Photo: The canadian Press
Drawing of a ufo, which would have overflown the Falcon lake, Manitoba, in 1967.
The United States are not the only ones to pay attention to the unidentified flying objects. Between the end of the Second world War and the mid-1990s, the government of Canada has made consistent efforts to identify and investigate the reports made by the Canadians.
A New York Times article revealing the existence of a program of the u.s. department of Defense devoted to ufos, which would have ended in 2012, is making a lot of noise in the last few days. However, plunging into the archives of the canadian government, we see that, over the years, the interest of Ottawa for the unidentified flying objects was not less great.
Formally, the ministries of national Defence and of Transport, the royal Canadian mounted police (RCMP) and the national research Council of Canada are all busy or surveys or reports related to the appearance of ufos at one time or another between 1947 and 1995.
According to the influential ufologist canadian Chris Rutkowski, Canada cooperates with the United States in this area for decades, and it is likely that this collaboration continues still today.
Decades of analysis
The government of Canada has begun to collect information on unidentified flying objects in 1947. At this time, many Canadians who have the final world conflict in memory and a possible cold war in the head continue to turn their eyes to the sky, fearing an attack. The RCMP and the ministry of Defence will receive several reports from citizens saying they saw a ufo.
In 1952, the canadian government established project Second Story, which has the objective to analyse the evidence related to the appearance of flying saucers. The minutes of the first meeting of the committee responsible for this project indicates that ” the frequency and persistence of the sightings [of ufos] tend to cast doubt on the theory of hallucinations “. It adds further that greater efforts must be made to obtain the data in an organized manner and proceed to the investigation and analysis required.
In the same year, the american army launches the project Blue Book, which is expected to be completed in 1969. Over the years, its managers will be more than 12 600 reports, of which 701 remain unexplained.
At the end of the 1960s, the national research Council of Canada (NRC), which is the main research arm of the canadian government, becomes the drop point of the observation reports of ufos from the ministry of Defence, ministry of Transport and the RCMP. The NRC stopped collecting records in 1995.
More than 1000 reports
Since the mid-1990s, the government appears to have left the civilian sector care to list and analyze ufo reports. The ufologist Chris Rutkowski receives each year a handful of reports from various government agencies. “I suspect that there are other reports of ufos that were kept secret, but I don’t have access to it for the moment,” says the astronomer by training, who lives in Winnipeg.
Thanks to these reports made by the government and to the data compiled by enthusiasts of ufology of the four corners of Canada, Mr. Rutkowski product since 1989 an annual report accounting for all events reported in the country.
In 2016, 1131 events were reported, of which 38.5 % from Quebec. After they have been analyzed by a network of researchers, astronomers and specialists of the aviation, only 4 % of these reports remain unexplained, which represents the lowest percentage recorded in 28 years.
“Even if the vast majority of ufo reports are explainable, there is always a small percentage of events that remain unexplained. These reports do not mean that Canada has been visited by extraterrestrials, but they indicate that observations can not be explained and require further scientific studies, ” said Mr. Rutkowski.
What people believe to be a ufo, for example, can be the light of a plane, a drone or a satellite that enters the earth’s atmosphere. “The ufo reports are not all as mysterious as you might think,” insists the researcher. Contrary to some ufologists, this author of many books devoted to ufos remains prudent, therefore, without closing doors.
“Some people say that I am skeptical and, at the opposite, some say I am too a believer. I think it is important to keep an open mind, ” he said. My training in astronomy and he told me that there may be life elsewhere in the universe and that she could come to visit us. But we do not yet have the evidence. “
Canada and the ufos
1947 government agencies, including the department of national Defence, are beginning to amass information on ufos.
1952 The canadian government established project Second Story in order to analyze the testimonies reminiscent of the flying saucers.
1959-1960 The Canada and the United States to introduce a joint system of reporting on ufos.
1968 The national research Council of Canada (NRC), becomes the point of fall of the reports on the observation of ufos.
1995 The NRC cease to collect reports related to ufos, leaving place to the civilian sector.