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- British Columbia. Heritage Conservation Branch
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The Heritage Conservation Branch, now called the Heritage Branch, is responsible for the planning, development and management of heritage resources in British Columbia. Heritage resources include archaeological, historic, architectural and palaeontological sites.
Prior to 1977 responsibilities for heritage resources were divided between the Ministry of Provincial Secretary and the Ministry of Recreation and Conservation. The Ministry of Provincial Secretary administered the Archaeological and Historical Sites Protection Act and provided support services for the Archaeological Sites Advisory Board (ASAB). The Ministry of Recreation and Conservation, through its Historic Parks and Sites Division, Parks Branch, administered the planning and development of historic sites.
Established in 1977, the branch was initially under the Ministry of Recreation and Conservation, and then transferred in December 1978 to the newly reorganized Ministry of the Provincial Secretary and Government Services. Prior to June 1983, the branch also provided support services to the Provincial Heritage Advisory Board.
The Heritage Conservation Branch has fallen under government ministries, as follows: the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Recreation and Culture from 1988-07-06 to 1991-11-04; the Ministry of Tourism from 1991-11-05 to 1993-09-14; the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture from 1993-09-15 to 2001-06-04; the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services from 2001-06-05 to 2005-06-15; the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts from 2005-06-16 to 2008-06-22; the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts 2008-06-23 to 2010-10-24; the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations from 2010-10-25 to 2017-07-17; the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development from 2017-07-18 to present (2018).
The Heritage Conservation Branch was renamed “Heritage Branch” effective 1995-08-01.
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