Gatineau marks International Archives Day

Did you say archives? Unloved and misunderstood, archives are nevertheless a constant presence in our daily lives, through family histories, literature, creative works and the practice of democracy. On June 9, Canadians of all ages are invited to discover and demystify archives, and to discuss and have fun with them.

Date:           Friday, June 9, 2017
Time:           From 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location:     Place de la Cité

Full program

10:00 a.m.

Opening “ceremony” and welcoming remarks

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Round table: Archives and democracy

This round table will address the importance of archives in democracy, as well as changes brought about by digital technology and social media regarding access to archives and issues of memory.  

Moderator: Michel Picard

  • Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau
  • Martin Laberge, Professor of History, UQO
  • Caroline Sauvageau, Archivist, BAnQ Montréal

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in the tent
Films, dramatic performances, meetings with experts, etc.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

 Round table: Writers and literature

This round table will bring together four writers from the Outaouais. They will discuss the use of archives in their own work as writers and the importance they attach to their personal writing archives.  

Moderator: Gaston Therrien

  • Nicole Balvay-Haillot
  • Christian Quesnel
  • Raymond Ouimet
  • Lysette Brochu

2:45 p.m.

Launch of the "Histoires fictives" exhibition

Presentation of the new BAnQ exhibition "Histoires fictives" brings together original works of literature based on the holdings of the 10 BAnQ archival centres. Writers Élise Turcotte and Patrick Senécal bring these archives to life through a poem and a detective story.

3:00 p.m.

Readings from the group Archives à voix hautes des deux rives de l’Outaouais, accompanied by dance performances by Gatineau primary school students under the direction of the Académie de danse de l’Outaouais.
Readings, dances and songs for every mood, from Outaouais archives.

9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Ongoing activities

  • Tour of the Library and Archives Canada Preservation Centre
  • Movies in the tent
  • Dramatic performance – Théâtre Dérives Urbaines
    • Guest characters:
      • Alphonse Lalonde – official spokesperson for Jos Montferrand 1840
      • Irène Brouillette – the streetcar and Queen’s Park 1901
      • Jacques Gréber – urban planner for the Gréber Plan 1948
      • Mrs. Robinson – witness to the Great Fire of Hull 1900
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