Librarians have been told to decentralize, photograph or basically throw away irreplaceable material from the following national libraries:
CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CANADA
PUBLIC WORKS AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES
NATIONAL CAPITAL COMMISSION
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Canada's immigration history is so important, a museum was constructed to preserve documents and artifacts ---The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
UNESCO's "MEMORY OF THE WORLD PROGRAMME"
"is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against the collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction. It calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings and private individual compendia all over the world for the posterity, the reconstitution of disposed or displaced documentary heritage, and increased accessibility to and dissemination of those items." (From: Wikipedia).
As of February 16, 2013, only three Canadian collections were part of the Memory of the World Programme:
- Hudson's Bay Company Archival Record - 2007 - Archives of Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Note: In 2006, the Hudson's Bay Company was sold to an American investor.)
- Quebec Seminary Collection, 1623-1800 (17th - 19th centuries) - 2007 - Musee de la civilisation, Quebec.
- "Neighbours" animated, directed and produced by Norman McLaren in 1952 - 2009 - National Film Board of Canada, Montreal.
Please, Government of Canada, do not shred, burn, sell or give away the irreplaceable documents, letters, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, movies, artifacts, government publications, research material, portraits, paintings...that are stored at Library and Archives Canada, the Gatineau Preservation Centre, the National Printing Bureau and other federal buildings.
Staff at Library and Archives Canada flew all the way to Texas, to retrieve Glenn Gould documents and memorabilia that were stolen from the Archives. An American woman was arrested, after attempting to sell the material on e-Bay. Glenn Gould donated his archives to the people of Canada, not to profiteers and thieves.