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February 5, 2014 – Gatineau, QC – Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Canada's public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), formalized their long-term partnership to improve knowledge of Canada's heritage by way of an agreement, signed on February 5 at LAC's headquarters in Gatineau.
The objective of this partnership is to increase access for Canadians to their cultural heritage, no matter where they live. With dissemination platforms rapidly evolving and multiplying, both institutions look forward to using innovative ways to reach out to Canadians.
The NFB and LAC have agreed to intensify their efforts to showcase heritage, in both virtual and physical formats. The focus of the partnership will be on educational resources. Although the NFB currently offers a wide range of resources in its "Campus" section, the LAC-NFB memorandum of understanding (MOU) seeks to increase the amount of material, in a broader range of formats, made available to Canadians.
The MOU is a three-year agreement, with a possibility to extend or modify it.
- The first project to result from this new collaboration is already online: a comprehensive playlist of films, an educator's guide, and fact sheets on each of Canada's 22 prime ministers.
- Over 8 million Canadian students and their teachers have more access than ever to award-winning Canadian content through the NFB's new online resource, CAMPUS.
- The educator's guide on Canada's prime ministers includes the first page of the draft of the British North America Act, by John A. Macdonald.
"This agreement shows Library and Archives Canada's commitment to increasing access to Canada's documentary heritage for all Canadians."
- Hervé Déry, Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada - Library and Archives Canada
"The NFB and LAC will work together to identify other projects that respond to needs in the education sector and that feature the rich and vast collections of both institutions. Future projects will focus on Canada's Aboriginal and Inuit peoples, important events in Canadian history, and Canada's cultural communities, among others."
- Claude Joli-Coeur, Acting Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson - National Film Board of Canada
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About Library and Archives Canada
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. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.
About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.
Claude Joli-Coeur, the Acting Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson at the National Film Board of Canada, and Hervé Déry, the Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), sign the Memorandum of Understanding at LAC’s headquarters, in Gatineau.