Series GR-3679 - Aboriginal health program files

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Aboriginal health program files

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  • 1981-2010 (Creation)

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1.2 m of textual records and electronic records

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The Medical Services Commission was established on July 1, 1968 under the Medical Services Act (c. 24, SBC 1967) and is responsible for administering the provision and payment of medical services in BC through the Medical Services Plan. The Commission’s mandate is to “facilitate reasonable access throughout BC to quality medical care, health care, and diagnostic facility services for BC residents.” The Commission operates under the legal authority of the Medicare Protection Act and related Regulations. The Commission is also responsible for managing the Available Amount, a fund which is established to pay practitioners for medical services and which is set annually by government.

In 1994, the Commission expanded to a nine-member body. Membership consists of three government representatives, three representatives from the Doctors of BC, and three representatives from the public. Public members are nominated by government and the Doctors of BC.

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The Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport was established in June 23, 2008 (OIC 430/2008). The mandate of the ministry is to publicize healthy living through the promotion of health initiatives and disease prevention, and the promotion of sports activities. When the government established this ministry in 2008, functions from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Community Services, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture were transferred to this ministry. In 2010 the ministry was disestablished and functions were transferred to the Ministry of Health Services, Ministry of the Environment, and Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (OIC 652/2010).

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In 2008, the Ministry of Health Services was established replacing the Ministry of Health (OIC 430/2008). The ministry was responsible for British Columbia’s health system. It did this by setting goals, standards, and expectations for health service delivery by health authorities and other service providers; leadership, providing direction and support to service delivery partners; directly managing provincial programs and services such as the Medical Services Plan, Pharmacare, the B.C. Vital Statistics Agency and the Emergency Health Services Commission; monitoring and evaluating the delivery of health services and the health of the population. The Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Health in 2011 (OIC 62/2011).

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Records were transferred from their respective creating bodies to the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal Health branch of the Ministry of Health.

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This series consists of aboriginal health initiatives program or project development and monitoring files from 1981-2010. The records relate to the development of programs to address the health needs of Indigenous people throughout all regions of the province, including health initiatives in urban centres. Records include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, grant application forms and statistics. Records were created by the Native Health, Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Healthy Living groups under various health related Ministries over time.

Many of the files in accession 91-0802 related to alcohol, smoking and drug counselling programs for First Nations individuals in BC during the 1980s and the mid 2000s. These records include information on specific workshops, projects, and treatment centres across BC, including the Honour Your Health challenge and the Kick the Nic program. Records were created by the Native Health section of the Medical Services Commission and by the Aboriginal Health section of the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport. Records in this series document the development and monitoring of health programs for Aboriginal citizens as well as liaison activities for Urban Aboriginal Health Centres. Records in accession 96-0893 also document the work of the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development group, an international working group of which the BC government was a member.

Records in accession 96-1250 include files on a variety of programs including the Cowichan Valley Hul'q'umi'num Health Services Working Group, First Nations Health Forum, The Path to Health & Wellness Committee, Stehlaq Aboriginal Healing Society, Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre Feasibility Analysis, and additional files on the Honour Your Health challenge.

Records in this series are covered by ORCS 70050-20, 70050-30, and 70050-50 of the Aboriginal Health Program ORCS (schedule 128755). Records have been selected for full retention.

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Records were transferred from the Rural, Remote and Aboriginal Health branch of the Ministry of Health in May 2016 and 2017.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number(s) : 91-0802, 96-0893, 96-1250

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