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Canadian Association of University Teachers launches Canada's Past Matters campaign
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 22, 2012 10:30 AM
OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has unveiled a national campaign exposing the threats to Canada's cultural institutions and historic sites and proposing what must be done to reverse the damage.
The "Canada's Past Matters" campaign will highlight how federal funding cuts and policy changes are putting the survival of libraries, archives, museums and historical sites across the country at risk.
"Our ability as Canadians to know, understand and appreciate our past is at stake because of the federal government's short-sighted cuts and ill-advised changes to historical programs and services," CAUT executive director James L. Turk said at a news conference in Ottawa today.
"We've launched this campaign because the changes we're seeing affect not just our members, but all Canadians in very damaging ways," added Turk. "We cannot chart our future properly unless we know and understand our past. Until government policy is changed, that will be less and less possible for our children and future generations."
Turk said the five aspects of the campaign are:
For more information about the "Canada's Past Matters" campaign, visit www.canadaspastmatters.ca.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers is the national voice of more than 68,000 academic and general staff at 120 universities and colleges across the country.
SOURCE Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
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