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Accession Number: 86-017


Ontario. Royal Commission on the Northern Environment fonds. -- 1977-1978. -- 60 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Royal Commission on the Northern Environment was established on July 13, 1977 by an Order-in-Council of the Ontario Cabinet. The Commission was established pursuant to The Public Inquiries Act of 1971 and furthering the purpose of The Environmental Assessment Act of 1975 which dealt with the betterment of the people, of the whole or any part of Ontario, by providing for the protection, conservation and wise management in Ontario of the environment. It was created to inquire into any beneficial and adverse effects on the environment for the people of Ontario, of any public or private enterprise, north of the 50th parallel of north latitude relating to harvesting, supply and use of timber resources, mining, milling, smelting, oil and gas extraction, hydro-electric development, nuclear power development, water use, tourism and recreation, transportation, communications or pipelines. The Commission also inquired into methods that should be used in the future to assess, evaluate and make decisions concerning the effects on the environment of major enterprises and to report and make recommendations to the Minister of the Environment from time to time and to carry out the purpose of the Environmental Assessment Act of 1975. The Commission gathered information by holding informal meetings in communities such as Timmins, Geraldton, Nakina, Moosonee, Moose Factory, Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake, Ear Falls, Pickle Lake, Osnaburgh, Sandy Lake, Kenora, Whitedog and Toronto. The purpose of these meetings was to gather information about the north, its people, its communities and resources by means of submissions from government departments, northern communities, northern residents and a wide range of organizations and enterprises with experience and knowledge of northern Ontario. The Commission also heard submissions relating to issues that it needed to address, the roles it should play and the manner in which its inquiries were to be conducted. Submissions ranged from women and health services to trappers and methanol production. There were community and native people historical surveys as well as community and business officials' responses to reports published by the Commission.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Kari Lie, of Peterborough, before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds contains briefing records, summaries of preliminary hearings, "Issues Papers" chapters 1 to 8, submissions to the Royal Commission of the Northern Environment and other related records.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Kari Lie.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located in the Archives of Ontario.

Additions to the fonds include 94-018.

Finding Aid

Box 1


/1 (Blue Doutang) briefing document #1 "Tourists and Recreation"

/2 (Blue Doutang) briefing document #2 "Transportation"

/3 (Blue Doutang) briefing document #3 "Minerals and Mining"

/4 Same as above #3A "Minerals and Mining"

/5 same as above #3a

6 same as above #4 "Communications"

7 same as above #5 "Forestry"

/8 Royal Commission on the Northern Environment summary of preliminary hearing (vol. 1)

/9 same as above (vol 2)

/10 same as above (vol. 3)

/11 same as above (vol. 4)

/12 "Issues Papers" (chpts I-II), also contents

/13 same as above (chpts III-IV)

/14 same as above (chpts V-VIII) (in black binder)

/15 Parks north of 50, brochures and related material

/16 Conservation Council of Ontario, reports, briefs brochures

/17 Conservation Council brief to RCNE

/18 RCNE- information

/19 submissions to RCNE

Box 2


/1 Royal Commission on Northern Environment, Sioux Lookout Nov 7, 1977

/2 same as above - Nov 8, 1977

/3 same as above - Dryden Nov 9, 1977

/4 same as above - Red Lake Nov 14, 1977

/5 same as above - Nov 15, 1977

/6 same as above - Ear Falls Nov 16, 1977

/7 same as above - Timmins Nov 23, 1977

/8 same as above - Timmins Nov 23, 1977

/9 same as above - Timmins Nov 24, 1977

/10 same as above - Pickle Lake Dec 5, 1977

/11 same as above - Osnaburg Dec 7, 1977; Dec 7, 1977

/12 same as above - Toronto Dec 15, 1977

/13 same as above - Toronto Dec 16, 1977

/14 same as above - Timmins Dec 21, 1977

/15 same as above - Kenora Jan 17, 1978

/16 same as above - White Dog Jan 18, 1978

/17 same as above - Kenora Jan 19, 1978