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  • 19 Dec 2023 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a part of a UBC iSchool course on Public Programming, students Harron Hall, Laura Dickson and Oluwatomilola Ojo wrote this compelling letter to the political powers that be, calling for RCMP recordkeeping accountability in relation to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. This call is in response to recommendations published in Forsaken: The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, informally known as the “Wally Oppal” report, which focuses on the RCMP’s court challenge to allow for the destruction of evidence in the Robert Pickton case. 

    Please consider adding your name to the online petition linked at the end of this document.

     

    December 7, 2023

     

    The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions

    and Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Canada

    269 Laurier Avenue West

    Ottawa ON K1A 0P8

     

    Niki Sharma, Attorney General of British Columbia

    Room 232 Parliament Buildings, Government of British Columbia

    Victoria BC V8V 1X4

     

    Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

    British Columbia, Government of British Columbia

    PO Box 9282 Stn Prov Govt

    Victoria BC V8W 9J7

     

    Mike Duheme, Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

    RCMP National Headquarters

    73 Leikin Drive

    Ottawa ON K1A 0R2

     

    Re: A call for RCMP recordkeeping accountability in relation to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people

     

    We are a group of information professionals who are deeply concerned about the scarcity of sufficient, comprehensive records relating to missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls shows that although it is likely that more than 1,000 Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people are missing or murdered, the exact number and the affected communities remain unknown.

    The enduring colonial relationship between the justice system and Indigenous people is fraught with bias and discrimination. As a result, recordkeeping relating to these cases is insufficient and sometimes inaccurate—families often dispute the official conclusions of case files. This is especially clear in the Robert Pickton case, as families have advocated for co-conspirators to be charged and for Pickton to be charged with the remaining victims. Furthermore, inadequate record-keeping practices are outlined in the Forsaken: The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, informally known as the “Wally Oppal” report. Commissioner Wally Oppal outlines that the lack of information systems hindered proper investigation. This caused a significant barrier to solving the cases sooner and enforcing justice.  

    The recent application submitted by the RCMP to dispose of roughly 14,000 exhibits relating to the Robert Pickton cases further demonstrates that recordkeeping and documentation around this issue are still not taken seriously. While we recognize the amount of resources needed to preserve the evidence, we also acknowledge that we are in an era of reconciliation, and it is past time to answer the recommendations outlined in the two inquiries, along with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Moreover, this letter endorses the recent RCMP Destruction of Evidence “open letter.” Moreover, consistent with the National Inquiry’s Final Report calling for nationwide consistency in reporting mechanisms for missing Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, we call on the RCMP to implement a strict, consistent, and comprehensive record-keeping policy for cases involving MMIWG2S+. This is imperative for justice, accountability, transparency, and truth and reconciliation. Furthermore, a database for existing records and new caseloads must be maintained. This database must be trauma-informed, Indigenous-led, and centered on impacted families.

    Therefore, in upholding our commitment towards reconciliation as information professionals, we call on the RCMP and governments of BC and Canada to intervene and support the request to preserve evidence in the Pickton case. We endorse the following Calls to Action outlined in the RCMP Destruction of Evidence “open letter.”

    1. Moratorium on Evidence Destruction: We call for an immediate end to the RCMP’s disposal (including dispersion or destruction) of evidence related to the Pickton case and for adequate resources to be allocated to ensure the integrity of this evidence is preserved to ensure a thorough investigation into the unsolved cases and prevent impunity for co-conspirators.

    2. Legislative Review and Reform: We call for a review and reform of the legislative framework governing evidence disposition, particularly in unsolved cases involving Indigenous and marginalized women and girls. This review should aim to create a clear, consistent, and transparent national policy that aligns with Canada’s human rights obligations to prevent and remedy violence against women

    3. Strengthening Accountability: Reinforce mechanisms of accountability within the RCMP and related judicial bodies to ensure that the handling of evidence always reflects the highest standards of investigation and respects the principles of reconciliation, human rights and equality.

    4. Prioritize Resources Towards the Unsolved Missing Women’s Investigations: We call for the RCMP to exercise their due diligence by prioritizing adequate resources towards the investigations of the unsolved missing women’s cases related to Pickton to ensure that they are capable of leading to prosecutions and remedies for victims. This includes ensuring that all legal avenues are explored

    Both the Wally Oppal and MMIW2S+ reports play a pivotal role in unveiling the pervasive issue of violence against Indigenous women and girls, providing a comprehensive understanding of the historical and systemic challenges they face. Ignoring the preservation and prioritization of information management and archival records within the justice system carries profound consequences. The primary risk lies in hindering transparency and perpetuating historical injustices. By neglecting this critical RCMP record, there is a danger of marginalizing the voices of Indigenous women and girls who have experienced violence, denying them the societal acknowledgement they deserve.

