1970 The NWT Centennial

On June 23rd, 1870 an Imperial Order-in-Council transferred areas of North America that were under the control of the Hudson’s Bay Company to the new Dominion of Canada. This vast territory was then renamed “The North-West Territories” and included all of present-day Yukon Territory, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and parts of present-day Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador. The spelling of the name changed to Northwest Territories with the 1906 passing of the “Northwest Territories Act”

To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the creation of the Northwest Territories many special events were held. These included a Royal Tour by Queen Elizabeth II, a re-creation of the famous Dawson Patrol, an archaeological excavation of Old Fort Providence (map), special dogsled mail runs, a Mackenzie River canoe race from Fort Providence to Inuvik, the first Arctic Winter Games, the Top-of-the-World Ski meet, and the creation of our distinctive polar bear license plate.