In a cavernous Victorian office in Ottawa's forbidding Langevin Block, the Northwest Territories Council last week held its 171st session. The six public servants and one private citizen who make up the council are rulers over 1,253,438 square miles—more than a third of Canada—and over 12,028 whites, Indians and Eskimos whose cabins, tents and igloos dot the continent's most sparsely settled land (see map). For 42 years the council has met infrequently and in secret. Last week, for the first time, the session was public. Henceforth meetings will be monthly and open...

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