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  • 21 Sep 2021 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I am pleased to announce that Melissa Castron has been awarded the Dodds Prize for 2021 for her article entitled “Colonialism, Computerized: The Canada Land Inventory and the Canada Geographic Information System at Library and Archives Canada.” Melissa Castron is a graduate from the University of Manitoba, and her article was submitted by Professor Greg Bak.

    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 2020–21 academic year were reviewed by an adjudication committee comprising Anna Gibson-Hollow, Amy Furness, and Braden Cannon. I thank the committee for their service. Melissa Castron's article will be published in the Spring 2022 issue of Archivaria and the award will be formally presented at the 2021 ACA Award Ceremony. The citation reads:

    In her well written and thoroughly researched article, Melissa Castron offers a skillful synthesis of the existing literature in cartographic studies, archival studies – particularly the areas of archival description and preservation – and Indigenous studies, and persuasively demonstrates the inadequacy of prevailing archival concepts and practices related to cartographic records and non-textual materials more generally. Melissa invites us to recognize that as cultural artefacts, maps act as complex recordkeeping technologies, and require that we adopt a transdisciplinary and processual approach in order to reveal their inherent subjectivity and power. By addressing the role played by both cartographic materials and archives in the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples’ lands, Melissa’s article is a thoughtful contribution to the process of reconciliation and decolonization in the Canadian context.

    Congratulations, Melissa, on your excellent work.

     Shyla Seller, Managing Editor, Archivaria

  • 20 Sep 2021 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Attached please find the archival community response to the Federal Government Consultation on a Modern Copyright Framework for Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, submitted by the Canadian Council of Archives and endorsed by the Association of Canadian Archivists and l’Association des archivistes du Québec.  A French translation of the submission will be posted when it becomes available.

    The submission was prepared by the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Statutory Review Working Group - established to examine and address issues related to the Canadian archival community in the current review of the Canadian Copyright Act. The Working Group is composed of:

    Nancy Marrelli, Chair

    Jean Dryden, appointed by the Association of Canadian Archivists

    Ana Rogers-Butterworth, appointed by l’Association des archivistes du Québec


    Nancy Marrelli

    Special Advisor-Copyright/Conseillère spéciale, Droit d’auteur Board of Directors/Comité de direction Canadian Council of Archives/Conseil Canadien des archives

    130 Albert Street, Suite 1912 Ottawa  ON  K1P 5G4

    Tel: (613) 565-5445  Fax: (613) 565-5445  Cell: (514) 804-8118

  • 17 Sep 2021 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bringing Our Children Home Series

    We invite you to join our live gathering, Bringing Our Children Home series, every Tuesday (4:00 PM PST) and Saturday (10:00 AM PST) to discuss the future of reconciliation.

    National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

    TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEEK is a 5-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.

    Schedule of Public Events

    Schedule for Educators

  • 22 Jun 2021 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good day ACA Members!

    Please consider accepting the invitation issued from the Department of Canadian Heritage for a virtual event & announcement on June 30th at 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific re: Canada’s post-pandemic recovery and Budget 2021 funding for museums and heritage organizations. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage will be in attendance.

    There will also be a live, moderated Q&A but questions are encouraged in advance. Please send questions by Friday, June 25, 2021, 5 p.m. EDT / 2pm PST to:

    Event/Announcement registration link:

    We need as many members in attendance and thoughtful questions submitted as possible in order to fulsomely represent Canada’s many archival communities. We need to rally to let Minister Guilbeault know WE require financial support to care for our nation’s documentary heritage just as much as our library and museum colleagues.

    Time to represent folks!

    Warmest regards,

    Erica Hernandez-Read


    Association of Canadian Archivists



    Join the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Isha Khan, CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, for An announcement from the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage:

    Canada’s post-pandemic recovery and Budget 2021 funding for museums and heritage organizations

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

    There will also be a moderated live Q&A session

    To register, please visit:

    [While there will be a live Q&A, you are encouraged to submit your questions for Minister Guilbeault in advance by Friday, June 25, 2021, 5 p.m. EDT to:]

    Simultaneous interpretation and live captioning will be available in both official languages throughout the meeting.

    If you are having technical difficulties, please contact:

    Sébastien Ranger, 819-271-9373,<>


    Simon Daoust, 819-431-2748,<>

    See you then!

