2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, when the British North America Act of 1867 created the Dominion of Canada by unifying the colonies of Province of Canada (Upper and Lower Canada that will later become Ontario and Quebec), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
Commemorating the jubilee, the Law Library is launching a new exhibition, Building Canada: One Law at a Time. The blended-media display highlights statutes and other legislative acts and agreements marking important dates and watershed moments in the process of building the country: creation of the Confederation, process of joining the Confederation by provinces and territories, the relationship with Canadian First Nations, the Constitution, and an official adoption of Canadian national symbols.
The material part of the exhibition features primary documents, books, reproductions of archival documents, and memorabilia.
The exhibition expands into a digital realm paying specific attention to the history of First Nations in Canada and showcasing reproductions of archival documents, photographs, testimonies of the survivors of residential schools, and video materials presented on the digital touch table. Please note: The digital part of the exhibition runs February 20 – April 5, 2017.
The exhibition was curated by Svetlana Kochkina and Sonia Smith.
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View images from the exhibit here.