This project is designed to preserve the experiences of Canadian military veterans by creating a collection of primary sources for use by historians and students. The project will meet the highest professional standards of recording and preservation, to ensure the value of the collection for future generations of historians. Veterans of WWII, Korea, the Cold War, other recent conflict zones (e.g. Afghanistan) and peacekeeping missions will be offered the opportunity to have their experiences recorded for retention in the University of Victoria Special Collection holdings.
This project will be managed by the Department of History at the University of Victoria (UVic) with the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver Island (RUSI-VI) acting as a co-ordinating agency for liaison with persons agreeing to be interviewed. Together, RUSI-VI and UVic will assure that all personnel, whether or not members of a military association, will have the opportunity to be interviewed. Funds will also be used to support a semester course in the theory, methods and practical application of oral history.