Media Advisory - Canadian Association of University Teachers to launch "Canada's Past Matters" campaign

OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Representatives of the media are invited to a news conference on Thursday, November 22 to mark the launch of a national campaign to protect Canada's museums, historical sites, archives and libraries.

WHO:  James Turk, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers
WHAT:  News conference to launch the "Canada's Past Matters" national campaign
WHERE:   Charles-Lynch Press Conference Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa
WHEN:      Thursday, November 22 at 10:30 am
   

Canadians' ability to know their history and cultural heritage is at risk by federal cuts, restructuring, and policy changes.  Academics, genealogists, researchers, librarians, archivists, archaeologists, curators, historians, students and all Canadians stand to lose if our collective cultural heritage is weakened. The "Canada's Past Matters" campaign will raise awareness of the harm being done to our historical and cultural heritage institutions and will propose concrete ways the federal government can strengthen Library & Archives Canada, public libraries and local archives, Parks Canada's historical sites, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of 68,000 academic and general staff at universities and colleges across the country.

SOURCE: Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

For further information:

Angela Regnier, Communications Officer, 613-726-5186 (o); 613-601-6304 (cell).