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ACA 2021 Virtual Conference - June 7-11, 2021

Home Improvement: Building Archives Through Change

Highlights from the ACA 2021 program:

  • 17 core sessions that together include more than 100 speakers giving paper presentations, roundtable and panel discussions, including an exciting poster lightning session
  • Three conference workshops: “Digital File Transfer App and the National Accession Standard,” “Description and Access for Anti-Black Archival Materials,” and “Incorporating Indigenous Ways in Archival Policy and Procedure Development.”
  • Two discussion forums, including the 2nd BIPOC Archivists Forum on June 7
  • Social events programmed by Emily Lonie and Jenna Murdock Smith, including a first-timers meetup, Trivia Night and more!
  • An opening session "Cross Country Archives Checkup: A National Organizations Update Forum" on June 8 featuring speakers from LAC, CCA, CRKN, Portage/NDRIO and CCUNESCO giving an update on their activities during the past year, followed by questions and discussion
  • A plenary panel “Collaborative Archives for Human Rights” on June 9 featuring Jen Castro (Digital Democracy), Amanda Grzyb (Western University), and Yvonne Ng (WITNESS) speaking about projects to support human rights through documentation projects and methods for ethically collaborating with communities in this work
  • A second plenary panel "Black Archives Matter" on June 10 featuring scholars Mark Campbell, (University of Toronto Scarborough), Cheryl Thompson (Ryerson University), and Karina Vernon (University of Toronto) speaking about their experiences working with, and to create, archives of Black history and memory in Canada
  • A closing keynote titled "Home is Haunted" by internationally-lauded author and archivist Verne Harris (Nelson Mandela Foundation) on June 11

Our 2021 registration rates are:

  • Members & AAQ/ARMA members: $ 100.00
  • Non-Members: $ 200.00
  • Students & precariously employed members: $ 50.00

  • A number of free subsidized spots are also available to students and precariously employed members facing financial hardship thanks to the support of the ACA Board and donations from members. These are offered on a first come, first served basis by contacting the ACA Secretariat at

Questions or concerns? Contact the Program Team

Program Team:

Grant Hurley (Chair)
Angela Beking
Jesse Boiteau
Ferrin Evans
Devon Mordell
Amanda Oliver (Education Committee Liaison)
Juanita Rossiter
Emily Sommers
Alexandra Wieland

Virtual Hosts:

Emily Lonie
Jenna Murdock Smith

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