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2005 - 2006 (Creation)
- British Columbia. Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
1995 - 2006 (Creation)
- British Columbia. Ministry of Attorney General
1995 - 2001 (Creation)
- British Columbia. Ministry of Aboriginal 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 records consist of briefing notes prepared for the executive of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and the Ministry of Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations. As such, the records consist primarily of summarized information on issues and recommendations for decisions related to treaty negotiation and other Aboriginal issues in British Columbia. Some files contain supplementary information on issues, such as: interoffice communications; correspondence (with law offices, First Nations groups, businesses, and other provincial bodies); relevant legislation; newspaper clippings; and reports. Although treaty negotiation and land claim issues are the primary subjects of the briefing notes, the notes also cover a variety of issues including cost-sharing initiatives between the federal and provincial governments and areas of responsibility, gaming and gambling, environmental issues, protests and blockades, and funding initiatives. Additionally, many of the records cover the McLeod Lake Indian Band, Nisga’a Nation, the Sechelt Indian Band [shíshálh Nation], the Skeetchestn Indian Band, and Treaty 8.
The majority of the records were created by the Ministry of Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations Office. The duties, powers and functions of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs respecting negotiations, negotiations support and treaty settlement and implementation costs were transferred to the Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiation in 2001 (OIC 0565-2001), at the same time that the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs was disestablished. The Treaty Negotiations Office (TNO) reported to the Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations and was responsible for land claims negotiations, and interim measures, including treaty-related measures. The TNO is comprised of the same treaty teams as existed previously, as well as the Aboriginal Relations Branch, which has responsibility for non-treaty issues and works with First Nations outside of the treaty process. The TNO shares some corporate services with the Ministry for the Attorney General but is a separate agency. Some files also contain information on the Treaty Negotiations Office, including its mandate and primary functions. Geoff Plant served as Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations Office between 2001-2005 and Philip Steenkamp served as Deputy Minister.
Briefing notes created prior to June 2001 were created for the executive of the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Additional executive briefing notes related to Aboriginal issues can be found in GR-3538.
Files are comprised of briefing books or briefing binders. Generally, these files are arranged chronologically. Within each file or binder, records are arranged either chronologically or alphabetically. Most files contain an index of records.
Records correspond to ARCS 280-20: Executive briefing notes.