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Historical & Governmental Research (in no particular order)
UK legislation creating Colony of B.C. is available at RSBC 1897 (through HeinOnline, Provincial Statutes)
An Act to Provide for the Government of British Columbia
(U.K.), 21 & 22 Vict., c. 99 (2 August 1858) - (this one also in Hendrickson,
Journals of Colonial Legs.)
An Act to Define the Boundaries of the Colony of British Columbia, and to continue an Act to provide for the Government of the said Colony (U.K.), 26 & 27 Vict., c. 83 (28 July 1863)
An Act for the Union of the Colony of Vancouver Island with the Colony of British Columbia (U.K.), 29 & 30 Vict., c. 67 (6 August 1866) - (this one also in Hendrickson, Journals of Colonial Legs.)
To find historic Canadian statutes, use HeinOnline (through Courthouse Library site), Canada, Annual Statutes (something like that); sometimes you can find OICs there too
Indian Affairs Annual Reports (1864-1990) database
Government of Canada Publications
Indian Reserves, Western Canada
- archived federal govt site which should have maps, but the pdf links seem not to work? (You can make them work by using Internet Explorer)
(Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publication Portal) - access to almost 500,000 electronic government publications from all levels of Canadian government
LiPAD (Linked Parliamentary Data Project) -
search Canadian Hansard
, from 1901 to present
British North American Legislative database
Canadian Parliamentary Historical Resources
, 1867-1996 -
debates, journals, and selected committee documentation of the Senate and the House of Commons
Hansard - Canadian House of Commons
, 1994-present - includes House Publications, Journals and Order and Notice Papers
Hansard - Canadian Senate
1996-present - Senate Publications, Journals
and Order and Notice Papers
- provides information on bills before Canadian House and Senate
The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, 1846-1871
Historical BC legislation:
now all available at
"Archived Statute Consolidations"
"Historical Annual Statutes"
or, go to HeinOnline (through CHL), then Legislation, then "Browse Databases by Name", then "Provincial Statutes of Canada"
Historical BC Orders-in-Council
- at BC Laws, under "Orders-in-Council"
BC Sessional Papers
- available at UBC Open Collections
Archived Journals of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, 1851-present
historic Crown grants in British Columbia
List of Persons Entitled to Vote
, British Columbia, 1875 (Sessional Papers)
B.C. Law Reform Commission reports
George Gibbs, "
A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon
- including for historic newspapers
Undergraduate History Honours Thesis
from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Foundations of the Common Law Library
(1215-1914), online, hosted by Commonlii, the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute
The Avalon Project, Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
British and Foreign State Papers
Native Title Law
Researching British treaties
Legal Research & Writing
The Canadian Legal Research & Writing Guide
How to figure out
if an Act has come into force
(all jurisdictions), courtesy of Slaw Tips.
to link to a particular paragraph in a Canlii case
or legislation in your factum or argument.
Law Society of Ontario's
free access to
continuing legal education
and professional development materials
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