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Gatineau, Quebec, May 3, 2012—Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is releasing immigration heritage online kits today at the TD National Reading Summit III: A Reading Canada—Building a Plan, in Vancouver.
At the event, Fabien Lengellé, Director General of the Services Branch at LAC, presented the content of the kits and how they relate to the TD National Reading Summit themes of literacy and citizenship.
“LAC is well positioned to partner on programs that support literacy and increased access to the country’s documentary heritage. Both elements help to build a solid foundation that allows for active citizenship to take root,” said Lengellé.
Relating to the Chinese, Japanese and East Indian communities, the kits presented at the launch are the first three of 24 that will be released this year. Each kit includes lists of digital resources for a specific ethno-cultural group, allowing users to access photographs, works of art, texts, music and all other material available for that respective group.
In addition, these kits will enable users to search numerous LAC databases and catalogues to find more information to complete their research on ethno-cultural groups of interest. Access to countless rich and varied holdings is just a click away via the online kits.
These new tools illustrate LAC’s commitment to providing Canadians with quick and easy access to their online documentary heritage.
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The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. For more information, please contact:
Pauline M. Portelance
Chief, Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada