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Accession Number: 94-018


Royal Commission on the NorthernEnvironment fonds. Additions. -- 1977-1978. -- 30.5 cm of textualrecords. -- 2 maps.

Biography / History

The Royal Commission on the Northern Environmentwas established on July 13, 1977 by an Order-in-Council of theOntario Cabinet. The Commission was established pursuant to ThePublic Inquiries Act of 1971 and furthering the purpose of TheEnvironmental Assessment Act of 1975 which dealt with the bettermentof the people, of the whole or any part of Ontario, by providingfor the protection, conservation and wise management in Ontarioof the environment. It was created to inquire into any beneficialand adverse effects on the environment for the people of Ontarioof any public or private enterprise north of the 50th parallelof north latitude relating to harvesting, supply and use of timberresources, 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 usedin the future to assess, evaluate and make decisions concerningthe effects on the environment of major enterprises and to reportand make recommendations to the Minister of the Environment fromtime to time and to carry out the purpose of the EnvironmentalAssessment Act of 1975. The Commission gathered information byholding 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, Whitedogand Toronto. The purpose of these meetings was to gather informationabout the north, its people, its communities and resources bymeans of submissions from government departments, northern communities,northern residents and a wide range of organizations and enterpriseswith experience and knowledge of the north of Ontario. The Commissionalso heard submissions relating to issues that it needed to address,the roles it should play and the manner in which its inquirieswere to be conducted. Submissions ranged from women and healthservices to trappers and methanol production. There were communityand native people historical surveys as well as community andbusiness officials' responses to reports published by the Commission.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Robert Paehlkebefore it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of researchpapers, government reports and newspaper clippings concerningnorthern environment, mercury poisoning, acid rain and nativeland issues.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor RobertPaelke.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the Archivesof Ontario, Toronto.

This fonds is an addition to 86-017.

Finding Aid

Box 1: Acid Rain

Algonquin Park

English-Wabigon, White Dog, Grassy Narrows,

Shelter Valley

Forest Regeneration Conference

INCO- Sudbury

Marmion Lake


North of 50



Royal Commission on Northern Environment:

Preliminary hearings

RCNE: Issues

RCNE: Miscellaneous

RCNE: Summaries

RCNE: Prelim. Recommendations

Hartt's Resignation/Fahlgren's Appointment

Fahlgren's Speeches

Strategic Land Use Planning

Treaty 3

Treaty 9


Wild Rice

Plus 5 miscellaneous pamphlets relating to Native affairs