Fonds BF 3 - Robert W. Mitchell fonds

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Robert W. Mitchell fonds

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BF 3

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  • 1986-1998 (Accumulation)
  • 1933-1998 (predominant: 1986-1998) (Creation)
    Mitchell, Robert W., 1936-2016
  • 1933-1998 (predominant: 1986-1998) (Creation)
    Shillington, Edward Blain (Ned), 1944-

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28.220m of textual records
78 photographs
5 videocassettes
5 audio cassettes
5 computer disks
11 maps

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Biographical history

Robert Wayne Mitchell was born on March 29, 1936 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan to Charles Stuart and Beda Annette (Abrahamson) Mitchell. He was raised on a farm near Sturgis and graduated from Sturgis Composite High School in 1954. Mitchell earned Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in 1957 and 1959 respectively.

After graduation, Mitchell articled with a Regina law firm and was admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar in June, 1960. He practiced law in Swift Current and Regina until August, 1970. He then moved to Ottawa, Ontario to work for the Federal Government as Director of Legal Services with the Department of Regional Economic Expansion and Department of Labour. In 1974 he worked as a Labour Relations Expert with the International Labour Organization in the Caribbean. After returning to Saskatchewan and serving as Deputy Minister of Labour for Saskatchewan from 1974 to 1979, Mitchell practiced law and was a senior partner in Mitchell Taylor Romanow Ching, a Saskatoon law firm. He also served on various panels and boards as a consultant, mediator and negotiator. Mitchell was chairman of the Key Lake Board of Inquiry (1979-1980) and was the federal government's chief negotiator for Inuit land claims in the Central and Eastern Arctic (1981-1982).

Mitchell's involvement in provincial politics began in 1982, when he ran unsuccessfully as the New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate in the Saskatoon Fairview constituency. He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1986 and served as the NDP member for Saskatoon Fairview until 1999.

Mitchell held various portfolios in the Roy Romanow Government, serving as Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (1991-1992); Provincial Secretary (1991-1992); Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1991-1995); and Minister of Labour (1992). He resigned from Cabinet on February 20, 1995 and was reappointed on April 5, 1995. He served as Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1995); Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training (1995-1997); and Minister of Labour (1996-1998). He was also Minister Responsible for numerous agencies, boards and commissions, including the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission (1992-1995) and the Saskatchewan New Careers Corporation (1995-1997).

Mitchell resigned from Cabinet on September 21, 1998 and vacated his seat in the Legislative Assembly on January 18, 1999. Chris Axworthy (NDP) became MLA for Saskatoon Fairview in the June 28, 1999 by-election.

Mitchell became Chief Negotiator for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) in 1999, and later was appointed police complaints investigator for Saskatchewan in 2004 and chair of the Saskatchewan Public Complaints Commission in 2009.

Robert Mitchell died on November 18, 2016.

Mitchell married Sandra Gail Stolson, a lawyer, on October 18, 1968. They had six children: Janet, Roberta, Stephanie, Shannon, Donna and Alison.

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Born August 28, 1944 on a farm near Caron, Saskatchewan, Edward Blain 'Ned' Shillington received his early education at Grayburn Public School. He attended St. Louis High School in Moose Jaw, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law in 1967. Shillington articled in Regina and practiced law in Moosomin from 1968-1971 prior to entering politics.

After a failed attempt to win a seat for the New Democratic Party in Moosomin in 1970, Shillington was appointed Executive Assistant to the Attorney-General in 1971, and served in this position until 1975.

First elected to the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly as a New Democratic Party member for Regina Centre Constituency in 1975, Shillington later served as MLA for the Regina Churchill-Downs and Regina Northeast Constituency until his retirement in July 1999.

He has held numerous Cabinet portfolios in the Blakeney and Romanow Governments: Minister of Co-operation and Co-operative Development (1975-1977), Minister of Consumer Affairs (1975-1976), Minister of Government Services (1976-1978), Minister of Culture and Youth (1977-1980), Minister of Education (1978-1979), Associate Minister of Finance (1992,1995), Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation (1992), Associate Minister of Finance (1992, 1995), Minister of Labour (1992-1995), Minister of Justice and Attorney General (1995), Minister of Intergovernmental Relations (1995-1996), Provincial Secretary (1995-1998), and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (1996-1997).

After leaving politics Shillington worked as a consultant on legislative process for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Regina. In June 2000 he became Vice-President of Points West Consulting Inc. responsible for the Alberta Region. He held that position until May 31, 2002, when he became an investment manager of a privately owned investment fund.

Shillington married Sonia (Koroscil) in 1970; they have two children, Ryan and Tara. The Shillingtons currently (2010) reside in Calgary, Alberta where Shillington is a private securities investor.

Custodial history

Records created by Ned Shillington in 1995 as Minister of Justice and Attorney General were identified in the Mitchell fonds at the time of arrangement.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1986 to 1998 by Robert W. Mitchell in his political career as Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Minister of Labour; Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training; Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission and Saskatchewan New Careers Corporation; and member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly for Saskatoon Fairview. A small volume of records created in 1995 by Ned Shillington as Minister of Justice and Attorney General are included.

Also included are political records Mitchell created, accumulated and used as a New Democratic Party (NDP) Opposition Critic; NDP Caucus member and NDP Caucus Co-Chair of Economic Development, Trade and the Environment Policy Commission.

This fonds consists of sixteen series: Constituency; Individual Casework; Meetings/Events; Minister of Justice and Attorney General, November 1, 1991 to December 31, 1992; Minister of Justice and Attorney General, 1993; Minister of Justice and Attorney General, 1994; Minister of Justice and Attorney General, 1995; Minister of Labour, 1997; Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training, November 22, 1995 to December 31, 1996; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan New Careers Corporation, November 22, 1995 to December 31, 1996; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Public Service Commission, September 29, 1992 to December 31, 1993; Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Public Service Commission, 1994; Minister's Office; Personal; Political; and Subject Files.

The types of records included are correspondence, memoranda, reports, publications, speeches, agendas and minutes, photographs, legal and financial documents, newspaper clippings, news releases, audio cassettes, video cassettes, maps and computer disks.

This fonds is missing records Mitchell created as Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment; Provincial Secretary; Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for various agencies, boards and commissions.

Public and private records are contained in this fonds.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

Robert Mitchell donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives, in two accessions in 1998: R98-263 ( August 31, 1998 ) and R98-265 (September 2, 1998).


Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. Series titles supplied by archivist. All sub-series and file titles provided by records creator except for those indicated in square brackets.
Most of the records were accompanied by file keys from Mitchell's ministerial offices.

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  • English

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Location of originals

Box number(s): 1-141

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Restrictions on access

These records are subject to access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act and/ or a donor agreement.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 3 consists of a fonds description, series descriptions, and file listings for textual records, maps, photographs, moving images, and sound recordings.

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Associated materials

Related material: Records created by Robert Mitchell in 1997 and 1998 as Acting Minister of Justice and Attorney General are located in the Eric Cline fonds (BF 20).

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

11 maps, 5 computer disks and 14 photographs were retained in the textual records to preserve context.
Location for retrieval: Regina - Maxwell


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders. All metal clips, elastic bands, and other fasteners were removed. Newspaper clippings were photocopied.

Alpha-numeric designations

Photographs: R-A28455 to R-A28462; R-A28482 to R-A28489; R-B13483; R-B13501 to R-B13505
Video cassettes: VT R-11774 to VT R-11778
Audio cassettes: R-15366 to R-15370

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BF 3

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BF 3

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Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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