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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1967-2004
Scope and Content
This fonds consist of records relating to the life and work of Svend Robinson as Member of Parliament. Included in the fonds are correspondence, memoranda, reports, pamphlets, notes, press releases, press coverage, newspaper and periodical clippings, information kits, minutes and agendas, issues of…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1967-2004
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Creator
Svend Robinson
Fonds Number
F0049
Language
English
Physical Description
343.5 cm (3.44 m) of textual records 2 photographs: col. ; 15 x 10 cm 1 photograph: col. ; 12.8 x 8.7 cm
Extent
3.44 m
History / Biographical
Svend Robinson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States on March 4, 1952. He was a Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party for ridings in Burnaby, British Columbia from 1979 until 2004. Robinson grew up in Burnaby and worked at Frontier College as a labourer-teacher working with northern Ontario miners, aboriginal people and community members. He studied science and law at the University of British Columbia and completed his post graduate studies at the London School of Economics. Robinson worked as a solicitor and barrister after being called to the bar in 1978. Robinson served on several committees and helped found the Parliamentary sub-committee on International Human Rights and Democratic Development. Robinson is one of the longest serving Member of Parliament in Canada. On February 29, 1988, he publicly came out as the first openly Member of Parliament and has been awarded many national and international honours for his work for the LGBTQ community and human rights around the world. Robinson’s political career has involved legislations regarding amendments to the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code, the Modernization of Benefits and Obligations act, and same-sex marriage. In 2007, Robinson moved to Switzerland with his partner Max Riveron to pursue a position with Public Services International. In 2018, he ended his tenure as a consultant for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva.
Scope and Content
This fonds consist of records relating to the life and work of Svend Robinson as Member of Parliament. Included in the fonds are correspondence, memoranda, reports, pamphlets, notes, press releases, press coverage, newspaper and periodical clippings, information kits, minutes and agendas, issues of ‘Ottawa Inside Out’ and ‘Ottawa Update’, speeches, copies of legal documents, copies of Hansard debates, flyers, post cards, greeting cards, petitions, and submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights from various organizations and individuals. Records also relate to other LGBTQ issues and topics, including international rights, health, labour, and youth.
Storage Location
/01: 5.7.1 /02- /06: 5.7.2 /07- /10: 5.7.3 /11- /14: 5.7.4 /15- /19, /21: 5.7.5 /20: 5.7.6
Related Material
See Appendix 1 of finding aid for a bibliography of records in the monograph collection, periodicals, and rare books.
Access Restrictions
Any personal letters sent to Robinson are not to be publicly disclosed until 20 years after the creation of the letter. Restricted files: BOX 14, F0049-04-17 Bill C-23: Correspondence from constituents concerned with Bill C-23 BOX 15, F0049-04-21 Bill C-23 BOX 20, F0049-05-01 940 8615 Same-sex benefits – House of Commons complaint
Arrangement
As there was little distinguished order to files as originally received, the arrangement of series was imposed by the archivist to facilitate access. Several files were artificially constructed from loose records. Several reports and articles have been transferred to the monograph collection. Contains series: 1 – Personal files 2 – Correspondence 2.1 – Coming out [Burnaby office] 2.2 – Bill C-250 (hate propaganda) response 3 – Subject files 3.1 – International 3.2 – Organizations 3.3 – Canadian Political Parties 3.4 – Canadian Provinces 3.5 – Topics 4 – Bills (proposed legislations) files 4.1 – Bill C-108, Bill C-33: An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation 4.2 – Bill C-23: Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act 4.3 – Bill C-250: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda) 4.4 – Same sex marriage bills 5 – Canadian Human Rights Commission complaint files 6 – Canadian press coverage on Svend Robinson’s coming out files
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
1989-156, 1997-138, 2001-022, 2004-077
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1985-2003
Scope and Content
The series includes correspondence, pamphlets, materials for speeches, notes, research materials, newspaper and periodical clippings, and contacts. Several articles have been transferred to the monograph collection.
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1985-2003
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
1
Physical Description
6.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The series includes correspondence, pamphlets, materials for speeches, notes, research materials, newspaper and periodical clippings, and contacts. Several articles have been transferred to the monograph collection.
Description Level
Series
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1986-2003
Scope and Content
This series primarily contains correspondence supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Rights Act, responses to Robinson’s “Ottawa Update” publication, letters regarding Robinson’s public coming out, and constituent concerns on Bill C-250 (hate propaganda). The series in…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1986-2003
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
2
Physical Description
90.5 cm of textual records 2 photographs: col. ; 15 x 10 cm 1 photograph: col. ; 12.8 x 8.7 cm
Scope and Content
This series primarily contains correspondence supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Rights Act, responses to Robinson’s “Ottawa Update” publication, letters regarding Robinson’s public coming out, and constituent concerns on Bill C-250 (hate propaganda). The series includes correspondence, notes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, lists, and issues of “Ottawa Inside Out” and “Ottawa Update”, and photographs.
Arrangement
Contains subseries: 2.1 – General correspondence 2.2 – Robinson’s Coming Out [Burnaby Office] 2.3 – Bill C-250 (hate propaganda) response
Description Level
Series
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1967-2004
Scope and Content
The series includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, newspaper clippings, periodical articles, pamphlets, information kits, minutes, speeches, copies of legal documents, notes, newsletters, copies of Hansard debates, and flyers. It also includes resources and working records related to Robinson'…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1967-2004
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
3
Physical Description
118.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
The series includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, newspaper clippings, periodical articles, pamphlets, information kits, minutes, speeches, copies of legal documents, notes, newsletters, copies of Hansard debates, and flyers. It also includes resources and working records related to Robinson's LGBTQ rights work. Several reports have been transferred to the monograph collection.
Arrangement
Contains subseries: 3.1 – International 3.2 – Organizations 3.3 – Canadian Political Parties 3.4 – Canadian Provinces 3.5 – Topics
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Series
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Bills (proposed legislations)

