Connecting Stats, Stories and People
Published monthly, this blog will feature compelling interviews with key data users and stakeholders on how, together, we tell Canada's story in numbers. To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation throughout 2017, this blog will highlight the views of historians, genealogists, academics, students, and other experts. For more information about our program of activities to mark Canada 150, visit Telling Canada's story in numbers.
The Census of Population has, since 1666, painted a statistical portrait of Canada and its population, offering a wide range of data and analysis that tell the ongoing story of our country and our families. While data users often use the most current information in their research and analysis, historical censuses also serve their own unique role in providing a fascinating glimpse of the past, particularly in researching Canadian families.
In Canada, statistics have long served as an essential framework in the development of public policy, with organizations from a variety of sectors playing very diverse, but equally important, roles in recognizing, analyzing and addressing key public issues. Many of these organizations, including the Toronto-based C.D. Howe Institute, not only work with Statistics Canada data in the development of policy recommendations—they also require the same level of analytical objectivity in their work.
Dr. Jack Jedwab, President of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration (CIIM), seemed destined for a future in Econometrics—that is, until a course in economic history sparked what would become a life-long interest in a topic he had yet to explore. Dr. Jedwab quickly realized that his affinity for visualizing and understanding most things in numbers could also be applied to the study of history.
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