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Library and Archives Canada displays a page of Canadian history on Canada Day
An exhibition of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982

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Ottawa, Ontario, June 29, 2010 - To mark Canada Day, Library and Archives Canada is proud to present for public view the original document of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982. This one-day exhibition will take place at Library and Archives Canada's main building located at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

Signed on April 17, 1982, on Parliament Hill, this act gave Canada sole responsibility for its constitutional development. The Act established the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights and language rights for all Canadians.

What: Exhibition of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982
When: Thursday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

A copy of the proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982, will also be on display at the Library and Archives Canada booth at the Capital Infocentre across from Parliament Hill. There will also be games and prizes at the site.

Library and Archives Canada has also set up a website on the theme of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982. It shows a selection of images commemorating the signing of this major milestone in Canada's political history and culture. For more information, visit www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/constitution/index-e.html

About Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

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Isabelle Vigneault
Media Relations Officer
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819-934-7530
isabelle.vigneault@bac-lac.gc.ca