Héritage

Also known as: Canadian Heritage Database

Héritage draws from the rich corpus of archival microfilm held by Library and Archives Canada, with a focus on fonds from the individuals and organizations that have shaped Canada's history. Politics, arts and literature, labour, military, aboriginal history, social justice and women's history are particular areas of strength.

The Héritage project will digitize and make available some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing approximately 60 million pages of primary-source documents and chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s.

For ease of navigation, the collection has been divided into five core subject areas:

  • Documents relating to Canada’s aboriginal peoples – First Nations, Métis and Inuit
  • Key early documents from core government departments, including Indian Affairs, Immigration, Health, Agriculture, Railways and Canals, Fisheries and Natural Resources
  • A rich military history component documenting Canada’s participation in several wars, (War of 1812, First World War, World War II), as well as the administration of the military during times of peace
  • Papers from prominent Canadians, such as Prime Ministers, Governors General, premiers, cabinet ministers, explorers, scientists, entrepreneurs, writers and artists
  • Genealogy materials, including immigration records, church records, land records, family histories and papers, voters’ lists, etc.

    The Héritage project will digitize and make available some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing approximately 60 million pages of primary-source documents and chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s.

     

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