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  • 18 Oct 2022 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    ACA 2023 – Call for Submissions

    Mount Stewart, Prince Edward Island; Photo by Robyn Biggar

    ACA 2023: Belonging - Considering archival bonds and disconnects

    City: Charlottetown

    Dates: June 28 to July 1, 2023 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott, Prince Edward Island

    A sense of belonging is a fundamental human need – as the story of Anne of Green Gables, PEI’s most famous (fictional) daughter, so vividly demonstrates. As peoples of many regions, ages, faiths, genders, abilities, sexualities, racialized or ethnic backgrounds, we want to see ourselves, our stories, and our experiences reflected in the historical memory of the many environments to which we feel we belong.  Archivists and archival practitioners now realize how many aspects of archival work contribute to peoples’ experiences of inclusion and exclusion in a community. Through our actions towards historical memory, people may or may not see their stories and experiences reflected, leaving them with feelings of belonging or disconnection, or at worst exclusion.

    The 2023 ACA Program Team invites proposals that reflect on the theme of “Belonging” from the perspectives of archival theory and practice, related disciplines and professions, and/or diverse lived experiences of archives, records, and memory work.  What does ‘belonging' or conversely, ‘not belonging’ mean to you within your archival context or experience?

    Topics could include (but are not limited to):

    • Where does this profession belong? What disconnects exist between archivists, records managers, and/or IT professionals, and how can these be overcome? How are archival associations, councils, members, and associated organizations and communities working together in new ways?
    • To whom do records belong? To the archives? To creators? To documented people/communities? To everyone? Who has stakes in the records and how are those understood/articulated/acted on?
    • Whose experiences belong in archival records and collections?
    • What groups of people or organizations are not well represented in archival collections? What impact do archival collections and/or exhibits connected with marginalized populations have on these groups’ sense of belonging in an institution, community, region, or nation?
    • How are existing and emerging technologies changing arrangement, description, access, and use in ways that encourage or discourage a sense of belonging for patrons or staff? What are some innovative practices or projects that can cultivate a sense of belonging?
    • What steps are being taken to develop a more diverse workforce? What kind of work has been effective in creating spaces of belonging? What barriers still must be overcome?
    • How are archival services being made more inclusive for staff and users? How can archival spaces, services, practices, etc., be transformed so that more people feel like they belong in physical and virtual spaces? How do we relate to individuals or groups who do not want to ‘belong’ to the spaces archivists construct?
    • How are new archivists transitioning into the profession? In what ways are archival workplaces and/or the archival community welcoming or otherwise? How does one figure out where they belong in the profession at any stage of their career?
    • How can the desire to belong lead to practices shared between individuals and communities?

    The 2023 Conference Program Team invites contributions, of either a practical and/or
    theoretical nature, in a variety of formats including:

    1. Traditional session: formal presentation of papers; approximately 20 minutes per speaker, with questions to follow as time allows.
    2. Panel discussion: abbreviated presentation of papers; approximately 10-15 minutes per speaker, with discussion to follow.
    3. Roundtable: brief 5-7-minute presentations with open discussion.
    4. Focused Debate on a specific topic: brief presentations with open discussion & debate to follow.
    5. Archival Book Club: Moderators select readings for discussion at the session; could also include creative elements like debate or voting for preferred works, as in the CBC’s “Canada Reads” broadcast.
    6. Sprint Session: Is there a challenge that could be solved by a group of people in a short-term, time-bound exercise? What could you accomplish with a set amount of time, a hive mind, and no distractions?
    7. Fishbowl session:
    8. Storytelling session
    9. Other: Please share your ideas – be creative!

    Use the “Call for Submissions” button on the ACA website at

    Submitting your session proposal in electronic form using this link is strongly encouraged.

    2023 ACA Belonging Call for Submissions_FINAL.pdf

    The deadline for these proposals is: Friday, January 6, 2023.


    For 2023, ACA will use the “Call for Submissions” button for any workshop proposals that will be associated with the Annual Conference. These submissions will go to the Professional Development Committee, which will make its decisions in Winter 2023.

