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Collection C0004 - Gertrude Laing collection of documentation relating to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism.

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Gertrude Laing collection of documentation relating to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism.


  • 1963-2006 (Creation)

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0.45 m of textual records.

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Canadian educator. Born in Kent, England, in 1905 and came to Canada at an early age. One of ten Commissioners appointed to the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. Later appointed chairman of the Canada Council and Officer to the Order of Canada. Died in Calgary Alberta, December 18, 2005. Biographical information available in The Canadian who's who, 1992, p. 590. In 1963 the Canadian Privy Council on the recommendation of the Right Honourable L.B. Pearson, Prime Minister, appointed ten Commissioners "to inquire into and report upon the existing state of bilingualism and biculturalism in Canada and to recommend what steps should be taken to develop the Canadian Confederation on the basis of an equal partnership between the two founding races, taking into account the contribution made by the other ethnic groups to the cultural enrichment of Canada and the measures that should be taken to safeguard that contribution".

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MsC 226 donated by G. Laing in 1981. MsC 333 donated by Dr. Marion McKenna in 2008.

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MsC 226 consists of minutes of the first to eighty-third meetings of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963 September 4 - 1971 February 27); Research Bulletin, a compilation of research projects and contracts to be carried out to provide background information for the Royal Commission; A preliminary report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism; Press reaction to the preliminary report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism; and several miscellaneous reports and a letter relating to the Commission. Items distributed to Commissioners, among them Commissioner Gertrude Laing, Calgary, Alberta. MsC 333 consists of 3 recorded interviews of G. Laing by Dr. Marion McKenna, November 1, 1978, April 8, 1997 and April 23, 1997; transcript of April 8, 1997 interview; photocopy of a photograph of G. Laing; and Tribute column by Nancy Millar published in the Calgary Herald, January 12, 2006. Filed with MsC 226 (Box 2).

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Text in English and French.

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Typescript; typescript (photocopy); printed material. Includes 3 audiocassettes.

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