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French version follows / La version française suit.

As Jazz is to America, so Documentary is to Canada.

Documentary is a uniquely Canadian art form that deserves to be celebrated as part of our national heritage. The world’s first documentary, Nanook of the North, was made in 1922 near Inukjuak, Quebec. The term “documentary” was coined a few years later by John Grierson, who launched the National Film Board of Canada in 1939.

Since then, Canada has earned a global reputation for documentary excellence with award-winning crowd-pleasers such as 'If You Love This Planet', 'The Corporation' and 'Up the Yangtzee' and hosting one of the world's leading documentary film festivals, Hot Docs.

Documentary is a form of expression reflecting Canada's vibrant perspective that we can claim as our own, while sharing it with the world. As Jazz is to America, so Documentary is to Canada. 


In recognition of the major contribution Canada has made to the global development of the genre, we the undersigned, call on the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages to declare documentary as Canada's National Art Form.

La version française.

Le jazz est à l'Amérique ce que le documentaire est au Canada.

Le documentaire est une forme d'art unique au Canada qui mérite d'être célébrée comme partie intégrante de notre patrimoine national. Le premier documentaire au monde, Nanouk l’Esquimau, de Robert Flaherty, a été tourné en 1922 près de Inukjuak, au Québec. Le terme «documentaire» a été inventé quelques années plus tard par John Grierson, fondateur de l'Office national du film du Canada en 1939.

Depuis, le Canada s'est taillé une réputation mondiale d'excellence en documentaire avec des films comme Pour la suite du monde, La Corporation et Sur le Yangzi et la création de grands festivals de films documentaires comme Hot Docs ou les RIDM.

Le documentaire est une forme d'expression qui reflète l’image d'un Canada dynamique dont nous pouvons revendiquer l’appartenance, tout en la partageant avec le monde. Comme le jazz qui est à l'Amérique ce que le documentaire est au Canada.

En reconnaissance de l’importante contribution faite par le Canada au développement global du genre, nous, soussignés, demandons à l’Honorable James Moore, Ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles de déclarer le documentaire forme artistique du patrimoine national du Canada.

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The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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The Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC)

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