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Aboriginal policy and program development files
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The Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs was established in 1991 as the successor to the Ministry of Native Affairs (OIC 1370/91). The purpose of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs was to:
(a) develop policy related to various native issues,
(b) coordinate inter-ministry work on program issues related to native affairs,
(c) establish and maintain liaison with Indian groups, local communities and the federal government respecting native affairs,
(d) administer the First Citizen's Fund Special Account.
In 1999, the Minister was charged with the administration of the Nisga'a Final Agreement Act. In the same year, the Minister was also charged with oversight responsibilities for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
In 2001, the core functions of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs were transferred to the newly-created Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services. Treaty negotiation functions were transferred to the Ministry of Attorney General (OIC 565/2001).
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In 2001 the Ministry of Municipal Affairs was renamed the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services (OIC 565/2001). Functions from the following disestablished ministries were also added: Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs; Ministry of Immigration and Multiculturalism; Ministry of Women's Equality; Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture; and Ministry of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers.
In 2005, the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women’s Services was renamed the Ministry of Community Services, and functions related to Aboriginal Affairs were transferred to the newly created Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (OIC 450/2005).
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This series consists of Aboriginal policy development files, 1995-2003. Files document the development of the provincial government's aboriginal socio-economic policy, as well as socio-economic issues of concern to the Metis, off-reserve, and non-status indigenous political organizations addressed at tripartite policy tables. Records include reports, cabinet submissions, correspondence, reference materials, records of decision, conference and committee records, work plans, agendas, briefing notes, agreements, and memorandums of understandings. Files are arranged by file number and generally grouped by subject.
Records regard the Vancouver urban development agreement focusing on the Downtown Eastside, the creation of a National Aboriginal Youth Forum, best practices in creating a National Aboriginal Youth Strategy, Federal Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Forum and steering committee, Provincial Aboriginal Social-Economic Strategy, Tripartite Self-Governance Negotiations with the Metis Provincial Council and United Native Nations, and Urban Aboriginal Strategy.
Records in this series are covered by ORCS 32050-30 of the Aboriginal Programs and Services ORCS (schedule 143921).
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Transferred from the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, 2016.
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Accession numbers: 95-0927, 95-0751