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ACA 2021 Virtual Conference - June 7-11, 2021

ACA 2021: Home Improvement - Virtual conference June 7-11, 2021

Home Improvement: Building Archives Through Change


The 46th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Archivists asks us to consider the subject of "home" in its many manifestations and metaphors. Memory keepers occupy many homes at once – institutional, professional, personal – and as they have brought their work home onto kitchen tables, home offices and back yards over this pandemic year, the ACA 2021 conference calls us to question if the homes we have built meet the needs of our communities, if they are welcoming and accessible, and whether they have been built on solid foundations.

With over 100 speakers, facilitators and instructors from Canada, the USA, and Australia addressing topics such as collaborating with community members, description and access online, environmental sustainability, archival education, digital records, and critical archival studies, our vibrant and inclusive program will provide many opportunities for thoughtful learning and development.

We are excited to feature five plenary sessions:

  • Author Dionne Brand reading from the monumental The Blue Clerk
  • A forum of representatives from five national-scale organizations
  • Plenary Panel: Collaborative Archives for Human Rights (Jen Castro, Amanda Grzyb, Yvonne Ng)
  • Plenary Panel: Black Archives Matter (Karina Vernon, Mark V. Campbell, Cheryl Thompson)
  • A closing keynote from internationally-lauded author and archivist Verne Harris
Plus: a fantastic series of workshops, collaborative discussion forums and social events. Please see our schedule for more details!

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

Accessing the Conference

Our conference is hosted using the Whova platform. Whova is integrated with the Zoom conferencing tool for video, audio, and interaction. You can access livestreams, recordings and other conference features like discussions and messaging via Whova three ways:

Whova Web application

  • Best for accessing livestreams and recordings from your laptop or desktop computer
  • Community discussion board and attendee messaging features also available
  • Whova recommends using the Google Chrome browser

Whova Mobile application

  • Good for accessing the schedule, community discussion board and attendee messaging features from your mobile phone
  • Livestreams and recordings are accessible here too
  • If you have installed the Whova app previously, make sure it is updated to the latest version

ACA 2021 schedule

  • Can launch conference sessions and view recordings directly from the schedule in the Zoom application, but will require event access code entry each time
  • Community discussion board, pre- and post-session q&a, and attendee messaging features are not available
All three methods may require you to enter the event access code which will be sent to you as part of your conference registration.

Read more about Whova and Zoom in our Conference Guide!

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
Kent Kikot
Jenna Murdock Smith

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