Under the authority of section 42 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) I have undertaken an investigation and issued this report because of failures in the records management system of the BC Government. [...] I recommend that government either repatriate the BC Archives to the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services and fund the archiving of currently stored records from general revenue as was formerly done, or maintain the BC Archives within the Museum and set a new fee schedule bilaterally with the Museum that will create the basis for archiving records on an ongoing basis. [...] A SYSTEMS FAILURE – AN INABILITY TO TRANSFER IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT PAPER RECORDS The BC Archives is responsible for the preservation of and provision of access to those government records that have lasting historical value and represents the final stage in the life-cycle of government records. [...] In 2003, the Museum Act tasked the Museum with the responsibility for the funding and management of the BC Archives. [...] The repatriation of the BC Archives to government also makes sense from a financial perspective and from the point of view of the goals of a modern museum versus a public archive.
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