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Equity Task Force

The Association of Canadian Archivists recognizes that equity is 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, the ACA want to make significant and meaningful change. The urgency of this commitment requires a focused task force.

The ACA’s Equity Task Force 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 Equity Action Plan to affirm the ACA’s commitment to Equity and set directions by identifying priorities and strategies to achieve them. The Equity Action Plan will provide immediate actions the ACA may undertake, as well as inform strategic planning to begin anew in 2021.


The Equity Task Force is primarily responsible for the delivery of the Equity 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 equity-informed learning and strategic planning for the ACA and its members
  • Develop key definitional concepts to clarify and support equity within the ACA
  • Consider input from members and non-members about equity within the ACA and the broader archives and recordkeeping profession
  • Consider resources and available supports within and outside of the ACA to support equity
  • Recommend an Equity Action Plan to the Board prior to the ACA’s 2021 Annual General Meeting

EDI-TF Members

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.
Ferrin Evans is a Master of Information candidate at the University of Toronto. He is currently a media archivist at the university’s Media Commons library and a film programmer with Inside Out Toronto, as well as a volunteer with The ArQuives (Toronto). In the past, he has worked with the Gay Archives of Quebec, Toronto Queer Film Festival, Cinema Politica, and the MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, where he served on the Board of Directors. His current research centres on queer loss and memory work during COVID-19.
 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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