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Fonds consists of
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22.6 MB of textual records
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Added language of material: French
Scope and content
Fonds consists of registry files created at headquarters and in the various divisions and detachments of the Security Service of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and inherited and maintained by its successor, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The files contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, briefs, clippings and other printed material related to individuals and organizations involved in the labour movement including protests, demonstrations and strikes in Canada. Similar material documents separatist terrorist activity and infiltration into various sectors of Canadian society. Also includes group of headquarters administrative files containing mainly reports, briefs and papers on various aspects of labour activity in Canada.
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Biography / Administrative history
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) was created in 1984 by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act [SC 1983-84, c.21; RSC 1985, c.C-23,s.3(1)]. CSIS is mandated to protect Canadians and their governments against attempts by foreign powers to use coercive or clandestine means to advance their own interests in Canada, and to protect the essential elements of Canadian democracy against attempts to destroy or subvert them. Prior to 1920, the Dominion Police was responsible for this general field of activity. During the period from 1920 to 1984, the RCMP carried out these responsibilities. Originally there was a small Intelligence Section within the Criminal Investigation Branch that conducted security investigations, mostly on individuals and organizations considered to be "subversive". The Intelligence Section eventually evolved into a Branch of its own around the time of the Second World War. After the Gouzenko revelations in 1945, the Special Branch expanded into the area of counter-espionage as well as continuing to monitor certain domestic activity. Organizational changes during the 1950's and 1960's resulted in the creation of a separate Security and Intelligence Directorate in 1956 and the Security Service of the RCMP in 1970. Despite these changes, the mandate remained the same.
The heart of the CSIS mandate is investigation, analysis, and reporting to government on activities that constitute threats to the security of Canada. There are four categories of activity that are considered to constitute such threats: espionage and sabotage, foreign influenced activities, political violence and terrorism, and subversion. CSIS is also tasked with the responsibility to carry out investigations into the background and character of government employees who have access to classified material. Further, CSIS may provide assistance, in Canada, in the collection of foreign intelligence which includes information about the capabilities, intentions and activities of foreign states, non-Canadian individuals or entities.
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