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NWT Historical Timeline

Welcome to our story -- the story of the Northwest Territories. The exhibits on this timeline represent some of the important moments, events, people and ideas in the North.

Attached to each event are resources collected and housed at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. These resources bring our history to life through photographs, documents, video clips, audio tracks and an amazing array of objects from the archives and museum collections.

NEW! A crossword puzzle has been developed that you can use to explore the Timeline. To download the puzzle please click here. Answers can be found here.

NEW! Nationalism in the North: Exploring Land Claims and Treaties with the Historical Timeline of the Northwest Territories - A Resource for Teachers of Social Studies 20-1 and 20-2 (PDF - 4 Mb)
The Nationalism in the North Teacher’s Guide uses the new McGraw-Hill Ryerson (2008) texts (Exploring Nationalism and Understanding Nationalism) and the Oxford (2008) text (Perspectives on Nationalism) to ensure teachers have a match with what they are required to teach, while incorporating examples of nationalism from northern history by using the Historical Timeline of the Northwest Territories and other tools.

Launch the Timeline

How to Navigate the Timeline:
Choose an era by clicking on a date range:
Choose an event by clicking on the image:
Scroll through events by using the arrows or the canoe:

Artifact Photo Audio Document Video Map
Artifacts Photos Audio Documents Video Maps

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This project was made possible by the financial assistance
of the Department of Canadian Heritage:

Canadian Heritage