What role does memory and heritage play in the vitality of official language communities (OLMCs) in Canada? This important question was the subject of a report made public by Library and Archives Canada in January 2021 and written by Alain Roy. The issue is significant because it is required to understand the contribution that the inclusion of these communities over time has made to their vitality, thereby making them sustainable. The report, entitled Concept Paper. From Vitality to Vitality of Memory, begins with an analysis of the research on the vitality of these communities from this specific angle.
The concept of vitality of memory emerges, which aims to understand memory and heritage as a cultural ecosystem within which these communities evolve. In doing so, the report not only proposes a definition of this vitality, but also explores its characteristics and components. In short, it presents an initial reflection that attempts to address the phenomena of memory and heritage - including documentary heritage - in their entirety. The report is available in French and in English.
Note: This event will take place in English.
Alain Roy is a historian. Specialized in heritage and memory issues, he has written numerous books, articles and reports. He is a regular researcher at the Laboratoire d'histoire et de patrimoine de Montréal (UQAM). He has been with Library and Archives Canada since 2008, where he currently holds a position as Senior Analyst in Strategic Research, focusing on official languages issues.