Series GR-3679 - Aboriginal health program files

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Aboriginal health program files

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  • 1981-2009 (Creation)

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77 cm 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.

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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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The series consists of correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, grant application forms and statistics regarding alcohol, smoking and drug counselling programs for First Nations individuals in BC during the 1980s and the mid 2000s. The series includes 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 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 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.


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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

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