Minister of Northern Affairs
|Minister of Northern Affairs
Ministre des Affaires du Nord
|Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada|
|Appointer||Monarch (represented by the governor general);|
on the advice of the prime minister
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Precursor||Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs|
|Inaugural holder||Dan Vandal|
|Formation||20 November 2019|
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politics and government of
Since 20 November 2019, the position has been held by Dan Vandal.
In 1953, the role of minister of northern affairs and national resources was created as a formal successor to the minister of resources and development, receiving the previous position's roles with an additional focus on territorial and Inuit relations. Similarly, the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources was created in the same legislation to replace the previous Department of Resources and Development.
In 1966, the portfolio's responsibilities were divided between the new posts of minister of indian affairs and northern development and minister of energy, mines and resources, which were given the majority of the northern affairs and national resources portfolios, respectively.
In 2019, the northern affairs portfolio of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) was assigned back to a separate minister of northern affairs, who works within CIRNAC with the minister of crown-indigenous relations.
Ministers of Northern Affairs
|No.||Portrait||Name||Term of office||Political party||Ministry|
|Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources|
|1||Jean Lesage||16 December 1953||21 June 1957||Liberal||17 (St. Laurent)|
|2||Douglas Harkness||21 June 1957||18 August 1957||Progressive Conservative||18 (Diefenbaker)|
|Vacant||19 August 1957||21 August 1957|
|3||Alvin Hamilton||22 August 1957||10 October 1960||Progressive Conservative|
|4||Walter Dinsdale||11 October 1960||22 April 1963||Progressive Conservative|
|5||Arthur Laing||22 December 1963||30 September 1966||Liberal||19 (Pearson)|
|Responsibilities under Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1966-2019)[a]|
|Minister of Northern Affairs|
|6||Dan Vandal||20 November 2019||Incumbent||Liberal||29 (J. Trudeau)|
- The role was referred to as Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development for most of this period (1966-2011), then evolved through a series of other titles including:
- Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (2011-2015)
- Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs (2015-2017)
- Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (2017-2018)
- Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations (2018-2019)
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- An Act respecting the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources, S.C. 1953-1954, c. 4
- Government Organization Act, 1966, S.C. 1966-1967, c. 25, s. 40-41,45
- "Seventeenth Ministry - The Ministries - Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation". Privy Council Office.
- "Eighteenth Ministry - The Ministries - Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation". Privy Council Office.
- "Nineteenth Ministry - The Ministries - Guide to Canadian Ministries since Confederation". Privy Council Office.
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