Fondos F-26000 - The MacKenzie Pipeline Inquiry Fonds

Área de título y declaración de responsabilidad

Título apropiado

The MacKenzie Pipeline Inquiry Fonds

Tipo general de material

Título paralelo

Otra información de título

Título declaración de responsabilidad

Título notas

Nivel de descripción


Código de referencia

CA ON00415 F-26000

Área de edición

Declaración de edición

Declaración de responsabilidad de edición

Área de detalles específicos de la clase de material

Mención de la escala (cartográfica)

Mención de proyección (cartográfica)

Mención de coordenadas (cartográfica)

Mención de la escala (arquitectónica)

Jurisdicción de emisión y denominación (filatélico)

Área de fechas de creación


  • April 1975 - October 1976. LAC Web site: 1970 - 1977 (Criação)
    The Mackenzie Pipeline Inquiry

Área de descripción física

Descripción física

6.4 metres

Área de series editoriales

Título apropiado de las series del editor

Títulos paralelos de serie editorial

Otra información de título de las series editoriales

Declaración de responsabilidad relativa a las series editoriales

Numeración dentro de la serie editorial

Nota en las series editoriales

Área de descripción del archivo

Nombre del productor

(April 1975 - October 1976)

Historia administrativa

Source: Library and Archives Canada, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development fonds
Copyright: Copyright belongs to the Crown.
The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry was established by P. C. 1974-641 of 21 March 1974. Justice Thomas R. Berger was empowered "to inquire into and report upon the terms and conditions that should be The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry was established by P. C. 1974- 641 of 21 March 1974. Justice Thomas R. Berger was empowered "to inquire into and report upon the terms and conditions that should be imposed in respect of any right-of-way that might be granted across Crown lands for the purposes of the proposed Mackenzie Valley Pipeline." The Inquiry was to pay special regard to "the social, environmental, and economic impact regionally of the construction, operation and subsequent abandonment of the proposed pipeline in the Yukon and Northwest Territories." Berger was authorized to hold hearings in the Territories and elsewhere, summon witnesses to testify under oath, compel the production of documents, and engage the services of engineers, technical advisers, legal council, and suitable clerical and reporting assistance. His final two-volume Report appeared during 1977. Volume I, Northern Frontier Northern Homeland, dealt in broad general terms with the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of an energy corridor and gas pipeline in the Mackenzie Valley, and with the issue of native claims. Volume II, Terms and Conditions, dealt with the social, economic, environmental and
technical and construction conditions to be imposed if the pipeline were built and the energy corridor established. The main recommendations were that, because of environmental factors, no pipeline or energy corridor should be permitted across the Northern Yukon; that delivery of Alaskan gas to the Lower 48 States would be best accomplished by the Alaskan Highway route; that the construction of a pipeline along the Mackenzie Valley would be feasible from an environmental point of view; and that any Mackenzie Valley pipeline of energy corridor should be postponed for ten years to allow for a settlement of native land claims. The National Energy Board reached similar conclusions and the Government
adopted the Alaska Highway Route as official policy and on that basis concluded an agreement with the United States. The Reports, which were presented to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, were based on presentations and arguments brought forth by a number of native, environmental and oil and gas companies. Preliminary hearings were at Yellowknife, Inuvik, Whitehorse and Ottawa during May and June 1974 and again at Yellowknife in September 1974. Preliminary rulings were issued on 12
July and 29 October 1974. Commencing 3 March 1975, a week of overview hearings began at Yellowknife where a number of participants made opening statements without cross-examination, on the general subjects of importance to the inquiry. Those making presentations were: the Canadian Arctic Gas Pipeline Limited; Foothills Pipelines Limited; Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CAR) representing the Canadian Nature Federation, Federation of Ontario Naturalists, Pollution Prove, and the Canadian Environmental Law
Association; Commission Counsel; Special Counsel; Committee for Original Peoples Entitlement (COPE); Council for Yukon Indians; Environment Protection Board; Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories/Metis Association of the Northwest Territories; Northwest Territories Mental Health Association; Northwest Territories Association of Municipalities; Northwest Territories Chamber of Commerce; and the Imperial Oil Limited, Gulf Oil Limited, and Shell Canada Limited.
Formal hearings began on 11 March 1975 with the witnesses called by each participant presenting evidence that was subject to crossexamination.
In addition to the formal hearings, the Inquiry travelled between April 1975 and August 1976 to all 35 communities in the Mackenzie Valley region, the Delta and Beaufort Sea Region and the Northern Yukon to hear evidence from residents in their own languages in their home communities. In May and June 1976, hearings were also held in ten major centres throughout Canada from Vancouver to Halifax. The hearings ended in Yellowknife on 19 November 1976 following a week of final arguments by the participants. The records of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry were transferred to the National Archives of Canada in February 1978. All records are open to the public for research purposes. 1974: The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry under Mr. Justice Thomas R. Berger was created to investigate the conditions under which Arctic gas could be transported from the Mackenzie Delta to southern markets. The Northern Pipelines unit of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development worked with the Berger Commission from 1974 to 1977 by supplying staff and expertise for this widely publicized study. The possible impact of northern pipeline construction on social and cultural life, and on native land claims, which was
highlighted by the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry and the contemporary Alaska Highway Pipeline Inquiry (Lysyk Commission), increased the importance of the pipeline and environmental units of the Northern Affairs Program.

Historial de custodia

Alcance y contenido

Transcripts from interviews done with tribes regarding the environmental/scientific aspects of the Mackenzie Delta pipeline (forerunner of the Keystone pipeline issue of today).
An Inquiry established by an Order in Council of the Canadian federal government. The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, chaired by Mr. Justice Thomas Berger, began public hearings in April 1975 and completed them in October 1976.
An Inquiry established by an Order in Council of the Canadian federal government. The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, chaired by Mr. Justice Thomas Berger, began public hearings in April 1975 and completed them in October 1976.

Área de notas

Condiciones físicas


Origen del ingreso


Idioma del material

  • inglés

Escritura del material

Ubicación de los originales

Disponibilidad de otros formatos

Restricciones de acceso

By Appointment Only

Condiciones de uso, reproducción, y publicación

If records are available, the following costs may apply:
Printed Paper Copies: 10 cents per page
Digitized PDF files: $2 per file
Digitized Photographs: $1 per photograp

Materiales asociados

Materiales relacionados


Nota general

Fonds F-26000 - The MacKenzie Pipeline Inquiry Fonds:
F-26000.01 Reports
F-26000.02 Synopsis of Evidence
F-26000.03 Proceedings

Identificador/es alternativo(os)

Área de número estándar

Número estándar

Puntos de acceso

Puntos de acceso por materia

Puntos de acceso por lugar

Puntos de acceso por autoridad

Tipo de puntos de acceso

Área de control

Identificador de registro de descripción

Identificador de la institución

Reglas o convenciones

Estado de elaboración

Nivel de detalle

Fechas de creación, revisión o eliminación

Idioma de descripción

Escritura de la descripción


Área de Ingreso

Materias relacionadas

Personas y organizaciones relacionadas

Lugares relacionados

Tipos relacionados