The 150!Canada Conference

19 10 2009

Older readers will remember the 1967 celebrations of the centennial of Confederation. Indeed, some of you may have gone to Expo 67 in Montreal. The planning for the 150th anniversary of Confederation is already underway.

“On March 11-12, 2010, IPAC and MASS LBP will convene a major conference at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa that will bring together senior public servants from all levels of government, business leaders and representatives of leading NGOs to discuss preparations for Canada’s sesquicentennial year.

The conference will review the success and lessons of the 1967 and 1992 celebrations, learn from recent national celebrations in other countries. Presentations by Canadian luminaries and leaders will help spark our imagination as the delegates work to establish a national framework for sesquicentennial preparations and design.

The program will combine keynotes, presentations and panels with a second full day of creative and planning workshops.”

More details here. I hope that the organizers include professional historians and historical societies such as the Canadian Historical Association and the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française, in the planning process. In particulary, I hope that they invite historian Christopher Moore, who has recently been blogging about the Quebec Conference, to take a leading role.