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Column published: 07 October 2008
By: Gordon A. Watts Biography & Archived Articles
Topics in this column include:
More on ‘informed consent’ discussions
Members of the Canadian Historical Association, along with myself, continue to have discussions with Statistics Canada regarding wording of the ‘informed consent’ question on the 2011 National Census of Canada. You will be aware from previous articles in this column that the question posed in 2006 will leave descendants of more than 44% of respondents on that Census unable to verify the existence of their ancestors living at that time. The question posed on the 2006 Census was as follows:
We were happy to see the increase in YES responses (from 55.58% to 72.6%). We were happy also to see the decrease in the number of deliberate NO responses (from 32.08% to 9.9%). We are less than happy however, to see the increase in the number of those who did not answer the question at all (from 12.34% to 17.5%). Based upon the total population of Canada enumerated on the 2006 Census, 17.5% of respondents not answering the question in 2011 would equate to more than 5,700,000 non-responses being equated to NO responses.
Our long term goal is to eliminate entirely the requirement for an ‘informed consent’ question for future Censuses. It has been made quite clear to us that this will not happen, nor will a mandated review of the question happen prior to the 2011 Census taking place. In the mean time however, we will continue our efforts to have respondents that leave the question blank included with the YES answers rather than the NO answers.
We feel strongly that if respondents to Census wish to be removed from the history of Canada, they should have to be pro-active in seeing that happen. They should not be removed from our history simply because they are apathetic and do not answer the question.
Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan
Titled “Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan” the book is intended to produce a record of women who played a large part in the settlement and development of Saskatchewan within the timeframe of the 1800s to 1950. The SGS wants you to submit stories of your Saskatchewan pioneer women. Stories can relate to either rural or urban areas, so long as they pertain to areas within the boundaries of what is now known as Saskatchewan.
Anyone can contribute to the publication – you need not be a member of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. Articles should be a maximum of about 2,000 words or less on each of the women pioneers in your family. You are encouraged to submit a maximum of two photographs for each submission. Only photos accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will be returned. Send scanned copies of photos. Do not send originals.
Submission of your articles in electronic format (MS Word only) is preferred, and may be sent to email@example.com.
Hard copy submissions (typed or neatly written) may be sent to:
Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
PO Box 1894
Regina, SK S4P 3E1
Library and Archives Canada to host Irish Studies Symposium
Library and Archives Canada, in order to address growing interest in the field of Irish-Canadian studies, will host an Irish Studies Symposium on 3 and 4 November 2008. The symposium will be open to the general public at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Presented with the support of the National Archives of Ireland, the Irish Studies Symposium will bring together historians, students, genealogists, and researchers in an open dialogue to explore Irish and Irish-Canadian documentary heritage.
Doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 3rd, 395 Wellington Street, Exhibition Room A, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
There will be six sessions and one roundtable panel covering a variety of topics including:
Event details will be made available at www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ireland and will be updated throughout September and October.
There is no charge to attend the symposium but you are requested to advise of your intention to attend by telephone at 613-992-2618 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time.
Gordon A. Watts email@example.com
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