Series GR-2982 - Minutes of decision of Joint Indian Reserve Commission

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Minutes of decision of Joint Indian Reserve Commission

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  • 1876-1980 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing

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Originals, 1980, 78 cm, coloured photocopies, 1876-1907, 1980, 78 cm
Microfilm, 3 reels [B16974-B16976]

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The Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing was established on December 5, 1978 by the amalgamation of the Parks Branch of the former Ministry of Recreation and Conservation, the land-related functions of Ministry of the Environment and the housing functions of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (OIC 3018/78).

The main functions of the ministry were to: (1) administer the Crown land resource of the Province; (2) to encourage outdoor recreation, establish parks and conserve the natural scenic and historic features of the Province; (3) to undertake programs relating to the provision of housing in the Province; (4) and to administer and enforce safety standards respecting recreational activities and services on Crown land.

The ministry was organized into three sections, one each for lands, parks and outdoor recreation, and housing. An assistant deputy minister headed each section. The Lands section was responsible for the Land Management Branch, Water Rights Branch, Legal Surveys Branch, and the University Endowment Lands Administration. The Parks and Outdoor Recreation section was responsible for preserving and managing the natural and historical heritage of the Province in terms of the lands, water, wildlife and historical resources to ensure their preservation, and to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to all residents. The Housing section was responsible for ensuring that all citizens had access to affordable housing of adequate quality.

The Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing was disestablished in 1986 (OIC 1491/86). All functions relating to parks and recreation were transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Parks. All functions relating to Crown lands were transferred to the Ministry of Forests and Lands. All housing functions were transferred to the Ministry of Social Services and Housing.

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Minutes of decision of Joint Indian Reserve Commission (1876-1878) of governments of Canada and British Columbia and of the Indian Reserve Commission (1878-1907) of the government of Canada regarding allotment of Indian reserves in British Columbia. Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports and coloured maps. Includes an item level precis of each document, created by the Dept. of Lands and dated 1980, for each box.

Although these records are called Joint Reserve Commission records, they probably form part of the British Columbia Department of Lands and Works fonds. Most of the records are stamped with the Lands and Works Dept. stamp and also have Lands and Works file numbers assigned.

This finding aid consists of a box and item list, which includes the item numbers and maps contained within each file. An item level precis of each document, created by the Dept. of Lands and dated 1980, is in the first file of each box.

At some point, the department stored the maps separately in binders and created a list arranged by "binder/map" numbers. Although the maps were reintegrated into the files before they were transferred to the BC Archives, the map list (in box 6, file 11) is still arranged by the old binder/map numbers. A conversion list from binder/map number to box, file and number is provided at the end of the finding aid.

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Transferred by the Surveyor General Branch, Lands and Water Management Dept., Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, 1995. A separate list of maps was transferred in 1997.


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Accession number(s): 92-5205


Researchers are required to use the photocopied records.

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