Twenty hours of footage shot in November, 2011 during a national conference held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fateful patriation negotiations of 1981. The conference brought together key players such as Hon. Peter Lougheed, Hon. Brian Peckford and Hon. Roy Romanow to discuss and reflect on what transpired. As the negotiations of November 1981 resulted in the patriation of the Constitution and created highly contentious issues at the time (such as Quebec’s refusal to sign the deal), we thought it would be important to ensure that Canadians had a record from those who were there and who have reflected on the import of what they achieved and did not achieve.

The entire conference proceedings were recorded by CBC technicians, as were 18 interviews with former premiers, key civil servants and academics.