Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources, 1950-1974

Identity area

Type of entity

Primary Agency

Authorized form of name

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources, 1950-1974

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Department of Natural Resources

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence

1950-1974

History

On April 8, 1950, the Department of Natural Resources and Industrial Development became known as the Department of Natural Resources. The department's administrative officers included a minister, a deputy minister, an assistant/associate deputy minister and directors at the branch/division level. Other departmental personnel included surveyors, conservation officers, engineers, and controllers along with administrative staff. The department's head office was located in Regina with a second office in Prince Albert. Field staff were primarily stationed in northern Saskatchewan communities such as La Ronge, Uranium City, Cumberland House and Stony Rapids.

Throughout its existence, the department's organizational structure was based on its primary areas of responsibility as follows: forestry; fisheries; wildlife; parks; lands; the Museum of Natural History; conservation education; construction; surveys; communications and northern administration. Administrative changes included branch name changes and branch amalgamation. The department underwent a major reorganization effective April 1, 1964, when the functions of the department were reorganized into three major sectors: Resource; Recreation; and Northern Affairs.

During its existence, the department was assigned several responsibilities additional to its core functions. The department maintained a Mineral Resources Branch from its inception until April 1, 1953, when the branch became the newly created Department of Mineral Resources. The department became responsible for administering the province's historic sites program around 1953 and, with the exception of two years in the late 1950s, retained responsibility for it until 1973. The Indian and Metis Branch was established on April 1, 1965 to plan, coordinate and implement training and job placement programs for Indian and Metis people.

On April 1, 1974, the Department of Natural Resources and the Tourist Branch of the Department of Industry and Commerce were amalgamated to form the Department of Tourism and Renewable Resources.

Places

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

The primary mandate of the Department of Natural Resources was to manage and protect Saskatchewan's natural resources, including lands, forests, minerals, wildlife, and fish. The department's core functions included: administering the disposition of resources; issuing licenses and permits for their use; forest fire control; maintaining Saskatchewan's basic survey system; developing provincial parks and other public recreation areas; public education; and collecting, displaying and disseminating information on the province's natural history.

Mandates/sources of authority

The Department of Natural Resources Act (R.S.S. 1931, c.11)

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development (1944-1950)

Identifier of the related entity

GA 13

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources, 1950-1974 is the successor of Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources and Industrial Development

Related entity

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Tourism and Renewable Resources

Identifier of the related entity

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Saskatchewan. Dept. of Tourism and Renewable Resources is the successor of Saskatchewan. Dept. of Natural Resources, 1950-1974

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Place access points

Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

GA 61

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Rules for Archival Description (RAD)

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Authority record created on 2011-06-20. Approved 2012-01-04. Last modified on 2017-11-29.

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Script(s)

Sources

AMICUS Authorities - no entry found.
Department of Natural Resources Annual Reports
Saskatchewan Executive and Legislative Directory (SELD)

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