The Archaeology Branch has entered into various agreements with First Nations and other Provincial agencies. These agreements are used to clarify responsibilities of each group and, in the case of First Nations, to provide a more formal role in archaeological resource management.
- Heritage Conservation Memorandum of Understanding with Treaty 8 First Nations
The Heritage Conservation MOU highlights the importance of heritage protection and conservation during development projects and resource extraction. It establishes processes to effectively share information between the Province and Treaty 8 First Nations and enables the participation of Treaty 8 First Nations in heritage conservation.
- Memorandum of Agreement on Trails with the Ministry of Forests
The Ministry of Forest and Range has the ability to issue site alteration permits related to forestry activity in the vicinity of protected heritage trails. This document details the circumstances where this authority may be exercised.
Protocol Agreement with the BC Oil & Gas Commission
The Oil and Gas Commission is authorized to issue site alteration permits under the Oil and Gas Commission Act. The primary purpose of this agreement is to harmonize the processes of the Archaeology Branch and Oil and Gas Commission where impact assessment work is permitted by the Archaeology Branch but site alteration decisions for the same project are made by the Oil and Gas Commission.
Protocol Agreement with the Ministry of Forests
This agreement synchronizes forestry planning processes with recommended archaeological resource management steps. The protocol was developed with the Forest Practices Code in mind but this has been largely
superseded by the Forest and Range Practices Act. Current Branch recommendations to forestry professionals are found in the British Columbia Archaeological Resource Management Handbook for Foresters
Memorandum of Understanding with the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group
The HTG MOU is the result of three year of relationship building allowing us to develop areas of common interest such as public education, archaeological planning process, interactions with local governments and the HTG role in the archaeological resource management process.