In brief

French Canadians at the origin of the Royal Society of Canada

The venerable Royal Society of Canada is founded in 1882 by the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada. The idea actually comes to his predecessor, Lord Dufferin, a guest of honour at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Institut canadien-français. Inspired by the Société littéraire du Canada project promoted by the Institut, he proposed the creation of a larger society that would bring together not only Francophones from Quebec, Acadia and Ontario, but also Anglophones from across the country – essentially a royal society similar to the Royal Society overseas.