An Act for the temporary Government of Rupert's Land and the North-Western
Territory when united with Canada.
[Assented to 22nd June, 1869.]
||WHEREAS it is probable that Her Majesty the Queen may, pursuant to
"The British North America Act, 1867," be pleased to admit Rupert's Land
and the North-Western Territory into the Union or Dominion of Canada, before the next Session
of the Canadian Parliament : And whereas it is expedient to prepare for
the transfer of the said Territories from the Local Authorities to the
Government of Canada, at the time appointed by the Queen for such
admission, and to make some temporary provision for the Civil Government
of such Territories until more permanent arrangements can be made by the
Government and Legislature of Canada ; Therefore, Her Majesty, by and
with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of
Canada, enacts as follows:
|Name of territories.
||1. The said Territories when admitted as aforesaid, shall be
styled and known as "The North-West Territories."
|Appointment and functions of Lieutenant Governor.
Power to him to make laws.
|2. It shall be lawful for the Governor, by any Order or
Orders, to be by him from time to time made, with the advice of the
Privy Council, (and subject to such conditions and restrictions as to
him shall seem meet) to authorize and empower such Officer as he may
from time to time appoint as Lieutenant-Governor of the North-West
Territories, to make provision for the administration of Justice
therein, and generally to make, ordain, and establish all such Laws,
Institutions and Ordinances as may be necessary for the Peace, Order and
good Government of Her Majesty's subjects and others therein ; provided
that all such Orders in Council, and all Laws and Ordinances, so to be
made as aforesaid, shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament as
soon as conveniently may be after the making and enactment thereof
|Instructions to Lieutenant Governor.
||3. The Lieutenant-Governor shall administer the Government
under instructions from time to time given him by Order in Council
|Appointment of Council to Lieutenant Governor.
||4. The Governor may, with the advice of the
Privy Council, constitute and appoint, by Warrant under his Sign Manual,
a Council of not exceeding fifteen nor less than seven persons, to aid
the Lieutenant-Governor in the administration of affairs, with such
powers as may be from time to time conferred upon them by Order in
|Existing laws to remain in force.
||5. All the Laws in force in Rupert's Land and
the North-Western Territory, at the time of their admission into the
Union, shall so far as they are consistent with "The British North
America Act, 1867," - with the terms and conditions of such admission
approved of by the Queen under the 146th section thereof, - and with this
Act, - remain in force until altered by the Parliament of Canada, or by
the Lieutenant Governor under the authority of this Act.
|Public officers, &c., to retain office.
||6. All Public Officers and Functionaries holding
office in Rupert's Land and the North- Western Territory, at the time of
their admission into the Union, excepting the Public Officer or
Functionary at the head of the administration of affairs, shall continue
to be Public Officers and Functionaries of the North-West Territories
with the same duties and powers as before, until otherwise ordered by
the Lieutenant Governor, under the authority of this Act.
|Duration of this Act.
||7. This Act shall continue in force until the end of the next
Session of Parliament.