Tartan Day 2012
By Larissa Hildebrandt
SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies will be hosting a very special Tartan Day on Wednesday, April 4, as they launch their “Scottish Voices From the West” Oral History Project. The project constitutes the first part of their "Scots in BC" website.
There has been little written of Scots in British Columbia, despite their profound influence on the province. This will be a new resource for the study of Scots in British Columbia.
Beginning back in 2004, the Centre began interviewing Scottish immigrants to British Columbia, and individuals whose families emigrated to BC from Scotland some time ago.
The knowledge gained from the interviews will give new insight into the history of the Scots in British Columbia. Many of the interviews shed light on how immigrant populations create memories of their land of origin while negotiating their way in a new environment.
Made possible by a grant from SFU Library's Scholarly Digitization Fund, the Centre for Scottish Studies will soon make the interviews available in an online database. This database will form a part of SFU Library’s Multicultural Canada website.
The launch, taking place on April 4, will feature a celebration of the Centre’s community contributors with songs from the Gaelic Choir, and dancing from the Vancouver Royal Scottish Country Dance demonstration team.
Tartan Day is an annual Scottish celebration, observing Scottish independence at the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.
The launch and celebration will take place on April 4, 2012, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. in Room 1420, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings.