Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada's Recorded Memory

Representatives from l'Association des Archivistes du Quebec (AAQ), the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA), and the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) as well as Ian E. Wilson, the former Librarian and Archivist of Canada, have planned a special Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada's Recorded Memory at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 8:30 to 5:00, on Friday, January 17, 2014.

The Summit is intended to provide the Canadian archival community an opportunity to consider its future and envision how Canada's documentary heritage remains a valued part of Canada's knowledge infrastructure. The Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada's Recorded Memory will be a national, interactive discussion.

The Summit organisers want to enable discussion amongst participants drawn from various sectors and regions. In an effort to achieve this, we are using several techniques. There will be a series of informative background papers prepared by Thought Leaders, which will be circulated, posted online, and read in advance. During the Summit, Agents Provocateurs such as Kate Theimer, Laura Millar, Francois Cartier, Chad Gaffield, and Ann Cavoukian, will provide rapid 7 minute presentations to advance new thinking and provoke debate. Discussion circles will then discuss the background papers and presentations and then report back to the full group. Since only a limited number of individuals (by invitation) can participate at the Summit in Toronto, the event will be simulcast live in both official languages to various parts of the country. In each province, gathering places will be set up so that regional groups can follow the presentations, hold their own discussions, and feed ideas back to the central gathering.

The Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada's Recorded Memory is only the beginning of a strategic re-envisioning process for the Canadian archival community. The Summit proceedings will remain online to permit continuing dialogue and to inform discussion at the annual general meetings of the various archival associations. The Summit is the first step towards building a new infrastructure for Canada's most important (and precious) national asset - our documentary heritage.

We cordially invite you to block the date of Friday, January 17, 2014 on your calendar so you can participate in this unique event. The full Summit programme and further details on gathering places will be announced as they become available.