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1980-2004
Scope and Content
Series consists of records regarding Bill C-108 and C-33, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation, Bill C-23, the Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act, Bill C-250, an Act to amend the Criminal Code to add sexual o…
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1980-2004
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
4
Physical Description
111.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of records regarding Bill C-108 and C-33, an Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation, Bill C-23, the Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act, Bill C-250, an Act to amend the Criminal Code to add sexual orientation to the list of prohibited types of hate propaganda included in hate crime legislation, and same-sex marriage bills. The records in this series reflect Robinson’s work toward the passage of these bills. The views of several organizations and members of the public are also documented within the records. The series includes correspondence, press releases, reports, newspaper clippings, notes, charts, agendas, Hansard debates, and submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Access Restrictions
Any personal letters sent to Robinson are not to be publicly disclosed until 20 years after the creation of the letter. Files F0049-04-17 and F0049-04-21 in this series are restricted.
Arrangement
Contains subseries: 4.1 – Bill C-108, Bill C-33: amendment of the Human Rights Act to protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation 4.2 – Bill C-23: Modernization of Benefits and Obligations Act 4.3 – Bill C-250: an act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda) 4.4 – Same-sex marriage bills
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Series
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Canadian Human Rights Commission complaint files

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1991-1997
Scope and Content
Series consists of records regarding Robinson’s complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The complaint alleged that the House of Commons of Canada, as represented by the Board of Internal Economy, was denying certain benefits to Members of Parliament, their employees and employees of the …
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1991-1997
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
5
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of records regarding Robinson’s complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The complaint alleged that the House of Commons of Canada, as represented by the Board of Internal Economy, was denying certain benefits to Members of Parliament, their employees and employees of the House, on the basis of sexual orientation, in contravention of Section 10 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The series includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes, copies of complaint forms, newspaper clippings, minutes, and post cards.
Access Restrictions
Any personal letters sent to Robinson are not to be publicly disclosed until 20 years after the creation of the letter. File F0049-05-01 in this series is restricted.
Arrangement
The seven digit file number refers to the year the file was created, and the sequential file number for that year (i.e. 940 8615 - the 8615th file created in 1994)
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Series
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Canadian press coverage on Svend Robinson’s coming out files

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1988-1997
Scope and Content
Series consists of newspaper clippings from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and gay press coverage. It also includes articles, a flyer, newsletter, and an interview.
Collection
Archives
Date Range
1988-1997
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
6
Physical Description
4.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of newspaper clippings from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and gay press coverage. It also includes articles, a flyer, newsletter, and an interview.
Description Level
Series
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1988-1997
Scope and Content
Correspondence, speech drafts and notes, newspaper article, and pamphlets.
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1988-1997
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
1
File Number
F0049-01-01
Physical Description
Textual records
Scope and Content
Correspondence, speech drafts and notes, newspaper article, and pamphlets.
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1988-2000
Scope and Content
Newspaper clippings, notes, and articles.
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1988-2000
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
1
File Number
F0049-01-02
Physical Description
Textual records
Scope and Content
Newspaper clippings, notes, and articles.
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
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Personal and miscellaneous correspondence

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Description Level
File
Date Range
1985-1996
Scope and Content
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a thank you card.
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Date Range
1985-1996
Part Of
Svend Robinson fonds
Fonds Number
F0049
Series Number
1
File Number
F0049-01-03
Physical Description
Textual records
Scope and Content
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a thank you card.
Storage Location
Box 1
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
File
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