The starting point for this project

The starting point for this project was a bilingual survey, designed to probe the historical consciousness of Canadians. Conducted in 2007 and 2008 by York University’s Institute for Social Research, the telephone survey of 3,419 Canadians yielded a massive database of information on respondents’ general interest in and understanding of the past; activities related to the past; and trustworthiness of sources of information about the past. As the most wide-ranging survey of its kind ever undertaken in Canada, the survey also included special samples of First Nations in Saskatchewan, Acadians in New Brunswick, and recent immigrants in Ontario. The findings from the survey facilitate comparisons with similar projects undertaken in Europe, the United States, and Australia.