific chronos for 1985-1991, and the Executive (1985-2000). This fonds also includes a file from the Constitutional Development Steering Committee (Western Arctic).

Also in this fonds are records generated by the History of Education Project that was undertaken by Norman McPherson who produced a manuscript on the history of education in the Northwest Territories. (Dreams and Visions: Education in the Northwest Territories from the Early Days to 1984). The records consist of original files and copies of reports from schools in many communities throughout the Northwest Territories. Also included within the records are copies of transcripts from oral history interviews.

Also included in this fonds are records from the Regional Operations division. They consist primarily of minutes from settlement and hamlet meetings in the Mackenzie Delta, Western Arctic, Baffin and Great Bear Lake regions, monthly reports from regions and specific communities, minutes of regional council meetings, and records from regional associations such as the Keewatin Organizational Committee.

Records from the Plans and Program division relate to the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, Nanisivik Mines, Polar Gas Project and Beaufort Delta Oil Project; there are also records from the Regional Management Committee in Inuvik and the Inuvik Regional Health Board.

Records from the Priorities and Planning Secretariat date between 1972-1989 and relate to GNWT policy and program development, land claims issues, parks development, Constitutional development, decentralization and natural resource projects. Some of these records are meeting minutes, correspondence and records of decision produced by the Priorities and Planning Committee, a committee within the secretariat which reviewed initiatives, policies and programs before they were put before the Executive Members and the Executive Council as a whole.

There are also reports dating from 1971-1974 about the community of Port Burwell, the Kennuayuak Association and one from the Program, Policy and Planning Division entitled "Government as Communicator."

There are also transcripts of meetings of the Electoral Boundaries Commission held in several NWT communities in 1989.

In addition, there are files containing correspondence from Regional Administrators concerning the administration and implementation of the Liquor Ordinance and alcohol abuse problems at Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit).

Included in this fonds is one letter addressed to George Braden, Chairman of the Elected Members of the Executive Committee from Prime Minister Trudeau regarding the First Ministers Conference in 1980.

The files from the Financial Management Board consist of policy and planning files and records relating to Regional Decentralization.

The records from the Audit Bureau are dated between 1977-1985. These records consist of audit files for various Hamlets, Hunters and Trappers Associations and craft shops. There are also files relating to Audit Committee Meetings, Manager's Reports and organization charts.

The files from the Corporate Services Division are primarily from the Keewatin Region and consist of minutes of meetings from the Executive Committee, Regional Director's Meetings, Annual Management Meetings, Senior Management Committee Meetings, various hamlet meetings and board meetings. Furthermore, there are minutes from the following Regional Councils: Baffin Regional Council, South Slavey Regional Council, North Slavey Regional Council, Deh Cho Regional Council, Shihita Regional Council, Kitikmeot Regional Council and the Keewatin Regional Council. There are also files relating to Commissioner's Tours and Ministerial Tours of the Baffin and Keewatin Regions.

This fonds also contains material from the Women's Advisory. The files dated between 1975-1991 contain information relating to the Status of Women Committee (including Annual Reports), departmental updates, Ministers' Briefing Notes, correspondence and plans relating to the 5-year Action Plan on Equality for Women. As well, this fonds contains files from 1984-1992 of the Women's Advisory including reports, decision papers, briefing notes and correspondence. These records document the relationship of the Women's Advisory to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, as well as the restructuring of the Women's Advisory in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In addition there are reports from Women's Advisory-funded organizations dating from 1993-2001 including the Status of Women Council, the Native Women's Association, the Pauktuutit Inuit Women's Association and the Women's Community Action Team. As well, briefing notes, chronos and policy statements from the Women's Advisory dating between 1991-2002 outline the roles and responsibilities of the Women's Advisory.

The fonds also contains two audio reels dating from 1974-1975 which include a panel discussion on the Status of Women as a lead up to the International Year of Women (1975). Other topics discussed include housing, waste management, air transportation, and business/government relations.

In addition, there are files from the Legislation and House Planning Division that relate to Cabinet House Strategy development and Session Preparation for the 3rd through the 10th sessions for the 11th Legislative Assembly and the 2nd through 6th Sessions of the 15th Legislative Assembly. Other Legislation and House Planning Division files within the fonds include briefing books for the 14th and 15th Assemblies, Rules of the Legislative Assembly, legislative agendas for the 14th and 15th Assemblies, meeting minutes, agendas, proposals and records of recommendations from between 1975 and 1991, as well as the results of the Legislative Review Survey conducted by the Division Review Committee in preparation for Division, from 1997-1998. There are also files containing correspondence, reports, and Records of Decision concerning acts fielded within the Legislative and House Planning Division.

Files from the Directorate includes meeting minutes and correspondence regarding the Social Agenda between 2001-2002. Directorate files also include correspondence and documents pertaining to the activities of the Minister of Renewable Resources, detailing government initiatives often involving the Hunters and Trappers Association in the Keewatin Region and Kitikmeot Region between 1985 - 1987. Additionally, there are files containing correspondence and documents detailing government initatives discussed between the Dept. of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and the Premier of the NWT. Directorate records also include meeting materials for the Department of the Executive Senior Management Committee, the Special Joint Committee on Non-Tax-Based Community Affairs, and the Special Committee on the Implementation of Self-Government and the Sunset Clause, and the Public Committees, Boards and Councils Handbook.

The fonds also contains eight audiocassettes and a fifteen page summary report of a Traditional Knowledge Elders gathering held in October of 1993 at Fort Providence.

Material within this fonds relating to the Executive Secretariat dates between 1967-68. It consists of copies of the transfer guideline documents concerning the formal transfer of responsibilities to the Government of the Northwest Territories and a copy of a Task Force Report on the organization of the Northwest Territories Public Service.

There are also files from the Personnel Secretariat Division dated between 1982-1996; this material consists of reviews of personnel policies, reports on conferences, workshops and seminars, files on employment equity, the decentralization of the Highway Transport Board and Liquor Licensing Board and several files on the restructuring of various GNWT departments.

The fonds also includes newsletters and reports created by the Aboriginal Rights and Constitutional Development Secretariat and Equal Employment Directorate. The newsletters consist of 10 issues of Building Blocks, and discuss varied issues of devolution and compensation. There are three reports on equal employment, dating from [1985? To 1987?].

The fonds also includes files from the Bureau of Statistics dated from 1982-2006 and it includes population statistic and projection reports, Yellowknife apartment surveys, spatial price surveys, food price surveys, personal income statistics, labour force surveys, census results, a report on interprovincial/territorial trade and a business directory. It also includes an incomplete collection of volumes of the Statistics Quarterly, from volumes 1 through 26.

The fonds also includes files from Intergovernmental Relations and Strategic Planning (IGRASP), including one file which outlines the activities and strategies of the Social Envelope section in 1997-1998. Also from that division is material from 2000-2003 which includes briefing packages for meetings between Premier Kakfwi and federal ministers, as well as files on the Living History Project, a project to reflect and celebrate NWT progress since the Berger Inquiry. Files also include meeting minutes and correspondence related to Intergovernmental and Arctic Circle meetings, as well as Premier meetings between 1999-2003.

The fonds also includes 15 cm of chronos of Robert S. Pilot from his positions working within the Department of the Executive, including Deputy Minister for the Executive Council from 1984-1985, as well as his position as Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs from 1985-1988.

This fonds also includes records from the Aboriginal Rights and Constitutional Development Secretariat (and later the Ministry of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs), dating predominantly from 1974-1996. These records relate to land claims, including the Inuvialuit (COPE), Dene/Metis, Sahtu, Gwich'in, Tlicho, Deh Cho, Denesuline, Makivik, Hay River Dene, and Treaty 8 organizations, and the creation of Nunavut. The records also document self-government by Indigenous groups (including the creation of the Western Arctic Region Municipality (WARM) or Western Arctic Regional Government (WARG)), constitutional development, intergovernmental relations, and devolution of airports, land, water, and resource management from the Federal government (see also Office of Devolution).

Additionally, the fonds includes community reports, meeting minutes and files pertaining to community transfers generated by various regional GNWT departments throughout the NWT, including Sachs Harbour, Paulatuk, Tuktoyaktuk, and Arctic Red River (now Tsiigehtchic).

Records generated by the Corporate Review and Transition Project in 2002-2004 are included in this fonds. Records include reports commissioned by the project and departmental responses to the review and recommendations.

This fonds also includes records from the Strategic Planning division, covering the Boards and Agencies review, 2004-2006. Records include meeting minutes, agendas, reports, drafts, and interviews with departments and agencies. The records also include planning materials for the National Aboriginal Women’s Summit (NAWS II) and meeting materials from the Deputy Minister’s Senior Management Committee, 2007-2010.

Also included in this fonds are records from the Corporate Human Resources division, which date 1992-2004. These records comprise of annual reports on the Affirmative Action Policy for the GNWT, an evaluation report and guidelines for the Northern Graduate Employment Program, reviews of staffing services and employee benefit administration at departments and agencies, and a file relating to the creation and organization of the division.

The fonds also includes records from the Office of Devolution. These records date from 1993-2012, documenting negotiations between the GNWT and federal government over the devolution of lands and resources. Records include correspondence, committee records, briefing materials, reports, and communication plans.

Files from the Protocol section document the 1994 Royal Visit and 2004 Deputy Commissioner's swearing-in ceremony.

Records from the Corporate Communications division include Senior Management Committee records, Deputy Ministers' Steering Committee on Trademark and Copyright Policy records, GNWT-wide communications plans and strategies, workshop material, related job descriptions, records relating to the Visual Identity Program, and briefing binders.

The fonds also includes a small group of miscellaneous documents and reports relating to auditing, management, cross-cultural training, the Beaufort Sea Drilling Program, and research subject headings.

Northwest Territories. Department of the Executive (1967-2017)

Northwest Territories. Department of the Executive

This accession consists of textual records relating to the Aboriginal (Indigenous) affairs function of the Department of the Executive. The records document Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) involvement in various land claims, including those with the Dene-Metis, Sahtu, Gwich'in, Inuvialuit (COPE), Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut (TFN), and Makivik organizations, intergovernmental interactions on the federal/provincial/territorial level, and the interactions of the Aboriginal Relations and Constitutional Development division with other GNWT departments. The records include policies and directives, agreements (including drafts), comments and responses, legal opinions, implementation worksheets and plans, briefing material, financial records, Financial Management Board submissions, meeting materials, correspondence, proposals, applications, discussion, decision and option papers, land use planning records, records of recommendation and decision, court documents, reports, communications plans, a job description, maps, speaking notes, news releases, and reference material.

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