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1987-1995; predominant 1991-1994 (Creation)
- British Columbia. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
1987 - 1991 (Creation)
- British Columbia. Ministry of Native Affairs
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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, and (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.
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The series consists of executive briefing notes created and prepared for the Ministry executive of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs between 1987-1995. The Ministry executive includes the Minister, the Deputy Minister, and Assistant Deputy Ministers. The majority of the briefing notes were created during the time that Andrew Petter served as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (1991-1993).
The briefing notes within this series provide background information on a broad range of issues relevant to the relationship between Aboriginal peoples across British Columbia and the Provincial government. Their purpose is to provide summarized information on a variety of topics, including treaty negotiation, court cases, land claims, social issues, taxation, and environmental issues and conservation. They also contain preparatory notes for the Minister's speeches, meetings with various parties, and trips. In many cases, the briefing notes also contain recommendations for executive response (as such, these records are restricted under S. 13 – however, the 10 year period has expired in all cases). In addition to briefing notes, several files also contain documents likely consulted in order to create the briefing notes.
There are three types of briefing notes : Ministry overview; current issues; and specific briefing books (prepared for Minister’s trips or committee operations). In addition, issue papers are also created and are classified as “hot issues” as they typically deal with pressing current events. These types of records are all captured within this series.
The majority of briefing books and hot issues have an index included in the file. Within a file, records are arranged in reverse chronological order. There is no discernible order to the files themselves.
Additional executive briefing notes regarding Aboriginal issues can be found in GR-3555.
The briefing notes correspond to ARCS 280-20.
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- Petter, Andrew (Subject)