Series GR-3364 - Ministry of Environment films and videotapes

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Ministry of Environment films and videotapes

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  • [ca. 1930]-[ca. 1985]; predominant 1941-1983 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Environment (1979-1986)

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Biographical history

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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The series consists of film footage, films and videotapes that were shot or produced by branches of the Ministry of Environment, as well as some non-Ministry productions that were circulated by its Information Services Branch. Activities of the Fish and Wildlife Branch and the Parks Branch are depicted.

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Ministry of the Enviroment, 1982-1987.


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Accession number(s): F1982:06; F1985:23; F1986:14; F1986:17; F1987:17, F1990:01; V1981:15; V1987:37

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Portions of this series were previously described under AAAA8073, AAAA8078, AAAA8079 and GR-3369.


Moving image originals are in in cool or cold storage.

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