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ACA 2021 
Conference Workshops


Workshop 1
Digital File Transfer App and the National Accession Standard

Monday June 7, 2021

3:00 - 5:00 pm EDT / 12:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT

Instructors: Daniel Lovegrove & Raymond Frogner, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

As more of our archives become trusted digital repositories, archival functions must be executed in a digital environment. In this workshop, attendees will be presented with an open-source digital record transfer application the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has designed to ingest new accessions into the NCTR's digital holdings. It collects descriptive metadata from donors through a web form before allowing them to upload their records. The collected metadata is based on the 56 fields in the Canadian Archival Accession Information Standard (CAAIS), of which the donor is only required to fill a few vital fields; the rest are automatically generated. The records and metadata from the completed transfer are captured according to the BagIt protocol. The metadata is also stored in a database, which can be exported as a CSV or HTML file. The exported CSV can be used to import records into an archival database, and the HTML file presents the completed transfer in an easily readable format for review.

A digital transfer application has multiple benefits:

  • Security: the donor is given an account to log into the transfer environment and submit the records and metadata via HTTPS.
  • Function: the metadata is stored in a way that it can be exported in several formats. The transfer is sent to a secure server where the materials can be inspected and appraised for archival value, and a donation grant drafted.
  • Environment: There is no material cost to purchasing and shipping an external hard drive.

Register for June 7 Workshop


Workshop 2
Description and Access for Anti-Black Archival Materials

Tuesday June 8, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 pm EDT / 1:00 - 2:30 pm PDT

Instructor: Melissa J. Nelson

This workshop will address anti-Black racism in archival records by providing methods on how to create inclusive descriptions and how to provide access to these materials while minimizing harm. This workshop will ask participants to think critically about the impact of descriptive and access practices for racist archival records. The workshop will include interactive activities and discussions with time for reflection.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn how to apply some anti-racist frameworks to descriptive practices
  • Understand how to minimize harm while facilitating access to racist archival records
  • Learn how to think critically about the impact of archival practices on the discoverability of racist archival records

Register for June 8 Workshop


Workshop 3
Incorporating Indigenous Ways in Archival Policy and Procedure Development - Panel Discussion with Yukon Presenters

Wednesday June 9, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 pm EDT / 1:00 - 3:00 pm PDT

Angela Code - Moderator 

Gùdia, Mary Jane Johnson - Yukon First Nation Elder 

Sheila Greer, Roberta Nakoochee and Nancy Vanden-Eykel - Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) 

Susan Parsons - Trondëk Hwëch'in First Nation (THFN) 

Karly Leonard and Tahyah Van Bibber - Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) 

This panel will explore the policies and procedures developed by the Yukon Council of Archives' Yukon Self-Governing First Nations members. With the increasing awareness of Indigenous records through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action and other Indigenous activities across the world, YCA would like to take this opportunity to create a safe space to share some of our members' archival policies and procedures. This workshop will invite discussion on current practice in Indgenizing Canadian archives and how we can move Reconciliation efforts forward. YCA hopes by sharing our members' experiences in policy-making, it will encourage others to share similar efforts. Together, we can create policies that honour Indigenous perspectives relating to the care of their Nations' records. 

An opening statement acknowledging the workshop's location in the Traditional Territories of the Kwalin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwä'chän Council will be given.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Be better informed on the obstacles and parameters of creating archival policies and procedures relating to Indigenous archival heritage institutions and holdings.
  • Have a better understanding of what it means to "Indigenize" archives and how that can be reflected in archival policies and procedures, using Yukon Self-Governing First Nations as case studies.
  • Have an increased awareness of the developing critical discourse on Indigenization in the Canadian archival discipline.

Register for June 9 Workshop


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