By Gurston Dacks
Six experts on northern Canadian matters learn the move of energy from the government to the governments of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Land claims, aboriginal self-government, department of the NWT, the territorial governments' pursuit of fuller popularity in Canadian federalism and devolution all engage in complicated methods. This publication makes the simplest feel of the advanced tactics underway within the Canadian north.
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G. Robertson, The Evolution of Territorial Government", p. 143. For a revealing account of the task at hand, as seen through the eyes of Ottawa officials, see J. Lesage, "Enter the European: V. Among the Eskimos," The Beaver, (Spring 1955). For a description of the work of the Committee, see Fingland, "Administrative and Constitutional Changes", pp. 145-152. A thorough account of these program activities can be found in the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, Annual Report, 1958-59, Ottawa: Queen's Printer.
P. 92. Gordon Robertson has observed that "It is doubtful if any country has provided a more bureaucractic regime than the one that then (1921-1946) governed the Northwest Territo- 40 Politics by Remote Control:... G. Robertson, The Evolution of Territorial Government", p. 143. For a revealing account of the task at hand, as seen through the eyes of Ottawa officials, see J. Lesage, "Enter the European: V. Among the Eskimos," The Beaver, (Spring 1955). For a description of the work of the Committee, see Fingland, "Administrative and Constitutional Changes", pp.
The first began in the North with the conclusion of Treaties 8 (1898) and 11 (1921) with the Indians of the Mackenzie District (though not the Yukon). The relevance of section 91(24) to the North grew with the Supreme Court judgment Re Eskimos (1930), which brought them under federal jurisdiction though not under the Indian Act. Alongside this stood Ottawa's general jurisdiction over the North, from which the police, geological survey, lands administration, and Council stemmed. In the first generation of northern administration, responsibilities were frequently trans25 Devolution and Constitutional Development in the Canadian North ferred between federal agencies by Cabinet decision.