History of Northwest Territories Capital Cities

The history of Northwest Territories capital cities begins with the purchase of the Territories by Canada from the Hudson's Bay Company in 1869, and includes a varied and often difficult evolution. Northwest Territories is unique amongst the other provinces and territories of Canada in that it has had seven capital cities in its history. The territory has changed the seat of government for numerous reasons, including civil conflict, development of infrastructure, and a history of significant revisions to its territorial boundaries.

The result of these changes has been a long and complex road to responsible government. Effectively providing services and representation for the population has been a particular challenge for the Territories' government, a task often complicated by the region's vast and changing geographic area. A small number of communities in Northwest Territories have unsuccessfully tried to become the capital over the years. The territory has had the seat of government outside of its territorial boundaries twice in its history. The only other political division in Canada without a seat of government inside its own boundaries was the defunct District of Keewatin that existed from 1876 until 1905.

The term "capital" refers to cities that have served as home for the Legislative Assembly of Northwest Territories, the legislative branch of Northwest Territories government. In Canada, it is customary for provincial and territorial level government to have the administrative centre of the civil service in the same city as the legislative branch. The Northwest Territories, however, had separate administrative and legislative capitals officially exist between 1911 and 1967. This is the only province or territory in Canadian history to have had such an arrangement.

Read more about History Of Northwest Territories Capital CitiesFort Garry, Manitoba (1870–1876), Fort Livingstone, North-West Territories (1876–1877), Battleford, Northwest Territories (1877–1883), Regina, Northwest Territories (1883–1905), Ottawa, Ontario As Legislative Capital (1905–1967), Fort Smith, Northwest Territories As Administrative Capital (1911–1967), Carrothers Commission Examines Self-government For The North (1965-1967), Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Current Capital (1967–present), Lessons Learned For Nunavut Capital (1995 Vote)

Other articles related to "history of northwest territories capital cities, capital, capitals, history of, northwest":

History Of Northwest Territories Capital Cities - Lessons Learned For Nunavut Capital (1995 Vote)
... For more details on this topic, see Nunavut capital plebiscite, 1995 ... As chronicled above, all seven capitals throughout the history of the Northwest Territories were chosen by some form of external government decision, though ... After the selection of Yellowknife as the capital in 1967, many residents in the eastern Arctic continued to feel unrepresented by the territorial government ...

Famous quotes containing the words history of, cities, capital, history, northwest and/or territories:

    This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation, because as a result of what happened in this week, the world is bigger, infinitely.
    Richard M. Nixon (1913–1995)

    Beyond the horizon, or even the knowledge, of the cities along the coast, a great, creative impulse is at work—the only thing, after all, that gives this continent meaning and a guarantee of the future. Every Australian ought to climb up here, once in a way, and glimpse the various, manifold life of which he is a part.
    Vance Palmer (1885–1959)

    We make needless ado about capital punishment,—taking lives, when there is no life to take.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    When the coherence of the parts of a stone, or even that composition of parts which renders it extended; when these familiar objects, I say, are so inexplicable, and contain circumstances so repugnant and contradictory; with what assurance can we decide concerning the origin of worlds, or trace their history from eternity to eternity?
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    I got my first clear view of Ktaadn, on this excursion, from a hill about two miles northwest of Bangor, whither I went for this purpose. After this I was ready to return to Massachusetts.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    For my part, I feel that with regard to Nature I live a sort of border life, on the confines of a world into which I make occasional and transient forays only, and my patriotism and allegiance to the state into whose territories I seem to retreat are those of a moss-trooper.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)