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  • 15 Oct 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ACA Communications Committee is pleased to announce the latest blog has been published and is available online here:, written by Claire Williams and Jasmine Charette. Their post discusses the contribution of social media in academic and professional conferences, and on the particular activities of the different social media platforms during the ACA 2020 conference.

    François Dansereau

    ACA In the Field Editor

    Archiviste principal / Senior Archivist

    Archives des jésuites au Canada / The Archive of the Jesuits in Canada 25, rue Jarry ouest Montréal (Québec) Canada H2P 1S6<>

    Je reconnais que cet endroit où je vis et je travaille est situé en territoire autochtone, lequel n'a jamais été cédé. Je reconnais la nation Kanien'kehá: ka comme gardienne de ces terres et de ces eaux. Tiohtiá: ke / Montréal est historiquement connu comme un lieu de rassemblement pour de nombreuses Premières Nations, et aujourd'hui, une population autochtone diversifiée, ainsi que d'autres peuples, y résident. Je suis reconnaissant de pouvoir travailler dans cette communauté, sur ce territoire.

    I acknowledge with respect that the place where I live and work is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien'kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of these lands and waters. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. I am grateful to work in this community, on this territory.

  • 6 Oct 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the ACA annual conference, the Equity Task Force continued their work planned for 2020-2021. The Task Force submitted their work early and the ACA Board of Directors held a special meeting in September and approved these Equity Commitments.

    The ACA will continue to report on the status of these Commitments and regularly review and reassess equity work as a critical component of current and future strategic planning.

    We thank members of the ACA’s Equity Task Force for their contributions and expertise in helping the association incorporate equity into its current and future work

    ACA Board of Directors

  • 21 Sep 2020 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A dynamic and responsive professional association changes everything.

    Join our community of volunteers to help the ACA deliver on its commitments to build a professional community through creative, comprehensive, and engaging programs and services.

    The ACA is looking for a Virtual Host who will build a team of 4-6 volunteers to support the delivery of the 2021 annual conference. This is a key position that requires a volunteer who is comfortable with videoconferencing and other digital platforms. The 2020 team created capacity and best practices; the new chair will work closely with ACA staff and board to build on this good work to deliver a successful conference experience for our 2021 participants.

    We are also looking for volunteers to serve on the following ACA standing committees:

    Communications is looking for volunteers to assist with the ACA’s social media, blog, website, and newsletter. This is a great opportunity for new and seasoned professionals with strong written communications skills to work with the ACA on a variety of services and initiatives.

    Education is looking for volunteers with a keen interest in continuing education for the archives and recordkeeping profession. The committee is in the process of developing a professional development strategy that will include the roll out of online programming to serve professionals at all stages of their careers. This is a great opportunity for mid-career professionals who have a good understanding of the changing profession and/or an interest in online course development and delivery.

    Governance is embarking on a major project to review and refresh all ACA policies to align with the new association bylaw (passed in 2020). This is a good opportunity for volunteers with non-profit management experience and/or an interest in equity, governance, and ethics.

    Membership is looking for volunteers to help with three main projects: (1) a review and refresh of member benefits; (2) the planned expansion of the mentorship program; and (3) strengthening the student chapter program. This is a perfect committee for those who are interested in working with new members and/or student members.

    The ACA believes that a professional and intellectual community is enriched and enhanced by diversity along a number of dimensions, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class and religion. We are especially committed to increasing committee participation by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) professionals. We encourage applications from ACA members at any stage of their careers and from all backgrounds.

    ACA volunteers must be members in good standing and typically commit to a 2-year term. All volunteers agree to abide by the ACA Volunteer Code of Conduct. Volunteers are supported from start to finish by the ACA Board of Directors and Staff.

    To apply for any of these positions, please submit your expression of interest by filling out our online form here:

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask either myself or Jo McCutcheon by email to executive.director at

    Rebecka Sheffield

    Vice-President, ACA 2018-2021

  • 15 Sep 2020 8:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ACA 2021 Call for Submissions

    Virtual Conference - June 8-11, 2021

    Banner with conference title "Home improvement: Building archives through change", accompanied by emojis of a house and a hammer

    Home improvement: Building archives through change

    The keepers of memory have many homes. Whether your role is as an archivist, community organizer, records manager, researcher, storykeeper, or data curator, we live in many layered places at once. There are the institutional homes where we work as stewards and preservers, where we teach and learn, and where we provide services and consult and collaborate with our communities. We have professional homes embodied by associations, academic programs, collaborative networks, and informal meetups. And this year, much of our work is taking place in our physical homes at kitchen tables, in home offices, and backyards. 

    Homes require maintenance if they are to last and continue to meet the needs of those who live in them. They need more than a welcome mat if they are to be truly open to new members. And the idea of home itself needs flexibility when home is not a safe or stable place for everyone. Since this year’s ACA conference will take place virtually from wherever your home may be in June 2021, we ask you to reflect on the improvements we must make to our many homes.

    Please review our Call for Submissions infographic for more details.