    Additionally, the failure of the RCMP and the Government of Canada to prioritize the RCMP record undermines the efforts of Indigenous people in seeking information about their family members. This neglect erodes the potential for truth and reconciliation, hindering the healing process for affected communities and obstructing the path toward justice. As technology advances, there is an opportunity to identify the DNA of co-conspirators and charge Robert Pickton with the murder of the remaining victims.

    Moreover, RCMP and the Government of Canada overlooking the proper documentation and keeping of this record will jeopardize the broader goal of addressing systemic issues, hindering progress toward a more equitable and just society. The consequences extend beyond the immediate implications for Indigenous communities, impacting the collective understanding of historical events and impeding the ability to learn from the past.

    In essence, ignoring the significance of the calls to action identified places at stake the pursuit of transparency, justice, and the comprehensive recognition of the experiences of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. It diminishes the potential for societal healing and reconciliation, perpetuating a cycle of historical oversight and systemic neglect.

     

    Sincerely,

    Harron Hall

    MAS student

    University of British Columbia

    EMAIL: hall29@ubc.student.ca

     

    Laura Dickson

    MLIS student, UBC

     

    Oluwatomilola Ojo

    MLIS Student, UBC

     

    Enclosed:

    Endorsers/Signatories - Re: A Call To Preserve Evidence In The Pickton Case (google.com)

  • 7 Dec 2023 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ACA 2024 Virtual Conference

    Future-Proofing: Centring Care Now for Archives Tomorrow

    Future-Proofing: Centring Care Now for Archives Tomorrow discusses designing systems and processes, and relationships that anticipate future needs of users, archivists, and society. What strategies and tools can archivists use to prepare for future challenges, known and unknown? What practices can archivists draw upon to support our resilience and that of our materials while we consider the still-developing challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Climate Crisis, and social and political conflict? Future-Proofing: Centring Care Now for Archives Tomorrow explores how we can proactively prepare our profession to ensure that archival organizations remain relevant to their communities, responsive to the evolving record-keeping landscape, and in accordance with professional ethics.

    Location: Virtual/ Alberta

    Dates: June 11 - 13, 2024
    Format: Virtual

    PROPOSALS DEADLINE:

    Friday, January 5, 2024, 11:59 pm, MST

    The 2024 ACA Program Team invites proposals that reflect on the theme of Future-Proofing: Centring Care Now for Archives Tomorrow.

    Types of Proposals (All VIRTUAL):

    • Traditional Session: Presentation of research papers, case studies, and thought pieces. 20 minutes per speaker followed by a question period.
    • Panel Discussion: Presentation of research papers, case studies, and programs or projects. 10 minutes per speaker followed by a discussion period.
    • Roundtable:  Presentations of programs, projects, and tools. 5 minutes per speaker with open discussion.
    • Focused Debate on Specific Topic: Brief presentations with debate to follow.
    • Sprint Session on Specific Challenge: Presentation of a challenge to registered group of participants. Timed exercise to brainstorm a solution to a problem.
    • Performance: Presentation of a short film, video, dance, song, or performance. 5-15 minutes. Discussion period.
    • Storytelling session
    • Workshops: Virtual interactive workshops using Zoom. 1.5 – 3 hrs in length. Participation can be limited to a specific number if necessary.
    • Other format: Please share your ideas!

    Suggested Conference Topic Areas:

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Archives

    • AI tools for archival processes (appraisal, arrangement & description, preservation, and access)
    • AI and Digital Curation for online archives
    • Ethical considerations of AI and Archives
    • Access, Privacy and AI
    • Increasing accessibility with AI
    • Trustworthiness of AI-generated records
    • Building competencies for new technologies, such as AI into archival education programs for students and professionals.
    • Indigenous perspectives and approaches to AI and Archives
    • Bias and representation in AI training data

    Climate Crisis

    • Emergency & Disaster Preparedness
    • Wildfire Response & Case Studies
    • Climate Emergency Toolkit Creation
    • Conservation & Treatments for Archival Materials
    • Considering digital preservation through a Climate Change lens
    • Adapting appraisal and selection strategies to address Climate Change
    • Climate Activism and Archives
    • Building competencies for Climate Change adaptation into archival education programs for students and professionals
    • Indigenous perspectives and approaches to stewardship and Climate Crisis

