P.C. No. 3388—No. 29, 1897.
EXTRACT FROM ORDER IN COUNCIL (DOMINION) OF THE 18th DECEMBER, 1897, ESTABLISHING PROVISIONAL DISTRICTS IN THE UNORGANIZED PORTIONS OF CANADA.
On a Report, dated 10th December, 1897, from the Minister of the Interior, stating that by Order in Council of the 2nd October, 1895, the unorganized portions of Canada were divided into Provisional Districts, four new districts being created and changes made in the boundaries of one of the old districts. It was further provided that at the next session of Parliament, a Bill should be introduced having for its object the addition of territory to the District of Keewatin. Shortly after the date of the above Order deficiencies were found in the description of the district boundaries, and as doubts existed as to the form of the proposed amendments to the Keewatin Act, no steps were taken to carry out the directions of the Order.
The Minister recommends that the Order in Council of the 2nd of October, 1895, be cancelled, and that such legislation as may be necessary be introduced at the next session of Parliament to authorize the division of the portions of Canada not comprised within any Province into nine Provisional Districts in accordance with the annexed description and map.1
The Minister adds that should these recommendations be approved, the Districts of Assiniboia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Athabasca will remain as they were established by the Order in Council of the 2nd October, 1895, and previous Orders, but the boundaries of Ungava, Keewatin, Mackenzie, Yukon and Franklin will be slightly changed.
The Committee submit the above recommendations for Your Excellency's approval.
To the Honourable(Signed) JOHN J. McGEE,
The Minister of the Interior.Clerk of the Privy Council.
N.B.—Published in the “ Canada Gazette ” of 4th June, 1898, Vol. 31, No. 49, for the fourth consecutive week.
1 This map is reproduced in supplementary Maps in the Canadian Atlas, Vide Map no. 38.
With P.C. No. 3388-1897 ; Ref. 455,482 on 389,977.
(ANNEX “ A ” to P.C. 3388, 18th December, 1897).
DESCRIPTION OF PROVISIONAL DISTRICTS.
The District of Ungava (outlined purple on the map herewith) containing about 456,000 square miles, bounded as follows :—
On the West by the District of Keewatin ; on the South by the Province of Quebec ; on the East by the territory under the jurisdiction of Newfoundland ; on the North by a line drawn along the middle of Hudson Strait and a continuation of said line passing between Salisbury and Nottingham Islands to the eastern boundary of Keewatin.
The District of Franklin (situated inside of the grey border on the map herewith) comprising Melville and Boothia Peninsulas, Baffin, North Devon, Ellesmere, Grant, North Somerset, Prince of Wales, Victoria, Wollaston, Prince Albert and Banks Lands, the Perry Islands and all those lands and islands comprised between the one hundred and forty-first meridian of longitude west of Greenwich on the west, and Davis Strait, Baffin Bay, Smith Sound, Kennedy Channel and Robeson Channel on the east, which are not included in any other Provisional District.