Association for Canadian Studies

The Association for Canadian Studies, founded in 1973 and headquartered in Montréal, has grown into a distinctive learned society with over 150 institutional and 600 individual members. Its formal emphasis is to encourage teaching, research and publication about Canada, and it has attempted to translate into reality T.H.B. Symons' study To Know Ourselves (2 vols, 1975). The association views Canadian studies as an interdisciplinary exploration of all aspects of Canada's social, cultural and physical environment; its economic system; and its place in the world. It generally supports thematic studies of Canada as an entity, rather than discipline-based scholarship or regional studies (see Canadian Studies).

ACS has organized conferences on national themes (the Canadian North, Canada and the Sea, Theoretical Discourse in the Canadian Community, Ecology and Culture, the Practice of the Arts in Canada), supported projects on ethnohistory, multiculturalism and film, higher education and promoted archival development. James E. Page, formerly of Seneca College, Willowdale, Ont, was the driving force until 1982, and through ACS he was able to initiate the International Council for Canadian Studies. Recently, priority has been given to an active student and faculty exchange program, granting awards and developing a stronger presence in all parts of Canada.