    Note: Please be advised there will be a Call for Student Papers as well as a Call for Posters later this year, with submission deadlines early in 2023. Scholarships are available to students and are administered by the ACA Foundation

    Please feel free to direct questions to:

    Lara Wilson
    Chair, ACA 2023 Conference Program Committee

    Program Team Members
    Robyn Biggar
    Jonathan Bowie
    François Dansereau
    Sarah Glassford
    Sara Janes
    Karen Suurtamm
    Kelly Turner  

  • 19 Sep 2022 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are cordially invited to a free upcoming virtual lecture (6 October, 12 p.m. EST): Devils, Angels, Scoundrels, Fortunes, and Fables: British Eighteenth-Century Chapbooks at McMaster University Library.

    Join Gillian Dunks (McMaster's Archives Arrangement & Description Librarian) in appreciation and exploration of the chapbook, an oft-profane and beauteous genre of British print. From the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries, inexpensive chapbooks proliferated in Europe, particularly England. Popular amongst children, the working poor, and people who left few other records of their lives behind, chapbooks featured a wide range of subjects: tales of scoundrels, tips on fortune telling, and shortened versions of medieval romances. McMaster is fortunate to hold many English chapbooks from the eighteenth century, when the format reached its height.

    This lecture is part of our ongoing Archives Alive series. This series of public-facing talks about our collections is jointly hosted by the William Ready Division of Archives & Research Collections and McMaster University Alumni.

    Register using this link<>.  Please feel free to share this invitation with other interested parties.

  • 15 Jul 2022 1:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From: Albe Gilmore, MISt (ael | they/them)

    Chèr-e-s collègues, dear colleagues,

    We would like to invite neurodivergent gallery, library, archives, and museum workers to the Neuro-GLAM-orous Canada Discord server<>. The server is a place for neurodivergent GLAM workers in Canada (and our non-Canadian friends!) to share their interests, experiences, and support.

    Some tentative projects in the works are a Neuro-GLAM-orous Canada annual virtual meeting and a subgroup dedicated to making sure that neurodivergent GLAM workers' labour and accessibility needs are met and our human rights are respected.

    Bien que pour l'instant la plupart des message soient en anglais, les francophones sont présents et nous espérons que vous vous joindrez à nous pour enrichir la conversation.

    Link to the Discord server:

    Albe Gilmore, MISt (ael | they/them)

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    Bibliothécaire de l'Érudition Numérique | Digital Scholarship Librarian Bibliothèque de l'Université d'Ottawa | University of Ottawa Library<>

  • 13 Jul 2022 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear ARCAN-L community members,

    We have exciting news!  The National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) is very pleased to announce the launch of the Database of Archives’ Values (DAV) to archival institutions.  Subscriptions for Canadian archival institutions are available for the yearly fee of $300 (+GST), and $400 CAD for international archival institutions.

    DAV is an online research tool created by the National Archival Appraisal Board (NAAB) in partnership with the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA). Development was funded in part by the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists (CPTA). The purpose of DAV is to provide access to sales (market) information and purchases of archival materials by archives across Canada. Reputable dealer listings (values) may also be included, as well as relevant international market information.

    Currently, DAV contains over 1250 records of archival values. We would like to sincerely thank our participating archives, who contributed 422 of those sales precedents from their own archival purchase records. At this time, 75% of the entries on DAV document archival values at the item level, while the remaining 25% of DAV records describe purchases of archival files, collections and fonds.

    To subscribe to DAV, please fill out the subscription form at the following link: Within two business days of receiving your completed form, we will send you your unique login and password. Please contact if you have questions or issues.

    ** Please note that only approved archival institutions will have access to DAV, and use will be closely monitored and audited by the Canadian Council of Archives. ** We invite subscribers to increase the usefulness of DAV for the Canadian Archival System by contributing any sales precedents known to you or your institution. By adding more values to this knowledge-sharing tool, you will be helping your archival colleagues during work on NAAB panels, for in-house appraisals at their own institution, or to assist your fellow archival institutions in their acquisition activities.

    In order to access and contribute to DAV, all subscribers are required to adhere to the access and information policies of DAV and attest that any information that they contribute to the database must be true to the best of their knowledge and no conflict of interest exists. Any false, misleading or unsubstantiated entries whether intentionally or unintentionally designed to affect or manipulate market conditions will disqualify the contributor and result in their access privileges being forfeited, temporarily or permanently, as determined by the NAAB Board of Directors.

    We hope you will find this tool helpful and we are looking forward to hearing your feedback!


    Christina Nichols



    Chers membres de la communauté ARCAN-L,

    Nous avons de bonnes nouvelles !  Le Conseil national d'évaluation des archives (CNÉA) est très heureux d'annoncer le lancement de la Base de données de valeurs d’archives (BVA) aux institutions d'archives.  Les abonnements pour les institutions d'archives canadiennes sont disponibles au coût annuel de 300 $ (+TPS), et de 400 $ CAD pour les institutions d'archives internationales.

    La BVA est un outil de recherche en ligne mis au point par le Conseil national d’évaluation des archives (CNÉA) en collaboration avec le Conseil canadien des archives (CCA). Son développement a été financé en partie par le Conseil des archivistes provinciaux et territoriaux (CAPT). Cette base de données contient des détails sur les ventes (valeur marchande) et les achats de documents d’archives par des centres d’archives canadiens. Des inscriptions (valeurs) de commerçants de renom peuvent également y figurer ainsi que de l’information pertinente de marchés internationaux.

    Actuellement, la BVA contient plus de 1250 entrées de valeurs d'archives. Nous tenons à remercier sincèrement les archives participantes qui ont fourni 422 de ces précédents de vente provenant de leurs propres dossiers d'acquisitions d'archives. À l'heure actuelle, 75 % des entrées dans la BVA documentent des valeurs archivistiques au niveau de la pièce, tandis que les 25 % restants décrivent des achats de dossiers, de collections et de fonds d'archives.

    Pour vous inscrire à la BVA, veuillez remplir le formulaire suivant Dans les deux jours ouvrables suivant la réception de votre formulaire rempli, nous vous enverrons votre identifiant et votre mot de passe uniques. Veuillez contacter si vous avez des questions ou des problèmes.

    ** Veuillez noter que seules les institutions d'archives approuvées auront accès à la BVA, et que l'utilisation sera étroitement surveillée et vérifiée par le Conseil canadien des archives. ** Nous invitons les abonnés à contribuer tout précédent de vente connu par vous ou votre institution afin d’enrichir l'utilité de la BVA pour le système archivistique canadien. En ajoutant plus de valeurs à cet outil de partage des connaissances, vous aiderez vos collègues archivistes lors de leur travail au sein des panels du CNÉA, lors des évaluations internes de leur propre institution, ou pour soutenir vos collègues dans leurs activités d'acquisition d’archives.

    Afin d’accéder et de contribuer à la BVA, les abonnés doivent s’engager à respecter les politiques en matière d’accès et d’information de BVA, et confirmer que l’information saisie dans la base de données est, à leur connaissance, exacte et qu’il n’existe pas de conflit d’intérêts. Tous les renseignements faux, trompeurs ou non corroborés, fournis intentionnellement ou non dans le but d’affecter ou de manipuler les conditions du marché́, feront en sorte que le contributeur en question soit disqualifié et que ses privilèges d’accès soient révoqués, temporairement ou en permanence, tel que le déterminera le conseil d’administration du CNÉA.

    Nous espérons que vous trouverez cet outil utile et nous sommes impatients d'entendre vos commentaires !


    Christina Nichols

    NAAB Secretariat / Secrétariat du CNÉA

    130 Albert, Suite 1912

    Ottawa, ON  K1P 5G4

    Tel. : 613-565-1222 x. 108

    Toll-free/Sans frais:  1-866-254-1403

  • 11 Jul 2022 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canada’s Reconciliation Framework: Reflections and Advocacy Across Borders

    July 13, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC

    Hosted by the Native American Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists & Archival Education and Research Institute


    In late February 2022, the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Taskforce (TRC-TF) of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) released its Reconciliation Framework. This report was the result of over five years of SSHRC-funded research, relationship building, and collaboration across Canada between representatives of the Canadian archival community and Indigenous heritage professionals and practitioners. The Framework provides direction, through recommendations for action, to be taken by Canadian archivists who are ready to embark upon their own personal and professional journey towards reconciliation through respectful relationship building with Indigenous communities represented in their repositories. The Framework also serves to reinforce and support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities’ intellectual sovereignty over records by, or about them, and encourages the reconceptualization of mainstream archival theory, practice and education. This webinar will feature five members of the Taskforce, who will describe the process of developing the Reconciliation Framework, an introduction to the Framework itself and the next steps in their work. In our discussion and Q&A, members of the SAA hope to generate a discussion about how American archival and community colleagues might work together with Canadian colleagues on advancing Indigenous archival policies across these professional and national borders.

    Presenter bios

    Erica Hernández-Read is Head of the Northern BC Archives & Special Collections at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she lives, works, and learns on the traditional, unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation (Prince George, BC). She earned her BA in anthropology and her MAS in archival studies from UBC and has spent the last 20 years working in the field of archives and collections management. Erica is Co-Chair of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives, a member of the Indigitization Program Steering Committee, and current President of the Association of Canadian Archivists (2021–24).

    Raegan Swanson serves as the Executive Director of The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives. She holds a BA from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Master of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool. She has worked as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and as the Archival Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick. She is currently working on her PhD, focusing on the role of community archives in Inuit communities in Québec.

    Krista McCracken is a public historian and archivist. They work as a researcher/curator at Algoma University’s Arthur A. Wishart Library and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, in Baawating (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario), on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Métis people. Krista’s research interests include community archives, residential schools, access, and outreach.

    Jennifer Jansen has been working since 2010 with the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN), where her many roles include Information Management Coordinator, FOI Officer, and Clerk for the TFN Judicial Council. Jennifer also manages TFN’s Registry of Laws and acts as the back-up Indian Registry Administrator. Prior to these roles, Jennifer worked as an assistant archivist for the District of West Vancouver, a records analyst for the City of Vancouver, and a claims researcher for Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada in the Federal Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Jennifer graduated from UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies in 2003 with a Master of Archival Studies, First Nations Curriculum Concentration.

    Donald Johnson (Lytton Nation) is the Information Management Analyst and Special Media Archivist, Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan. Donald’s archival practice bridges communities of practice and transforms operational cultures. Through guidance, collaboration, and education, Donald strives to build confidence and capacity in those he serves. Donald is a member of the Lytton First Nation, located at the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers in British Columbia. Donald has degrees in archival studies (MAS), fine arts (BFA), linguistics (BA), and computer science (BSC). Donald is Co-Chair of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives.


    To confirm the date/time of this session in your timezone please use the following link:

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  • 26 Apr 2022 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you, or someone you know, a Crafter, a Maker, or an Artist?

    Would you like to help the archival community in Canada raise funds to help restore Ukraine's damaged archives once the war has ended?

    If so - the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) needs your inspired creations and/or your creative connections!

    We are looking for donations of creative works towards our silent online auction which will take place during International Archives Week: June 6-10, 2022.

    You don't need to be an ACA member to contribute, or to bid - all are welcome and encouraged to get involved! So don't be shy, step forward and lend a hand!

    If you have something you can contribute please contact Erica Hernandez-Read at or Jo McCutcheon at

  • 19 Apr 2022 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In collaboration with its Canadian Advisory Committee for Memory of the World <>, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is pleased to launch the fifth Call for Nominations for inscriptions on the Canada Memory of the World Register <>.

    This Register recognizes significant documentary heritage related to Canada and its peoples and is one of the vehicles of the UNESCO Memory of the World Program which aims at preserving and providing access to documentary heritage as the embodiment of the memory of humanity.

    In recognition of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024 and the upcoming Decade of Indigenous Languages CCUNESCO extends a special call for documentary heritage related to Black Canadians with the goal of increasing awareness of this community’s diverse cultures, history, and contributions to Canadian society. Documentary heritage submissions include photography, art, audiovisual, artifacts and even unique objects.

    CCUNESCO continues to extend a special call for proposals for documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures. Many are considered to be endangered, and their preservation, strengthening and revitalization are of crucial importance to Indigenous peoples and to Canadian society.

    We invite all individuals, private or public institutions, organizations and communities to consult CCUNESCO’s website for more information on this process <>

    *.* The deadline for declarations of interest is *June 6, 2022*

  • 22 Mar 2022 11:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Recently the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) announced that the Reconciliation Framework: The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce is complete and available. Several years in the making, this framework provides archives and archivists with a blueprint to guide reconciliation with the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis governments, communities and community members represented in their archival collections.

    The ACA Board of Directors held a special meeting on March 10 to discuss the framework. In a unanimous decision, the Board agreed to formally endorse this framework.

    We recognize that this is a challenging document. As archivists we are being asked to review and question fundamental archival concepts and change ways of doing things. That said, we know that systemic change is necessary in order for true reconciliation to happen. Meaningful change will take time and this framework acknowledges that fact.

