What is Freedom to Read Week?

Under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadians are granted intellectual freedom. Freedom to Read Week is designed to encourage Canadians to reflect upon these rights.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council. Here is a list of over 100 books that have been banned or challenged within Canada.

How Can You Celebrate?

freedomtoread.ca has several ideas for educators on how to get involved. These ideas can be used during FTRW but also year-round.

1) Start a banned book club. Find a book that has been challenged or banned, and talk about censorship with your class or group.

2) Host a photo contest. Participants can submit selfies with a banned book or FTRW poster, a photo of a FTRW event in their community, or anything that promotes freedom of expression.

3) Hang a poster in your class or workspace. Freedom to Read kits can be purchased on the FTR site, which include posters and clip art. You can create a display centered on banned books or censored writers.

4) Organize a public event with your class. Censored author readings, awards for challenged books, or panel discussions on intellectual freedom are a few ideas.

Links and Resources

Games and Quizzes

Articles

Bannings and Burnings in History

List of Challenged Works

Posters/Infographics: 30 Challenged Publications, Understanding Canadian Defamation Law, Access to Information

For a comprehensive list of resources, see the FTR website.

Freedom to Read Week 2018

Project title: The Gay Games | Celebration 90 Digitization Project (Stage 1)

Organization: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Description: The 1990 Gay Games was held in Vancouver from August 4 to 11, 1990 and was open to athletes and artists of all sexual orientations. Approximately 7,300 athletes took part in 27 sports, with another 1,500 cultural participants attending. The event was significant for being the first Canadian-based Gay Games and the first Games ever to be held outside the United States. Stage 1 of this project digitized 47 videotapes, 240 photographic negatives, and 100 pages of textual materials.

Collection URL: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/gay-games-iii/

Still from Celebration ’90 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Project title: The Gay Games | Celebration 90 Digitization Project (Stage 1)

Organization: VIVO Media Arts Centre

Description: The 1990 Gay Games was held in Vancouver from August 4 to 11, 1990 and was open to athletes and artists of all sexual orientations. Approximately 7,300 athletes took part in 27 sports, with another 1,500 cultural participants attending. The event was significant for being the first Canadian-based Gay Games and the first Games ever to be held outside the United States. Stage 1 of this project digitized 47 videotapes, 240 photographic negatives, and 100 pages of textual materials.

Collection URL: http://www.vivomediaarts.com/archive/gay-games-iii/

Still from Celebration ’90 Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Project title: BC Archaeology and Early Industry Digitization

Organization: Museum of Vancouver

Description: The goal of this project was to digitize both a significant portion of the BC Archaeological Collection and a smaller portion of the Vancouver History collection. All items in the St. Mungo Connery collection and 354 objects connected to Vancouver’s early industry were photographed and made accessible online through the openMOV database. Faster than expected digitization processes meant that archaeological surface finds from Coastal, Northern, and Interior areas of BC could also be digitized, along with a collection of 375 objects from the Glenrose Cannery archaeological site. In total, approximately 10,290 new objects were added to openMOV, accounting for 20,580 new images.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

Project title: BC Archaeology and Early Industry Digitization

Organization: Museum of Vancouver

Description: The goal of this project was to digitize both a significant portion of the BC Archaeological Collection and a smaller portion of the Vancouver History collection. All items in the St. Mungo Connery collection and 354 objects connected to Vancouver’s early industry were photographed and made accessible online through the openMOV database. Faster than expected digitization processes meant that archaeological surface finds from Coastal, Northern, and Interior areas of BC could also be digitized, along with a collection of 375 objects from the Glenrose Cannery archaeological site. In total, approximately 10,290 new objects were added to openMOV, accounting for 20,580 new images.

Collection URL: http://openmov.museumofvancouver.ca/collection

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