    Deadline: November 16, 2020

    Full call, submission details and form: 

    Questions or concerns? Contact 

  • 27 Aug 2020 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ACA thinks this message from the Canadian Council of Archives and the National Archival Appraisal Board may be of interest to our members.  The ACA will be submitting feedback to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board on the updated monetary appraisal guidelines.

    Deadline for input: September 18, 2020


    Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) has issued new guidelines (dated July 31, 2020) that provide instructions for appraisers and applicants about the information required and recommended format for a monetary appraisal prepared in support of an application for certification submitted to CCPERB.

    The National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) and the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) are seeking the input of monetary appraisers and archival institutions across Canada, regarding this updated guide.

    Within an economic climate of budget restrictions and cutbacks, the purchase of valuable Canadian archival materials is prohibitive to most archives and limited to a small number of large Canadian archival institutions.  As a result, we want to encourage the ongoing deposit of cultural property in Canada's archives, and ensure that Canadians continue to be eligible for tax incentives for the donation of archival materials.

    We feel that this revised guide is an excellent opportunity for the archival community to identify and consolidate areas of serious concern regarding the archival monetary appraisal framework in Canada.

    You may complete the survey in either English or French and it will take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete, depending upon the extent of input you are able to provide. A PDF of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board Guide for Monetary Appraisal is attached to this message. The survey will also display each section of the guide (in purple) and ask if you agree or disagree with the content (in black), and if you have any feedback to provide. Please be as specific as possible.

    We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    To review the document, see here.


    Karen L. Teeple

    Chair, NAAB Board of Directors



    Joanna Aiton Kerr

    Chair, CCA Board of Directors


  • 3 Jul 2020 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Results are In!

    On behalf of the Governance Committee of the Association of Canadian Archivists, I am pleased to announce the results of our 2020 online vote.

    Voter Turn-Out

    33.2% of voting members participated in this historic vote, roughly three times the number of members who typically participate at our in-person AGM.

    Bylaw #1 Passed

    Individual Members voted overwhelming in favour of adopting new bylaw (99.2%) and endorsing a change to the ACA’s membership category. Institutional Members also voted unanimously to endorse the change to membership category. The new Bylaw #1 will now be the governing document for the association. For more information about this bylaw, please visit the ACA’s website:

    New Directors Elected

    Members voted overwhelmingly to accept the slate of candidates as presented. The ACA is thrilled to announce our incoming board of directors:

    Incoming President: Erica Hernández-Read

    Erica Hernández-Read has been an archivist with the Northern BC Archives and Special Collections at the University of Northern British Columbia since 2006. She earned both her B.A. in Anthropology and her Master’s degree in Archival Studies from UBC and has spent the last 20 years working in the fields of archives and artifact collections management and advocating for a participatory and community-archiving approach to knowledge building. Ms. Hernández-Read is co-Chair of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives, and a member of the Indigitization Program Steering Committee.

    Incoming Treasurer: Andrea McCutcheon

    Andrea McCutcheon works as an Archivist at the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services where she oversees the institution's records management program, acquires the school’s archival administrative records, and facilitates research access to the University of Toronto Archives. She has over ten years of experience working with corporate records in public and private institutions, and hold a Master of Information from the University of Toronto Faculty of Information (2011).

    Incoming Director at Large: Andrew Chernevych

    Andrew Chernevych is an Archivist at the Galt Museum & Archives in Lethbridge, Alberta. Prior to the Galt, he had worked as a contract archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta and was employed by the City of Wetaskiwin Archives. His holds an MA in History from the Central European University (CEU) and an MA in Folklore from the University of Alberta. Andrew has served on the Governance Committee since 2019. Over the last fifteen years, Andrew Chernevych has been involved with the Archives Society of Alberta (ASA), serving on various committees and currently finishing his term as ASA President.

    Incoming Director at Large: Gillian Dunks

    Gillian Dunks is Archives Arrangement and Description Librarian at McMaster University Library’s William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, where she has worked since 2018. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Archival Studies, both from the University of British Columbia. She currently serves on the ACA’s Education Committee and was previously on the executive team of the ACA student chapter at UBC. She looks forward to contributing to the governance of the Association.

    Please note that start dates have been staggered to better plan for the transition to the ACA’s new bylaw, which amends term periods from calendar year to AGM dates. Starting with the 2021 elections, incoming directors will now begin their terms immediately following the AGM and serve for two years ending at their second AGM.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the vote. Thanks also to Michael Gourlie and Deirdre Bryden, who served as the 2020 Nominations Committee.


    Rebecka Sheffield

    Chair, Governance Committee

    Vice-President, 2018-2021

  • 29 Jun 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous member

    It’s time for another email full of links to news articles, blog posts, videos, and podcasts to pertaining to Indigenous people, cultures, and issues. 

    For the year ahead, we’ll be connecting these emails with the Moose Cree lunar-based calendar; the month of June aligns with Saakipakaawi-piisim (Budding Moon), a time of year when the flowers are budding or blooming.

    These links have been collected and are graciously provided by Alison Little, Senior Coordinator of Educational Programming and Exhibitions at the Archives of Ontario. 

    The list is provided for reference only and the ACA does not guarantee the accuracy or comprehensiveness of each resource, nor endorse a particular perspective. Our aim is only to provide opportunities for our members to learn more about Indigenous peoples and colonial issues.  

