Dr. Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Summary: I am told there is an old Irish proverb and I think there is an Irish proverb for every occasion. But there is one that says "May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten".
We, the National Archives of Ireland, Library and Archives Canada form the continuing memory, the recorded documentary memory of our respective countries and our respective people.
One of the key objectives of the Irish Studies Symposium is to open up a dialogue with the Irish Canadian research community to further explore and expose areas of research in Irish and Irish-Canadian Studies, and ultimately to share this information with the world via the website "Shamrock and the Maple Leaf", You Tube, Flickr, and the National Archives of Ireland's website.
I think what we are seeing is that Canadians, and particularly Canadian youth are looking for authentic, real information about their history, their experience, the experience of their families and their communities in this country.
The web and all of its potential both for text as well as for manuscript, for video and film, for sound recordings and images, we are finally able to share the extraordinary content of our archives, and of the archives of Ireland with the broad population that is searching for it.
The gift of one generation to another, that's what we're working on.
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