RE: Librarian and Archivist of Canada/Bibliothécaire et archiviste du Canada
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Following my forwarding of a message from Andrée Delagrave (who was the one
asking us to join her in congratulating him) I received several messages
asking why we should congratulate him and what is his position on releasing
1911 and later census data.
First, I forwarded the message as information only since as genealogists we
share an interest in archives of our country and not to necessarily condone
Second, I added some other archives that may be useful in Canadian
research - again just as fyi.
Third, Mr. Wilson was appointed Archivist for National Archives of Canada
but not as National Librarian. I worked with an organization that suggested
to the then Heritage Minister that these two positions be combined. I forget
the reasons! Thus when the National Librarian went on to other posts and a
bill was introduced to combine the two positions, Mr. Wilson was given the
acting position of National Librarian. It is only this year that the Bill
was acclaimed law and now he has been officially given the combined title
If his position on the census matter was negative at last contact and he has
not changed his viewpoint, then I imagine this is no better news than
before. As I said my action in forwarding the message was as FYI only.
From the news release at
"Library and Archives Canada is an innovative knowledge institution
responsible to acquire and preserve Canada's documentary heritage in all its
forms and to provide all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to the texts,
photographs, books and other documents that reflect their cultural, social
and political development."
Thus in his role "to acquire and preserve Canada's documentary heritage in
all its forms and to provide all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to the
texts, photographs, books and other documents that reflect their cultural,
social and political development" he should be acquiring and preserving the
census records and providing us with "easy, one-stop access", if he is not
So this statement should serve as more ammunition in the fight for the
preservation and release of census of 1911 and those beyond!
Xenia Stanford (president@...)
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