    Social and Political Conflict

    • Integrating trauma-informed practice into archival appraisal and selection
    • Trauma-informed Practices and Disaster Recovery
    • Trauma-informed Practices and Oral History during Crisis Events
    • Advocacy for adapting trauma-informed practices in Archives
    • Mis/dis information and recordkeeping during conflict
    • Human rights and Archives
    • Indigenous knowledge and archives as sites of conflict
    • Truth and Reconciliation strategies and case studies

    While topics related to AI, Climate Crisis and Social & Political Conflict will be highlighted at the 2024 ACA Conference, the Program Team will consider proposals exploring other areas and encourage practitioners to submit proposals related to current actions to make archives more accessible and/or relevant in the future.

    The Call for Student Papers and a Call for Posters will be announced in early 2024. Scholarships are available to students and are administered by the ACA Foundation.

    Please feel free to direction questions to:

    Jessica Bushey

    Chair, ACA 2024 Conference Program Committee

    Program Team Members

    Jonathan Bowie

    Linnet Chappelka

    Sam Frederick

    Emma Morros

    Karen Ng

    Lelland Reed

    Corinne Rogers

    Olivia White

  • 7 Dec 2023 9:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    La version française suit 

    Call for Proposals for Concordia University's Library Research Forum 2024 (Deadline: January 26, 2024) 

    Presentation and poster proposals are now being accepted for Concordia University's 22nd Library Research Forum. This year's Research Forum will be a two-day hybrid event, with presentations taking place virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, and presentations and posters taking place in person at Concordia University’s Loyola Campus on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

    This year’s plenary speaker will be Aaron Johnson, Principal Investigator at Concordia’s Vision Lab and Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure in Concordia’s Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as Resident Researcher at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR), whose research in human vision spans a range of areas from low-level computational models of vision, to applied research in the fields of marketing, aviation, and low-vision rehabilitation.

    Proposal deadline: January 26, 2024. For more details about the event and how to submit a proposal, visit: http://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/forum 

    Questions? Please contact the Forum Committee at lib-forum@concordia.ca

    Library Research Forum Committee 2023-2024: Krista Alexander, Larry Deck (chair), Kate Ripley, Pat Riva, Ellen Wright

    ******************************************************************

    Sujet : Appel à propositions pour le Forum de recherche de la Bibliothèque de l’Université Concordia 2024 (Date limite : le 26 janvier 2024)

    Vous êtes invités à soumettre une proposition pour le 22e Forum annuel de recherche de la Bibliothèque de l'Université Concordia. Le Forum de recherche de cette année aura lieu de façon hybride avec des présentations virtuelles sur Zoom mardi le 16 avril 2024, et des présentations et affiches sur place au Campus Loyola de l’Université Concordia mercredi le 17 avril 2024.

    Cette année, notre conférencier invité est Aaron Johnson, chercheur principal au laboratoire de vision de Concordia et vice-doyen, recherche et infrastructures de la faculté des arts et des sciences de Concordia, ainsi que chercheur résident au Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR), dont les recherches sur la vision humaine incluent des modèles informatiques de bas niveau de la vision ainsi que la recherche appliquée dans les domaines du marketing, de l'aviation et de la réadaptation des personnes malvoyantes.

    Date limite pour les propositions : le 26 janvier 2024. Pour plus de détails sur l'événement et sur la façon de soumettre une proposition, visitez : http://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/forum  

    Questions? Veuillez contacter le comité du forum au lib-forum@concordia.ca

    Le comité organisateur du Forum sur la recherche en bibliothéconomie : Krista Alexander, Larry Deck (président du comité), Kate Ripley, Pat Riva, Ellen Wright

     

  • 4 Dec 2023 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 4, 2023

    Dear ACA Members, 

    RE: ACA Statement on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  

    Like you, the Board of the Association of Canadian Archivists has watched events unfold in Israel and Gaza over the past couple of months with very heavy hearts. We continue to witness, in disbelief and horror, the continued escalation of violence in the region, and we join our voices with all who condemn attacks on innocent men, women and children in both Israel and Palestine. The scale of destruction, the incalculable suffering, and loss of life has been horrendous. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who have been affected by these ongoing acts of violence and terror. 

