To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Library of Parliament opened on 9 March 2017 an exhibit entitled Foundations: The Words that Shaped Canada.
Over the coming months, people visiting or using the services of the Library’s main branch will have the opportunity to view the following six documents on loan from Library and Archives Canada:
- the British North America Act (1867);
- Canada’s first Speech from the Throne (1867);
- the North‑West Territories Proclamation (1869);
- the Statute of Westminster (1931);
- the Canadian Bill of Rights (1960); and
- the Proclamation of the Constitution Act,1982.
As the title of the exhibit suggests, these documents mark important stages in Canada’s constitutional development. But it is worth noting that each one has its own story that deserves to be told.