Bringing The Important History of Canada’s Past to Institutions Nationwide

06 September 2017

(Marlborough, UK – 6th September 2017) Institutions across Canada can now benefit from full access to Frontier Life: Borderlands Settlement and Colonial Encounters, a digital collection of primary sources offering a glimpse into Canada’s unique historic past.

Consortia Canada, Adam Matthew and 18 leading academic institutions have collaborated to open this essential content to libraries and educational institutions nationwide, including all library types: public, post-secondary, special, archives, museums and K-12 schools. The collaboration unlocks important primary sources to provide the broader community with a comparative view on the various colonial frontiers across the globe.

“Access to Frontier Life not only brings unique primary sources to our teaching and research community, but also helps to make them available to Canadians beyond university settings. The Frontier Life model exemplifies the power university libraries have in creating new avenues for open scholarly information sharing”


Frontier Life is a digital resource designed to enrich teaching and research, examining settlement, existence and interactions at the edge of the Anglophone world from 1650-1920. With a vast array of primary source material previously unavailable in digital form, this resource enables research into the many dynamics of frontier existence and its lasting influence across multiple regions. Primary sources from Canada include archives from the Glenbow Museum and the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives Library, Archives of Manitoba.

“CRKN is delighted that Adam Matthew and Consortia Canada, with the financial commitment of eighteen universities, have opened the wealth of primary source documents in Frontier Life, expanding access to all public libraries and educational institutions across Canada. The Canadian Research Knowledge Network is very supportive of this unique purchasing collaboration which is opening access to digital archival collections beyond universities; promoting a more accessible, open form of knowledge dissemination across education sectors.”


CRKN registered institutions automatically have full access to Frontier Life, please click here to visit the resource. For all other Canadian public, post-secondary, special, archives, museums, and K-12 libraries, please click here for access details.


About Consortia Canada ( Consortia Canada is an informal group of library consortia representing all library types (public, post-secondary, health, special, and K-12 schools) working together to license electronic resources that are useful and relevant to members across the country. With a "made in Canada" approach, Consortia Canada's primary goal is to contribute to the collection and organization of information and knowledge in digital form for the benefit of all Canadians.

This collaboration was made possible with generous sponsorship from the following institutions:

Brock University
Lakehead University
McGill University
McMaster University
Mount Royal University
Ryerson University
Simon Fraser University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Manitoba
University of Ottawa
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Winnipeg
Wilfrid Laurier University
York University