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Ottawa, October 30, 2001 - York University will bestow an honorary doctorate on Ian E. Wilson, National Archivist, at its fall convocation ceremony on November 3. This is only the second time York has awarded such a degree to a National Archivist.

The honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLitt) recognizes Mr. Wilson’s enormous contribution to Canada through his work in the archival community, both at home and abroad. Mr. Wilson has devoted his career to preserving private and government records for future generations.

"York University has a long tradition of promoting Canadian studies and research. I am delighted that Ian has been recognized for his significant contributions toward making Canada’s archival heritage accessible," said York University’s archivist, Mr. Kent Haworth.

As National Archivist, Ian Wilson has earned the reputation for being available to the public and passionate about the importance and relevance of the documents of the National Archives of Canada. He is keen to inform Canadians that these documents are theirs, and accessible to them. He is particularly proud of the Archives Web site - found at - which gives Canadians access to a wide range of documents, including paintings, photographs, stamps, and maps, which tell the story of Canada and its people.

Mr. Wilson began his career at Queen’s University Archives, later becoming Saskatchewan’s Provincial Archivist, and then Archivist of Ontario. He was appointed National Archivist of Canada in July 1999.

Mr. Wilson is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, and has published extensively on history, archives, heritage and information management. He regularly responds to public requests for lectures and is known to be a humorous and gifted speaker.

The ceremony takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at the Tait McKenzie Main Auditorium, York University Keele Campus, 4700 Keele St., Toronto. York’s Web site is

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Louisa Coates
National Archives of Canada
Telephone: (613) 992-9361