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1889 - 2016 (Creation)
- Shumiatcher, Morris Cyril, 1917-2004
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1 audio compact disc
15 audio cassettes
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Morris Cyril Shumiatcher was born in Calgary, Alberta on September 20, 1917 to Abraham and Luba (Lubinsky) Shumiatcher. He had one sibling: Minuetta. He received his primary and secondary education in Calgary and earned Bachelor of Arts (1940) and Bachelor of Laws (1941) degrees from the University of Alberta. Shumiatcher earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 1942 and obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from that institution in 1945.
Shumiatcher was called to the Bars of Alberta and British Columbia in 1943. After serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an air-gunner (1943-1945), he was called to the Bar of Saskatchewan. Shumiatcher moved to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1945 and held numerous positions within the Saskatchewan Government, including legal counsel, policy adviser and personal advisor and assistant to Premier T.C. Douglas. While in these positions, he drafted many laws, including the Farm Security Act and the Trade Union Act, and authored the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights (1947).
In 1948, Shumiatcher was named King's Counsel and in 1949 he was called to the Bars of Manitoba and the North-West Territories. In 1949 he left the Saskatchewan government and entered private practice, specializing in labour, taxation and corporate law.
During his career, Shumiatcher lectured and wrote on a variety of subjects, including literature, the arts, philosophy, law, human rights and obligations, the monarchy, politics and international relations. He appeared regularly on television and radio including a daily radio program on current affairs, a television program entitled The World in Focus, and a national CTV lecture series entitled Civil Liberties and the Law. Shumiatcher was the author of three books: Welfare: The Hidden Backlash (1971); Assault on Freedom (1962) and Man of Law: A Model (1979).
Shumiatcher was a member of many provincial, national and international organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association; the International Bar Association; and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. He was also a patron and supporter of numerous cultural organizations, galleries, theatres and artists. He served on the boards of numerous organizations in Regina, including the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Regina Symphony and Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts. Shumiatcher served as the Honorary Counsul-General for Japan and as Dean of the Consular Corps for Saskatchewan.
Shumiatcher received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure of Japan (1987); the Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award (1995); and the Saskatchewan Award of Merit (1996). He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.
Shumiatcher died in Regina on September 23, 2004.
Morris Shumiatcher married Jacqueline Fanchette Clotilde Clay on April 18, 1955.
Scope and content
This series consists of personal records created, accumulated and used by Morris Shumiatcher of Regina, Saskatchewan. A small volume of records created and accumulated by his wife, Jacqui Shumiatcher, after his death in 2004, consisting mainly of condolence letters, is included.
The series consists of eight sub-series: Shumiatcher Family; Scrapbooks and Photograph Album; Personal Library; Interviews; Birthday Celebrations; Awards/Certificates; Death and Condolences; and Personal - Various.
The types of records included are correspondence; scrapbooks; yearbooks; photographs; publications; certificates; membership cards; and sound recordings.