Fonds AAAA1274 - British Columbia Centennial 71 Committee fonds

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British Columbia Centennial 71 Committee fonds

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CA BCA AAAA1274

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18 m of textual records;4 microfilm reels

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The British Columbia Centennial 71 Committee was established in 1969 by the British Columbia Centennial 71 Celebration Act (SBC 1969, c. 2) to provide for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of British Columbia being admitted into the Dominion of Canada. The members, honorary officers, and honorary members of the Committee were appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council. The Board of Directors, consisting of eleven members selected by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, was responsible for the management and administration of the business and affairs of the Committee, including control of the revenues and expenditures. The Committee had the authority to appoint sub-committees, to establish a centennial advisory council, to make financial assistance grants, and to select an emblem for the Committee. Twenty-one sub-committees were appointed and three hundred and seventy Local Centennial Committees were established in communities throughout the province. The chairman of the Committee was Lawrence J. Wallace, who was also Deputy Provincial Secretary. Funding was provided by the Government of British Columbia and by other grants and gifts. The duties, functions and powers of the Committee included: (1) making and carrying out arrangements necessary for organizing a celebration; (2) entering into agreements and arrangements with any person, association, or organization for the purpose of planning, co-ordinating, and organizing the celebrations; (3) making orders as required for the purpose of carrying out these duties and functions. Through the British Columbia Centennial 71 Committee, the provincial government provided grants-in-aid to assist communities with local events and projects. Major events, educational, cultural and historical programmes also received financial assistance. Pioneer medallions were presented to BC residents who were either born in or resided in Canada prior to 1897. The Committee was disbanded after submission of its final report in December 1972.

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The fonds consists of records generated by the British Columbia Centennial Committee and its sub-committees while fulfilling its mandate to provide celebrations for the centenary of British Columbias entry into Confederation. The records have been retained in the government records (GR) accession units in which they were received by BC Archives. Types of records include newspaper clippings, general administrative records of the Committee and sub-committees including correspondence, memos, reports, project files for community commemorative projects, and application forms for pioneer medallions.

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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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BCAUL control number: BCA-2081

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