    While it pales in comparison with the human costs of this conflict, we are also deeply concerned by the damage to, and destruction of cultural heritage institutions such as historic sites, museums, libraries, and archives. Recent media reports suggest over 100 cultural heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed in air assaults, resulting in the destruction of invaluable tangible and intangible heritage including archival records documenting the histories of Palestine and the Palestinian people. In fact, at the time of writing, it was our understanding that memory-building institutions such as the Central Archives of Gaza City along with culture centres, theatres, and libraries had been heavily damaged if not outright destroyed. Equally distressing is the loss of essential utility infrastructure such as communication and internet, which Gaza residents and humanitarian aid organizations rely on to ensure their safety and the safety of others.  

    Since the catalytic events of October 7, we have also borne witness to the appalling rise in antisemitic- and Islamophobic-fuelled violence against members of Jewish and Muslim populations around the world, Canada included. Make no mistake: the Association of Canadian Archivists unequivocally condemns any hate-motivated actions. Targeting individuals and communities with violence and intimidation due to the actions of government is reprehensible and must stop. 

    The Association recognizes that geography limits our capacity to help those directly affected by this violence at this time. We also understand that our members may, and likely do, hold vastly different perspectives and beliefs on this situation. However, we are united not only by our common humanity but also through our professional commitment to preservation and access and together we stand opposed to violence and ongoing destruction of documentary heritage.   

    We know that the suffering caused through this conflict transcends borders, and many in our communities have been affected. To this end, the Association encourages our members to consider engaging in any, or all, of the personal and professional actions listed below to help those at home and abroad during these troubling times. 

    Personal Action 

    • Consider contributing financially to one of the following aid organizations:  

    Professional Action 

    • Consider implementing an archival assessment project to reveal the gaps in your holdings which may omit the voices of often marginalized communities, such as Palestinian/Islamic-Canadians and Jewish-Canadians. Consider working with these communities to correct this omission.   

    • If you have archival materials documenting the experiences of Palestinian/Islamic-Canadians and/or Jewish-Canadians, consider making such materials more visible to enable and encourage ongoing education, and cross-cultural dialogue about cultures, beliefs, and histories.  

    • Consider ways through which your institution, or yourself could support the ongoing work of community-centric archives including, but not limited to: 

    We encourage our members to consider doing what they can, both in accordance with their capacity and their means, to support international aid organizations convey necessities for life to those in greatest need, and to protect and support the cultural heritage of those diasporic communities within Canada currently so affected by the ongoing conflict.  

    No matter your religious or atheistic proclivity, please join us in united invocation calling for the swift and permanent cessation of hostilities, and for the health and safety of those currently in danger.  

    With deepest respect,  

    The Board of Directors for the Association of Canadian Archivists

  • 4 Dec 2023 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Young Canada Works 2024-2025 campaign has launched!

    The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) is pleased to announce that the 2024-2025 campaign for the Young Canada Works (YCW) program for heritage organizations has launched. This program is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH), supporting the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy.

    All archival institutions, as well as libraries operating in English, can now apply online for short-term jobs for students (YCW in Heritage Organizations), and internships for graduates (YCW at Building Careers in Heritage) via the official YCW website (https://young-canada-works.canada.ca/Account/Login ).

    Deadline

    The application deadline for short-term student jobs (HO) and internships (BCH) is January 19, 2024.

    Government Priorities

    The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening diversity and inclusion in youth employment.

    It is important to note the government priorities for 2024-2025.

    Please note that the application assessment process will take into account the following priorities:

      *   Indigenous employers (eligible projects);

      *   projects aimed at Indigenous participants (Indigenous or non-Indigenous employer - youth who self-identifies as First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or urban or non-affiliated Indigenous youth.);

      *   projects focusing on Indigenous cultural heritage (Indigenous or a non-Indigenous employer); and

      *   hiring youth that are part of equity-deserving groups (https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/glossary.html#a7 ).

    If you have already submitted your application and would like to make changes based on these government priorities, please contact us so that we can unlock your application promptly.

    Please visit CCA’s website (https://archivescanada.ca/young-canada-works/ ) for more information.

    If you have any questions concerning your application in the archival field, do not hesitate to contact Louise Charlebois at ycw_jct@archivescanada.ca.

    If you have any questions concerning your application as a library operating in English, do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Pond at ycw-cla@archivescanada.ca

    *-*-*

    La campagne Jeunesse Canada au travail 2024-2025 est lancée!