    Archiving and Language Documentation panel discussion (upcoming on July 11)

    Victoria museum releases more than 16,000 historical images of Indigenous life (June 17)

    Review of monuments sparks discussion of colonial narratives in N.L. history (June 16)

    #BLACKLIVESMATTER and Archives in Australia (June 17)

    Fishing with Elders builds these children’s Oji-Cree language, cultural knowledge and writing (June 15)

    We Can Decide Where to Stand: Advocating for Aboriginal Priorities as Archivists and Information Workers(June 15)

    Former Fort Smith Métis president says day school settlement forms 'misleading' (June 15)

    Provincial police watchdog to start collecting race-based data (June 11)

    Former employees of Canadian Museum for Human Rights say they faced racism, mistreatment (June 10)

    Museum makes historic Indian Reserve Commission document accessible to public (June 10)

    Indigenous Recordkeeping and Archives (June 8)

    Black Lives Matter translation prompts calls for changes to Ojibway language (June 5)

    Red Sky Performance offers wisdom, insight, and humour to inaugural session of the Wisdom Keeper Series (June 4)

    Treaty session explores realities of the histories of Canada and Nation-to-Nation (June 3)

    To Breathe Together: Co-Conspirators For Decolonial Futures (June 2)

    Knowledge positions in Aotearoa and Turtle Island art museums (June 1)

    Covid-19, the Numbered Treaties & the Politics of Life (June)

    Ottawa’s move to block statistical reports on residential schools ‘modern day colonialism,’ says survivor.” (May 27)

    Challenging Colonial Spaces: Reconciliation and Decolonizing Work in Canadian Archives (May 24)

    The Records of Native American Boarding Schools from Archival Outlook (May/June 2020)

  • 18 Jun 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    This message is a reminder to archival educators to submit student papers to the Dodds Prize before the end of the month.

    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.

    To be considered, a faculty member or instructor associated with the program must submit the student paper to verify that it was written within the context of an archival studies program between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. Submissions must be received by June 30, 2020.

    The submission form and procedures are available on the Archivaria website.

    Submissions will be judged by the Dodds Prize Adjudication Committee on the quality of their scholarship, creativity and clarity of writing. The Adjudication Committee comprises the General Editor of Archivaria (or delegate), the ACA Board Liaison to Archivaria (or delegate) and two additional ACA members chosen annually by the General Editor. Delegates will be used in cases where a conflict of interest exists.

    Winners will receive a certificate, a cash prize, publication of the winning entry in Archivaria and a listing on the ACA website.

    For more information or if you have any questions, please contact me.

    All the best,

    Shyla Seller

    Managing Editor, Archivaria

  • 17 Jun 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This year's Annual General Meeting will take place online at 12:00 EDT, Tuesday, June 23. We will use Zoom as the platform to support this year's presentation of reports, updates and motions.

    The ACA Governance Committee has been focused on review and renewal of the ACA’s bylaw. The new bylaw will accomplish several tasks:

    • Clarify and codify existing practices

    • Remove outdated language and policy provisions

    • Better align with model bylaw recommended by the Canadian Not-For-Profit Act

    • Allow for full participation of members through virtual meetings and online voting

    • Provide greater benefits to institutional members

    All active members will receive Zoom details. For more information on downloading Zoom, see here.

    To register for the AGM, please click here. A reminder that your ACA membership should be active.

    These reports and the guidelines will be discussed at the AGM via Zoom at 12:00 pm EDT.

    Online voting will open for motions arising from this meeting and for Board positions following the meeting, June 23, 2020 and remain open until end of day June 30, 2020.  Voting members should check that their email address is up to date and watch for an email from Simply Voting. You may need to adjust your spam filters to permit this message.

    This year, Institutional members will also have a special resolution to consider their membership class and will also receive a notice to vote based on their identified contact in the ACA membership profile.

    Please do not hesitate to contact the ACA office with any questions you may have.  To review the Bulletin which contains the proposed By-Law #1 and all annual reports, see here.  The agenda is also available for review.

    The ACA Board of Directors

    Loryl MacDonald, President

    Rebecka Sheffield, Vice President

    Jonathan Dorey, Treasurer

    Jane Morrison, Secretary

    Luciana Durant, Director-at-Large

    Jeremy Heil, Director-at-Large

    ACA Secretariat

  • 29 May 2020 12:16 PM | Anonymous member

    It’s time for another email full of links to news articles, blog posts, videos, and podcasts to pertaining to Indigenous people, cultures, and issues. 

    For the year ahead, we’ll be connecting these emails with the Moose Cree lunar-based calendar; the month of May aligns with Aniiki-piisim (Frog Moon), signalling the time of year when the frogs come out.

    These links have been collected and are graciously provided by Alison Little, Senior Coordinator of Educational Programming and Exhibitions at the Archives of Ontario. 

    The list is provided for reference only and the ACA does not guarantee the accuracy or comprehensiveness of each resource, nor endorse a particular perspective. Our aim is only to provide opportunities for our members to learn more about Indigenous peoples and colonial issues. 

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