British Columbia Treaty Commission

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1. General Information

Background

The BC Treaty Commission ("BCTC") was created in September 1992 through an agreement between the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the First Nations Summit ("the Principals"), whose members represent the majority of First Nations in British Columbia.

The BCTC received statutory recognition through the Treaty Commission Act passed by the Legislature of British Columbia in April 1993 and through the BC Treaty Commission Act passed by the federal government in December 1995, both of which were proclaimed in force in March 1996. The First Nations Summit also passed a resolution in April 1993 to establish the BCTC.

Responsibilities

The role of the BCTC is to facilitate the negotiation of treaties and, where the Parties agree, other related agreements in British Columbia.

2. Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Administration

Responsible for finance, contracts and administration, human resources, and information management.

Table Negotiations

Responsible for monitoring and facilitating negotiations and providing advice and assistance in dispute resolution as agreed by the parties; monitoring compliance with the Commission's Policies & Procedures for negotiations.

Negotiation Support Funding

Responsible for administering negotiation support funding which is provided by Canada and British Columbia to First Nations in the process.

Communications

Responsible for reporting annually on the Treaty Commission, the treaty process, treaty negotiations and the status of each negotiation, and under a Public Information and Education Agreement with the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia begun in 1997, responsible for province-wide information on the treaty process and treaty negotiations.

Information Holdings

BCTC Process

Description: Records relating to the treaty process generally.

Document Types: Treaty process generally; BCTC Policies and Procedures; aboriginal policy issues; legal issues; land and resource issues; meetings and communications with Principals; Treaty Commission meetings.

Record Number: BCTC PRO 010

Communications

Description: Records relating to communication programs.

Document Types: Plans, Annual reports, newsletters, news releases, projects.

Record Number: BCTC COM 015

Negotiation Support Funding

Description: Records relating to the allocation of negotiation support funding.

Document Types: Funding agreements, budgets, workplans, audits.

Access: By negotiation table.

Record Number: BCTC NSF 010

Table Negotiations

Description: Records relating to progress of negotiations at all treaty negotiation tables.

Document Types: Information relating to Statements of Intent, Readiness Submissions, Framework Agreements, and Agreement in Principle negotiations.

Record Number: BCTC NEG 005

Internal Services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Financial Management

Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

  • Financial Management

Human Resources Management

Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

  • Classification of Positions
    • Staffing
  • Compensation and Benefits
    • Attendance and Leave
    • Pay and Benefits
  • Hospitality (COR)
    • Hospitality (PIB)
  • Labour Relations
    • Discipline
    • Harassment
    • Internal Disclosure of Wrongdoing in the Workplace
    • Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service
  • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Harassment
  • Performance Management Reviews (COR)
    • Discipline
    • Performance Management Reviews (PIB)
  • Recruitment and Staffing
    • Employee Personnel Record
    • Staffing
    • Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service
  • Training and Development (COR)
    • Training and Development (PIB)

Information Management

Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

  • Information Management
    • Automated Document, Records and Information Management Systems

Information Technology

Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

  • Information Technology
    • Electronic Network Monitoring

Legal Services

Legal Services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

  • Legal Services

Management And Oversight Services

Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

  • Internal Audit and Evaluation

Materiel

Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

  • Materiel Management

Travel And Other Administrative Services

Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada (GC) travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

  • Access to Information and Privacy (COR)
    • Access to Information and Privacy (PIB)
  • Administrative Services
    • Parking
  • Proactive Disclosure
    • Hospitality
  • Security
    • Identification and Building-Pass Cards
    • Internal Disclosure of Wrongdoing in the Workplace
    • Security Video Surveillance and Temporary Visitor Access Control Logs and Building Passes
  • Travel

Classes of Personal Information

Table Negotiations

The files kept for monitoring progress in negotiations contain some limited information on individuals within organizations participating in negotiations. This information is neither arranged nor retrievable by personal identifiers, except through a phone list.

Negotiation Support Funding

In the course of managing negotiation support funding, some limited information is acquired on individuals within organizations dealing with funding. This information is neither arranged nor retrievable by personal identifiers, except through a phone list.

Manuals

  • BCTC Policies & Procedures Manual

3. Additional Information

Please see the Introduction to this publication for information on access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

For additional information about the programs and activities of British Columbia Treaty Commission, please contact:

Brian Mitchell, Communications Manager
1155 West Pender Street, Suite 203
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2P4

Telephone: 604-482-9215

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act, an area on the premises of this institution has been designated as a public reading room. The address is:

1155 West Pender Street, Suite 203, Vancouver, British Columbia

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