    Le Conseil canadien des archives (CCA) est heureux d'annoncer que la campagne 2024-2025 du programme Jeunesse Canada au travail (JCT) pour les organismes du patrimoine est maintenant lancée. Ce programme est financé par le ministère du Patrimoine canadien (PCH) et appuie la Stratégie emploi et compétences jeunesse du Canada.

    Tous les services d'archives, ainsi que les bibliothèques œuvrant en anglais, peuvent compléter leurs demandes en ligne pour des projets d’emplois étudiants à court terme (JCT dans les établissements du patrimoine) ainsi que pour des stages pour les diplômés (JCT pour une carrière vouée au patrimoine) sur le site officiel JCT (https://jeunesse-canada-travail.canada.ca/Account/Login ).

    Date limite

    La date limite pour la soumission de vos demandes pour les emplois étudiants à court terme et pour les stages est le 19 janvier 2024.

    Les priorités du gouvernement

    Le gouvernement du Canada s’engage à renforcer la diversité et l’inclusion au sein de l’emploi jeunesse.

    Il est important de prendre note des priorités du gouvernement pour le cycle 2023-2024.

    Veuillez noter que le processus d'évaluation prendra en compte les priorités suivantes :

      *   les employeurs autochtones (projets admissibles);

      *   les projets qui visent des participants autochtones (employeur autochtone ou non-autochtone - Les jeunes qui s’identifient comme membres des Premières Nations, Inuit, Métis et/ou autochtones vivant en milieu urbain ou non affiliés.);

      *   les projets axés sur le patrimoine culturel autochtone (employeur autochtone ou non-autochtone); et

      *   l’embauche de jeunes appartenant à des groupes méritant l’équité (https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/services/financement/jeunesse-canada-travail/glossaire.html#a14 ).

    Si vous avez déjà soumis votre demande et vous souhaitez apporter des modifications en fonction de ces priorités gouvernementales, veuillez nous contacter afin que nous puissions déverrouiller votre demande rapidement.

    Nous vous invitons à visiter notre site (https://archivescanada.ca/fr/jeunesse-canada-au-travail/ ) pour plus d'information.

    Si vous avez des questions concernant votre demande dans le domaine archivistique, n'hésitez pas à communiquer avec Louise Charlebois à l’adresse ycw_jct@archivescanada.ca.

  • 22 Nov 2023 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the biggest shopping days of the year. Giving Tuesday was created to get away from the rampant consumerism and provide a moment to give back through acts of generosity. This Giving Tuesday we are asking for your support.

    The Association for Canadian Archivists Foundation is the charitable arm of the Association of Canadian Archivists. It raises and grants funds supporting the educational and research needs of the Canadian archival profession.

    We are looking for donations (small and large) to the Foundation to advance education by providing publicly available scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance to post-secondary students, graduates and professionals to be used for education

    All money raised will go towards the ACAF Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 2010 to produce a long-term income stream for the provision of scholarships to archival studies students, and thus support the Canadian archival profession.

    Donations are tax deductible.

     

    Thank you for your support!


  • 22 Nov 2023 12:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While the MASIS group has been quiet we have still been holding meetings and events and we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to let the co-Chairs know what types of or topics for meetings would encourage you to participate in future MASIS virtual meet-ups.

    Topics and ideas for future meeting that were discussed at our Fall get together included:

    • Where does your archive live in your organization (i.e. as a part of corporate services, Information Services, Clerk’s division, etc.) and how that helps and / or provides challenges for you,
    • Origin stories of how your municipal archives program came to exist,
    • What are you equipment needs and how easy / what are the challenges to getting what you need,
    • Archive Access vs Privacy,
    • Digital archiving,
    • Larger municipality issues and concerns vs small municipal archive issues and concerns,
    • Government accessions vs. private,
    • What supports do you get and where are they lacking, and
    • Friends of societies

    If folks have other ideas or some topic ideas listed resonate more than others we encourage you to email either Jamie Sanford (MASIS.Chair1@archivists.ca) or Angela Fornelli (MASIS.Chair2@archivists.ca) to let us know.

    We are hoping to schedule our next meeting for late January or early February and hold meetings every four months (for a total of 3 a year). Meetings will include a one minute update for all attendees, doodle polls to past participants on meeting dates, and hopefully lots of laughs and support.

    Have a say in the MASIS group by reaching out to one or both of the MASIS co-Chairs.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Jamie & Angela

  • 6 Nov 2023 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ACA 2024 Virtual Conference will be “hosted” by Alberta, and we need volunteers for the Host Team! What does the Host Team do? Well, we’re the team responsible for planning and coordinating those fun social activities that conference participants love to do. 

