Archives Timeline: In the Beginning

An 1897 ordinance creating the Department of the Territorial Secretary contained the first reference to a public archives in Saskatchewan. The ordinance stated that the Territorial Secretary was to be “the keeper of all registers and archives of the territories.” When Saskatchewan became a province in 1905, this provision was incorporated into the legislation which governed the activities of the Provincial Secretary; however, the Provincial Secretary never actively managed government records.

           North-West Territories Council buildings                                          North-West Territories Ordinance No. 15, 1897                      

    North-West Territories Council, 1884


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