Series GR-3781 - Land resource management planning files : First Nations

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Land resource management planning files : First Nations

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  • 1995-1997 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks

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17 cm of textual records

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The Ministry of Environment was established in 1975, under its first name Dept. of Environment, by an order in council (OIC 3838/75). The original functions of the Dept. of Environment were transferred from the Dept. of Lands, Forests and Water Resources, whose functions had been split between the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests. The department was responsible for the management and protection of land, air and water resources including Crown lands (except for matters under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Forests), water rights and pollution control. The department was divided into three branches: land and water management, environmental and engineering services, and environmental protection. Later in 1976, the Dept. of Environment was renamed the Ministry of the Environment (OIC: 3199/76). In 1978, a major government reorganization transferred functions relating to lands and parks from the Ministry of the Environment to the newly established Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing. At the same time, the functions of marine resources, fish and wildlife were transferred from the disestablished Ministry of Recreation and Conservation. Environmental health engineering was transferred from the reorganized Ministry of Health and emergency programming from the reorganized Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Travel Industry. The reorganized Ministry of the Environment was divided into four branches: Land and Water Management, Environmental and Engineering Services, Environmental Protection, and Environment and Land Use Secretariat. In 1979 the name was revised as the Ministry of Environment, removing “the” (OIC 3018/78, see also RSBC 1979, c. 271). In 1986, the parks function from the Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing, was merged with the Ministry of Environment. As a result of this addition to its functions, the Ministry of Environment became known as the Ministry of Environment and Parks (OIC 1495/86). In 1988, the park function was removed and transferred to the newly established Ministry of Parks. As a result, the Ministry of Environment and Parks was renamed the Ministry of Environment. In 1991, the Ministry of Environment was disestablished. Its functions were then merged with the functions of the Ministry of Lands and Parks to create a new ministry called the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.

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This series consists of records related to land resource management planning activities, specifically those of the First Nations Working Group of the Integrated Resource Planning Committee who were responsible for the inquiry into First Nations’ consultation and participation in planning. The records come from the Evaluation and Economics Branch of the Policy, Planning and Legislation Department, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Specifically, most records appear to be those created and collected by Algis Janusauskas, co-chair of the First Nations Working Group. Records include his speaking notes for meetings and presentations, correspondence and annotated draft reports written by him or others within the branch or the working group.
The series does not appear to contain records from any actual consultations or negotiations with Indigenous groups, rather the records relate to ways the Ministry and Department might approach First Nations, survey the potential interests of First Nations in land-use planning and assess the lack of participation from Indigenous groups. It also includes reports that were produced after consultations with different Indigenous groups. A number of these reports were prepared internally and by external consulting groups. They include reports such as A Guiding Direction for First Nation Involvement in Land and Resource Management Planning, a socio-economic profile of the Okanagan and Shuswap First Nations, and a report on the processes for documenting First Nations’ interests in land and resource management planning. Other records include correspondence, background statements, meeting agendas and memos related to the process of determining the planning, goals, approaches and outcomes of the reports.

At the time of appraisal, the records were given file codes according to schedule 144100 (Resource Management Operational Records Classification System) and were filed under the primary and secondary numbers 17550-25 : RMP : Land and Resource Management Plans – First Nations consultation case files. The actual files have the file codes 30000-20/LRMFN written on them and are from an unknown schedule that was replaced with the above mentioned schedule.

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Accession number(s): 94-9669

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