    We are looking for ACA members at any stage in their career and from all backgrounds to help us plan some engaging, virtual activities. Please sign up using the ACA Volunteer Form. 

    Interested, but not sure if you want to commit or just looking for more information? Just email Anna Gibson Hollow at Host.Team@archivists.ca.

  • 12 Oct 2023 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    12 October 2023


    In May 2023 the Province of Ontario announced plans to break up the Region of Peel (Peel Region) into its three constitutive municipalities: Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon by January 1, 2025. Times of change and transition can endanger archives; however, in the wake of the Province’s decision to dissolve the Peel Region, we have observed rhetoric regarding the Peel Archives that has concerned the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) and members of our professional community. Accordingly, we are writing today to update our members about some of the issues we and the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) are keeping an eye on.

    The ACA extends its support of the letter released by our colleagues at AAO and call for the protection of the Peel Archives throughout the process of dissolving the Peel Region. Following on the announcement to dissolve the Peel Region, a five-member board was appointed by the Province to provide recommendations for a dissolution process that "respects taxpayers and protects existing services.” We support the AAO’s call for this board to consider the crucial role that the Region of Peel Archives plays in not only safeguarding the Peel Region’s municipal records, but also in preserving the historical and cultural memory of the Peel Region. We affirm that plans for the dissolution of the Peel Region be made with concern and care for the archival records of its communities and citizens. Furthermore, we stress that any decision about the Peel Archives be made in close consultation with professional archives staff with knowledge of the unique records of the Peel Archives.

    Although the plans to dissolve the Peel Region are largely unclear at this time, any plans that impact the Peel Archives must be made in consultation with archivists who can advise on the best course of action for the archival records of the region. Archivists are highly trained professionals, with a unique understanding of the importance of records and the challenges inherent in their preservation. It is essential to the successful dissolution of the Peel Region that its archival staff be consulted on decisions regarding the Peel Archives. Finally, the ACA recognizes the unique importance of the Peel Archives to the archival heritage of the Peel Region and urges the consideration of these recommendations as the plans to dissolve the Region are made in the coming year.

    As the calendar moves towards the Province’s deadline, the ACA will collaborate on matters with the AAO where we believe we can provide assistance and support. The ACA recognizes and values the AAO’s expertise and for matters related to Ontario archives, and will lend support where requested, particularly where an impact can be made nationally.

     

    Yours in archival solidarity,

    Erica Hernández-Read, President

    On behalf of the Association of Canadian Archivists Board of Directors

  • 4 Oct 2023 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am pleased to announce that Al Cunningham Rogers has been awarded the 2023 Dodds Prize for their paper "Theoretical Approaches to the Appraisal of Graffiti Ephemera: A Toronto Case Study.”

    Al will graduate from the University of Toronto this spring, and their paper was submitted by Fiorella Foscarini. During their time at UofT, Al has been working with Dr. Shana Almeida at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) as a research assistant on a SSHRC funded project considering race, racism, and governance strategies in Toronto. They have recently accepted a position at Scholar’s Portal to assist with digital preservation.

    Instituted in 2011, the Dodds Prize recognizes superior research and writing on an archival topic by a student enrolled in a Master's level archival studies program at a Canadian university. The award honours Gordon Dodds (1941–2010), first President of the ACA, and Archivaria's longest-serving general editor. Submissions received for the 2022-23 academic year were reviewed by adjudication committee members Amy Marshall Furness, Brett Lougheed, Alexandra Mills, and Heather Home. I thank the committee for their service.

    Al’s paper will be published in the Spring 2024 issue of Archivaria. The citation reads:

    Written in a concise, energetic, and persuasive tone, Al Cunningham Rogers’ paper Theoretical Approaches to the Appraisal of Graffiti Ephemera: A Toronto Case Study does an excellent job of establishing a conceptual model for understanding the function(s) of graffiti—an inherently ephemeral, evolving, and transitory record. Borrowing from scholarship on the affective impacts of archives in the creation of an archives of feelings, particularly feminist theory and Althusser’s subject interpolation theory of call and response, Rogers skilfully makes use of close reading for a number of examples of anonymous, marginal graffiti to provide a framework for the appraisal and selection of exemplars of graffiti for an archive of everyday life.

    Congratulations, Al, on your excellent work.

    Rebecka Taves Sheffield

    Managing Editor

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