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Library and Archives Canada celebrates UNESCO's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Library and Archives Canada is inviting Canadians to celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27.

According to the press release issued for the occasion, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), along with other audiovisual archives around the world, was invited to provide clips for a trailer film for UNESCO's annual general conference to be held on October 27 in Paris. The trailer follows the conference theme of “Planet Earth: From Place to Space” and will be screened throughout the conference, with a copy given to each delegate. The press release notes that LAC's contribution to the trailer includes clips of two early classic Canadian features: Back to God's Country (1919) and The Viking (1931), as well as a Canadian government travelog, Gem of the Rockies (1933).

“Imagine the thousands of stories to discover in Library and Archives Canada's collection, through film, sound recordings, music, and radio and television programs,” said Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “These stories define who we are as Canadians; it is vital that we continue to preserve these key cultural records, not only for our own sense of identify and history, but for the benefit of future generations.”