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Dave Nickerson fonds [textual record, graphic material, cartographic material]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

10.1 m of textual records.
55 photographs 28 col.
1 map.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of five series, as established by Mr. Nickerson's House of Commons staff. These series are as follows: Constituent correspondence; Territorial government correspondence; Subject series; Federal government; Outgoing correspondence, 1971-1989. The fonds contains photographs of Nickerson in his role as Member of the House; photos of various N.W.T. power plants; and a ceremony declaring the Notre-Dame-De-Bonne-Esperance Church, N.W.T. as a Canadian historical site, 1977-1988. The fonds also contains a map depicting proposals for the division of the N.W.T. by the Federal Government, Dene Nation, and the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, 1976-1988.

Textual records
Cartographic material
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.
Other accession no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions. Copyright unknown.
Cartographic material: Credit Library and Archives Canada. No restrictions on access. Reproduction subject to Canadian Copyright Act regulations.

Textual records: The finding aid lists all files, in each series, alphabetically. Documents within files have been arranged chronologically. MSS1833 (Paper)

Textual records: Finding aid. MSS1833 (Electronic)

Cartographic material Please consult lower level description. 90116. 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Dave Nickerson first arrived in the N.W.T. in 1965 and worked at the Discovery and Giant Mines. He was active with mine rescue work and served on the union safety committee. He left this to establish his own minerals exploration business which he operated out of Yellowknife for ten years.

His political career started in 1975 with his election to the Territorial Legislature as the member for Yellowknife-North. There, he served as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legislation before his appointment to Minister of Health and Social Development. He resigned this position in 1977.

Mr. Nickerson was subsequently elected to the House of Commons (Western Arctic) in the 1979 general election. He was re-elected in 1980 and 1984. He was defeated in the 1988 general election.

While in the House of Commons, he served as a member on the Sub-committee on the Northern Canada Power Commission (N.C.P.C.) of the Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development. It should be noted that the N.C.P.C. (a Crown Corporation) is responsible for the delivery of utility services (mostly electrical) to the Yukon and N.W.T. The N.C.P.C. reports to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Additional information

Donated to the National Archives in 1989 by Mr. Nickerson

Location of duplicates note
Reproduction of Whitehorse Power Installation available in accession file.

Subject heading

1. Legislators - Canada, [1979-1984] Canada. Parliament. House of Commons, 1979-1984]
2. Politicians - Northwest Territories, [1979-1984] Canada. Parliament. House of Commons, [1979-1984]
3. Constituents (Political) - Northwest Territories, [1974-1979] Northern Canada Power Commission, [1973-1989]
4. Northwest Territories - Politics and government, [1979-1988]


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1990-307 DAP
2. 117-02009-5