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April 8, 2009

Canada 150 Project

Join Canada’s largest history project ever...
Imagine Parliament Hill, July 1, 2017 – our country’s 150th birthday.

Imagine helping 150,000 Canadians hand over their life and family stories to the Governor General for deposit in Library and Archives Canada in perpetuity.

That is what Canada 150 is determined to do. You can join in and help lead our greatest historical project ever.

You, together with many others from across Canada, can create a national legacy.

This is a project of collaboration and common vision to help Canadians understand that their stories need to be recorded and deposited safely in our Library and Archives Canada for their descendants and for researchers.

The last 60 years has primarily gone unrecorded at the family level. Letters, diaries and journals were replaced by telephone calls and now email and texting. Our history will be lost forever unless we do something to encourage Canadians to record their stories in their own book, DVD, website or multimedia collection.

We have the knowledge and skills to help them. Professionals and volunteers can get people started and help them complete their projects if necessary. There is work enough for everyone.

While helping Canadians, we can also raise funds for our not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and provide 7 years of work for: writers, editors, publishers/producers, printers, genealogical and historical society staff and volunteers, and many others.

Canada 150 can be a government and sponsor’s dream come true. A collaboration of this magnitude will touch all Canadians and enrich our heritage and collective memories while celebrating our 150th birthday as a nation and providing work during a recession. It will be a media extravaganza during the last 5 years of the project as they help celebrate our 150th birthday.

Join us at the Toronto Convention Centre on April 8, 2009 from 9:00 to 12:00 as we lay the foundation for a national, collaborative campaign to achieve this dream.

Bring your creativity, your vision and passion for our country to develop Canada’s largest historical project to date. You can be at the forefront of leading this project to its successful conclusion on July 1, 2017.

Sincerely yours,

Harry van Bommel

Executive Director

NOTE: Canada 150 is further explained on the website:



Greetings Lorine,
Thanks for posting this on your blog. Unfortunately I am unable to attend this meeting. This is an exciting project. I'm checking out the web site as I would most certainly want to participate in this.


Anonymous said...

Sorry but the whole thing looks like a Vanity Press Scam.

A nice idea but the wrong approach since it's a commercial publisher doing it.

The Grandmother Here said...

I'm in! Thanks for giving me enough time to get my stories together!!!