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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (EDI-TF)

The Association of Canadian Archivists recognizes that equity, diversity and inclusion are critical to developing a talented, capable and supportive profession. We are committed to creating an environment, both within the ACA and the broader archives and recordkeeping profession, that attracts, develops and retains individuals that reflect the communities they serve.

In recognition of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the ACA want to make significant and meaningful change. The urgency of this commitment requires a focused task force.

The ACA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (EDI-TF) is responsible for recommending a strategic and coordinated approach for the ACA related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. The task force will explore research, best practices, and methods for the purpose of developing an EDI Action Plan to affirm the ACA’s commitment to EDI and set directions by identifying priorities and strategies to achieve them. The EDI Action Plan will provide immediate actions the ACA may undertake, as well as inform strategic planning to begin anew in 2021.

Responsibilities:

The EDI-TF is primarily responsible for the delivery of the EDI Action Plan. To adequately deliver this Action Plan, the task force will:

  • Learn from other professional associations, non-profits, and other organizations about best practices, strategies, approaches, and lessons learned
  • Develop a resource list of materials to support EDI learning and strategic planning for the ACA and its members
  • Develop key definitional concepts to clarify and support EDI within the ACA
  • Consider input from members and non-members about EDI within the ACA and the broader archives and recordkeeping profession
  • Consider resources and available supports within and outside of the ACA to support EDI
  • Recommend an EDI Action Plan to the Board prior to the ACA’s 2021 Annual General Meeting

EDI-TF Members

 Magnus Berg (he/they) is a queer transman and white settler with invisible disabilities. Magnus is a student in the MLIS program at Western University, where they serve as the National Student Committee Liaison for the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians Student Chapter. They hold a MA in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University where they wrote their thesis on the access and preservation issues facing transgender audiovisual collections. Magnus is the Co-Chair of the LGBT Committee for the Association of Moving Image Archivists. They have worked at Visual Studies Workshop, The ArQuives, Ryerson University, The GLBT Historical Society Archives & Museum, UBC-Okanagan and Western University. 
 Victoria Deleary is the Treaty Research Coordinator for the Chippewas of the Thames. Victoria is a member of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce (TRC-TF), which is coordinated through the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives. She is also a member of the Library and Archives Canada’s Indigenous Advisory Circle. She is a graduate of the Master of Information Studies program at the University of Toronto iSchool and holds a BA from Western University.
 Lucie Handley-Girard (she/her) serves as Archivist at the ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) in Toronto. She holds a BA and a MI both from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include community archives, archival performativity, and archives as spaces for activism, resistance, and identity formation.  
 Laura Hernandez obtained her BA in History and Anthropology and MA in Public History from Western University. She worked for a decade in historical litigation research and is now on her third year at Library and Archives Canada. Her areas of research include Indigenous history, Federal-Provincial relations, and Government Records. She is currently working as a political archivist at Library and Archives Canada.
 Danielle Robichaud works in Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library. As Digital Archivist she is responsible for managing the creation, management and use of digitized primary resources, and improving the online discoverability of archival holdings. Her professional interests include diversifying historical narratives shared online, challenging status quo attitudes about archival practice, and finding the inner strength to accept digital sunk costs. In 2018 Danielle was awarded the James J. Talman Award by the Archives Association of Ontario for her work related to Wikipedia and the implementation of the Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
 Rebecka Sheffield (she/her) is an archivist and archival educator based in Hamilton, Ontario. She has taught in graduate programs at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, for the University of Toronto iSchool, and for Library Juice Academy. Presently, she is a senior policy advisor for the Archives of Ontario and works on digital recordkeeping strategies. Rebecka previously served as the Executive Director for the ArQuives, where she spent the better part of a decade learning as much as possible about Canada’s LGBTQ2+ histories. She has studied sociology, gender studies, publishing, and archives. She completed a PhD in information studies and sexual diversity studies at the University of Toronto.
 Leanne Templeton is the Archivist for the Chinook Winds & Northern Spirit Regional Councils of the United Church. She is a cisgender woman of mixed ancestry with a MSc in Archives and Records Management from the University of Dundee. She has a background in archives, libraries and museums and a passion for diversity and inclusion. Leanne enjoys working with volunteers and non-profits and has an interest in genealogy. She is a descendant of settlers who came from China to work on the Canadian railroads and from Bessarabia to farm on the Prairies.


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