Release the 1921 Census now
  • Petitioned The Honourable Shelly Glover

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
The Honourable Shelly Glover
Manager, Stakeholder & International Relations
Hilary Morgan

Release the 1921 Census now

    1. Bill Robinson
    2. Petition by

      Bill Robinson

      Toronto, Canada

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August 2013

Victory

Bill Robinson: We got 3,546 signatures...

We have been anticipating this for a long time. It is valuable information that can be useful even before the indexing is complete. Large numbers of people have volunteered to help. The Library and Archives Canada has been vague when it should be transparent and detailed. Among other things, it would enhance family values, especially for those researching WWI vets.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. LAC says "Thanks, you helped"

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      Just after 2:30, I got a call from Fabien Lengellé, Director General of the Services Branch at LAC. My understanding is that Ancestry will keep their index behind a paywall for three years and then the LAC will make it freely available. Similar to Canadiana.org arrangement. Also said that he had been at the table negotiating with them both and felt they were good deals. Apparently, he was the one that called CanadianGeneology yesterday. I'm sure others may not share his view, but he, too, seemed genuine. Nice chat. Even asked for my source re: the apparent charge of $72 for the 1940 National Register. [It may be that StatsCan charges ONLY $45 for this search.]
      Now I can start looking through the images! My huge gratitude goes out to all of you.

    2. We got it!

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      The Historical Canadian Census Collection 1851 to 1916 - Ancestry.ca

      The 1921 Census of Canada is the most recent census available to the public and its records cover Canada's peak immigration period, the rise of aboriginal and women's rights and the formation of this country's modern identity.

    3. Two p.m. Tomorrow?!?

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      ARTICLE - 1921 Census of Canada to be released online on Thursday August 8th

      Early Ontario Marriages & Vital Records 1786-1870 More than 100,000 pre-civil registration marriages and other vital records now on searchable CD for PC & Mac (and in printed books).... ...

    4. Minister, via LAC admits "We're Late"... & new webpage +

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      Before changing the petition to reflect the new minister:

      http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/release-the-1921-census-now

      I phoned Ottawa twice. Apparently a Hervieux Dery referred both calls to the Manager who actually oversees this work. Hilary Morgan at 613-894-4087 said that they are still preparing the metadata for these 200,000 images.

      It seems they have a small pilot project to allow external input for the indexing, but this is one of many improvements that are still in the works. She volunteered to call me back in one to two weeks with further info.

      She seemed very knowledgeable and said she knew of Lisa Dillon, for example. She seemed genuine, but unfamiliar with our petition and why we don't even have an acknowledgements of the over 3,400 emails.

      Crossing my fingers.

      Please spread the word about this change of address and the news.

      Thanks to all.

      Release the 1921 Census now

      We have been anticipating this for a long time. It is valuable information that can be useful even before the indexing is complete. Large numbers of...

    5. Here is the rest of that article.

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      What I think now...

      Reflections on research, culture, politics and life, by Lisa Dillon, Montréal, Québec

    6. It's there! Not really. Thanks Lisa...

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      What I think now...

      To sign a petition to release the 1921 Census of Canada, visit: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/the-honourable-james-moore-release-the-1921-census-now

      This petition has been signed by 3,198 supporters so far. Now, there have to be far more than 3,198 practicing genealogists in Canada! So get the word out by sharing on your Facebook page, tweeting etc.

      On June 1, 2013, the 1921 Census of Canada entered the public domain; according to Canadian law, this census can now be made freely available. Yet we are now nearing the end of July, and still we await the release of this census by Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

      What is really odd about this delay is that rich metadata and image resources pertaining to the 1921 Census of Canada already exist, owing to a previous collaboration of LAC and Statistics Canada (STC) with the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure Project (CCRI), first headed by Dr. Chad Gaffield at the University of Ottawa and now headed by

    7. More background on the disgraced Minister

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
    8. New Minister and old rumour

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Canada+cabinet+shuffled/8662274/story.html
      Now that Moore is gone, I will probably just change/add the new one tomorrow: Shelly Glover (a Metis ex-cop...) was at shelly.glover@parl.gc.ca.
      Calls to her might help. Let us know what you hear. Thanks.
      I assume our unanswered emails to the former Minister will be passed on at some point.
      For what it is worth, there was a rumour that Moore told someone who called his office, that he would push the Library and Archives.

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. Happy Canada Day?

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      The Minister announced the first Day of (non)History Week. At least MPP Olivia Chow supported us on Facebook. It's hard to avoid cynicism.

    11. Reached 2,000 signatures
    12. Minister waiting for Canada Day Photo Op?

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      Almost 2,00 signatures! A couple of people have speculated that we may see the 1921 census Monday. Could be better late than never.
      http://www.thearmchairgenealogist.com/2013/06/strengthening-our-heritage-through.html

      Strengthening Our Heritage through Family History | The Armchair Genealogist

      On July 1 st, Canada will celebrate it's birthday, 146 years since we officially became a country. I'm a very proud Canadian with a deep ancestry that I can date back to New France in 1650. I get a little emotional thinking about the sacrifices made by my ancestors and how they afford me the luxury of living in this great land.

    13. Ottawa: Genealogy (& census) NOT Just for Grandmas

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      Genealogy's NOT Just for Grandmas

      Not only is this the name of a class Kristiana Silver taught, it's also a message she wants to spread: Genealogy's NOT just for Grandmas! Kristiana is a passionate genealogist and somehow she has been able to help her four boys-whom we will call Alex (age 12), Cameron (10), Dallin (8), and Eli (4)-catch the genealogy bug as well!

    14. Reached 1,500 signatures
    15. (Whoops)

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer

      Sorry for duplicate.

    16. Dave Obee from B. C. says: Don’t let politics interfere with data access

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      Genealogy Canada

      Today, I offer two new items related to the 1921 Canadian Census. One is an editorial by Canadian genealogist ( www.cangenealogy.com) Dave Obee, and the other is a new online petition by blogger Bill Robinson.

    17. It seems that the pressure has been felt!?!

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      Genealogy Canada

      Today, I offer two new items related to the 1921 Canadian Census. One is an editorial by Canadian genealogist ( www.cangenealogy.com) Dave Obee, and the other is a new online petition by blogger Bill Robinson.

    18. Wrangling the 1921 census from the federal government

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
    19. Reached 750 signatures
    20. GeneaNet

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
      GeneaNet

      An association representing 68,000 Canadian academics has called on Library and Archives Canada to tear up its deal to have a non-profit firm digitize historic documents. In an interview with the Citizen, Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director Jim Turk was harshly critical of LAC's "perverse" approach to digitization and its agreement with Canadiana.org.

    21. Reached 500 signatures
    22. GenealogyCanada

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
    23. Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group

      Bill Robinson
      Petition Organizer
    24. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Martin Potter GREELY, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      I am a genealogist and family historian. Census data is vital to my research.

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    • Laurene Blake CALGARY , ALBERTA, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Family reasons.

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    • Eva Mayer WOLF LAKE (QUEBEC), CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      I am always working on my family tree, this would make some research easier. thanks

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    • Alan Gorman MONTREAL, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Important resource for family history research.

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    • james condon COLCHESTER, VT
      • 9 months ago

      I will not spend my tourist dollars in Canada until the 1921 census is released.

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