    On behalf of the ACA Board of Directors, I would like to thank all members of the taskforce for the many years of hard work that went into preparing this framework. I encourage all members to read this profound document, which is available on the SCCA website<>.


    Anna Gibson Hollow, Vice-President ACA Board

  • 14 Jan 2022 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Big Data at the Margins  A series hosted by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western

    Featuring: Jonathan Dewar, Sofia Locklear, and Jason Lewis
    Hosted by: Joanna Redden

    27 January 2022, 7:00PM

    Free Registration:

    How do Indigenous peoples claim sovereignty over their data and information, and work to transform the very means, methods and values through which “data” is defined and disseminated? How can the exercise of Indigenous data sovereignty and broader computational empowerment enhance and inspire Indigenous identities, representations and futures? How can “data” be Indigenized? Why should settler scholars, organizations, and individuals learn about, support, and respect Indigenous data sovereignty?

    The fifth and final event in our Big Data at the Margins series examines the growing movement of Indigenous scholars and activists working to challenge the ethical, legal, and cultural impacts of the colonial imposed and externally mandated forms of data collection about Indigenous peoples and to center the generation of autonomous Indigenous data values and computational visions. Indigenous peoples know all too well the potential harms to well-being, politics and culture that can come from the imposition of settler-colonial data-informed policies. But even while nation-states around the world, including Canada, “commit” to enact the provisions in The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), implementation of these provisions continues to rely on data collection by statistical agencies of nation states, NGOs and commercial interests. Uninformed by Indigenous priorities and values, these ‘scientific’ data practices inevitably reinforce the treatment of Indigenous groups as “populations” not as sovereign “peoples” with legitimate claims to their lands, cultures, and resources, including information. In addition to demanding custody and control over externally generated Indigenous data, advocates for Indigenous data sovereignty call for the re-design, collection, dissemination and use of “data” itself, and for the empowerment of Indigenous peoples to define and imagine their own narratives and futures. Autonomous data practices and broader computational skills are vital to Indigenous political and cultural autonomy.

    Our internationally recognized group of panelists will guide us through a discussion of the centrality of Indigenous data sovereignty and computational empowerment to Indigenous health, identity, politics and futures. Jonathan Dewar (Métis), the Executive Director of the First Nations Information Governance Centre, is a recognized leader in healing and reconciliation and Indigenous health and well-being education, policy, and research. Sofia Locklear (Lumbee), assistant professor at Western University, has worked with the Urban Indian Health Institute, a Tribal Epidemiology Center serving urban Native communities across the US and specializes in Indigenous evaluation methodologies. Jason Lewis (Hawaiian, Samoan) is the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary at Concordia University and co-directs the Indigenous Futures Research Centre and the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace Research Network.

  • 20 Oct 2021 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This funding will help heritage organizations that have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors.

    Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, galleries and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $100,000 in reopening support.

    For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations:


    Applications are accepted through the new Canadian Heritage Funding Portal: (CHFP). In order to apply through the portal, you will need to complete a three-step online application process.

    1 – Create a User Profile

    The individual that sets up the Applicant Profile and registers the organization should be the Authorized Representative, someone with signing authority for your organization. The Authorized Representative will be considered the signatory on the application form.

    2 – Register your Organization

    To register your Organization, you will need the following documents:

    • Proof of your organization’s legal status (letters patent/incorporation documents, partnership agreements, constitution, bylaws or other recognized documentation); if your organization is an unincorporated association without any by-laws or a constitution, you can attach a copy of meeting minutes or a list of your controlling members.
    • Direct Deposit Enrollment Form, stamped by a financial institution or accompanied by one supporting document (a void cheque, banking letter, or management letter). Direct Deposit Enrollment Forms can be downloaded from the portal.

    3 – Submit an Online Application Form

    To complete your MAP Reopening Funding Application, you will need the following documents:

                •Proof of signing authority (bylaws, constitution, Board resolution or other document)

                •Financial Statements from 2019 or last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year (audited if available)

    Apply as soon as possible as funds are limited.

    Our team is available to assist you with the new process from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

    Telephone: 1-866-811-0055

    TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123



    Mike Steinhauer:

    (il | he/him)

    Manager, Heritage Programs

    Heritage Group

    Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada 

    Cell: 873-354-5715


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