Series GR-3581 - Fur management files

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Fur management files

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the ministry’s transfer documentation.

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GR-3581

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  • 1962-1986 (Creation)

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76 cm of textual records

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(1966-)

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The Game Commission was established in 1934 and constituted by legislative authority in the following year, replacing the Provincial Game Commissioner. It reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Dept. of the Attorney-General. On April 1, 1957 the Game Commission under the Dept. of the Attorney-General name was changed to the Fish and Game Branch of the Dept. of Recreation and Conservation. In 1966 the Fish and Game Branch changed its name to Fish and Wildlife Branch. The branch was transferred in December 1978 to Ministry of the Environment

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(1934-1966)

Biographical history

The Game Commission was established in 1934 and constituted by legislative authority in the following year, replacing the Provincial Game Commissioner. It reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Dept. of the Attorney-General. On April 1, 1957 the Game Commission under the Dept. of the Attorney-General name was changed to the Fish and Game Branch of the Dept. of Recreation and Conservation. In 1966 the Fish and Game Branch changed its name to Fish and Wildlife Branch.

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(1984-)

Biographical history

The Wildlife Branch was formed in 1984 when the Fish and Wildlife Branch split to form the Fisheries Branch and the Wildlife Branch.

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Series consists of records created as part of the BC Government’s management and regulation of trapping. The files were created between 1950 and 1986 by the Fish and Game Branch and, its successors, the Fish and Wildlife Branch, and Wildlife Branch. The administration of trapping during this period was governed by the Wildlife Act (SBC 1966, c. 55).

The records are arranged chronologically in two subseries: subject files and fur trader returns. The subject files cover a wide range of subjects including fur trade management, fur sales reports, BC Hydro, professional organizations, the Trapping Advisory Committee and the Committee on Humane Trapping. Some of the documents have been given numbers that correspond with classification numbers in the Fish and Wildlife file classification system. These numbers (15, 17 and 63) relate to the subjects of fur trade, traplines and fur bearers.

The fur trader returns consist of forms completed by the trappers that list their name, their location, licence number and the total number and types of animals trapped.

The Government Records Management Branch appraised these records for retention and selectively retained a portion of the files in 1992 and 2005. The subject files were sampled and a small number were selected for retention.

The fur trader returns were selectively retained. For the trapping seasons 1967-68 to 1974-75, all forms for one zone were selected for each year. Beginning with the 1979-80 season, selected months for each year were retained. There were no fur trader returns forms for the 1975-76 to 1978-79 seasons.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Environment in 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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Associated materials

See also GR-1085 for Trapline and Game Management Files.

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Accession number: 89-1846

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