About the project

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) launched the #OnThisDay project in collaboration with the Canada 150 Federal Secretariat. This project presented significant events from across Canada since Confederation.

With support from a historian and LAC experts, we combed through the documentary heritage at LAC. We found important and entertaining facts, as well as bright and dark moments in our history. We took great care to highlight all aspects of Canadian society.

However, 365 significant events cannot do full justice to 150 years of history! We recognized that there are two sides to every story, so we based our selection on objective criteria. Some of the events selected came from discoveries in our vaults or from suggestions by the many departments and agencies that collaborated with us.

Throughout 2017, #OnThisDay sparked conversations among Canadians everywhere.

#OnThisDay presented history in a fun way to encourage interest in our documentary heritage among all age groups. The #OnThisDay website is a trustworthy source of information for teachers, students, the media and the nation.

Thank you to our faithful followers, partners and collaborators, all of whom contributed to making #OnThisDay a great success.

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