  • 17 Jun 2021 7:51 PM | Deleted user

    As you know, on February 11, 2021 the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, launched A Consultation on How to Implement an Extended General Term of Copyright Protection in Canada.

    Please note that the submissions received through the consultation have been made available online in an accessible format at the following location:

    The government values and welcomes your participation in this process.


    Jennifer Miller

    Director General,

    Marketplace Framework Policy Branch

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

    Owen Ripley

    Director General,

    Broadcasting, Copyright and Creative Marketplace Branch

    Canadian Heritage

  • 1 Jun 2021 1:50 PM | Deleted user

    Dear colleagues,  

    You are cordially invited to a free upcoming virtual lecture (23rd June, 12:30 PM EST): "The Whole Scheme of the Book:" William Morris and the Kelmscott Press. 

    Join Myron Groover (McMaster’s Archives and Rare Books Librarian) for an exploration of the works of the Kelmscott Press. Established in 1891, the output of the Press is now recognized as a high point of aesthetic and philosophical attainment for the Arts and Crafts movement. McMaster is fortunate to hold a number of Kelmscott works in its collections, including a sumptuous pigskin-bound copy of its masterpiece, the Kelmscott Chaucer.  

    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. A full description of the event follows this message. Please feel free to share this invitation with other interested parties.  





    Gillian Dunks, M.A., M.A.S. (she/her/hers)

    Archives Arrangement & Description Librarian

    Archives and Research Collections

    McMaster University

    905-525-9140 x 23361

    McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement


    Established in 1891, the Kelmscott Press was the last great project of William Morris. Conceived as a deliberate return to the technologies and processes of an earlier era of printing, the Press brought together an astonishingly gifted community of artists and artisans in a self-conscious attempt to produce "the ideal book." Its output — 53 books in total, each in a limited print run — represents a high point of aesthetic and philosophical attainment for the Arts and Crafts movement. The work of the Press went on to have a profound influence on both printing and the decorative arts, and its founding is traditionally considered the starting point for the small and fine press movement. 

    McMaster is fortunate to hold several volumes from the Press — including a sumptuous copy of its masterpiece, the Kelmscott Chaucer. On June 23rd, in recognition of International Kelmscott Press Day, join Myron Groover (McMaster's Archives and Rare Books Librarian) for an exploration of the Kelmscott Press, its historical and aesthetic context, and McMaster's own collection of Kelmscott editions. 

  • 31 May 2021 4:09 PM | Deleted user


    This submission is made on behalf of the Canadian Council of Archives in response to the Government of Canada’s consultation paper on a Modern Copyright Framework for Online Intermediaries. The submission has been fully endorsed by l’Association des archivistes du Québec, and the Association of Canadian Archivists.

    Copyright is of great importance to the archival community. We are pleased to participate in this consultation and we look forward to a further opportunity to comment on and respond to all related legislative initiatives.


    Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Statutory Review Working Group

  • 20 May 2021 4:34 PM | Deleted user

    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 a student paper and verify that it was written within the context of an archival studies program between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Submissions must be received by June 30, 2021. Papers written in French or English are eligible.

    The submission form and procedures are available at:

    Papers must be between 5,000 and 8,000 words and written on an archival topic (broadly understood).

    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, see:

    Please contact me with any questions.

    Shyla Seller

    Managing Editor, Archivaria

  • 14 May 2021 2:56 PM | Deleted user

    Join the co-chairs of the Crisis, Disaster, and Tragedy Response Working Group of the Society of American Archivists, Kara McClurken and Vanessa St. Oegger-Menn, and Carol Summerfield, Executive Director of the Lake Forest Lake Bluff History Center, as they discuss the ethics, legalities, and complications of archival work in critical times.

    Chris Cummings, Founder and CEO of Pass It Down, will host this fireside chat about how archivists are handling the challenges of collecting in response to contemporary events. Themes discussed will include: crowdsourcing collections, working with communities, the ethics of donating/collecting sensitive material, and trauma-informed care for archival staff and researchers.

    Register here for free.

  • 13 May 2021 1:07 PM | Deleted user

    TUESDAY MAY 25, 2021 | 1-2PM EST | ZOOM



    In this talk we will explore the topic of Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous data protocols and what they mean for practitioners working with Indigenous data. We will also begin to discover real applications of tools that support Indigenous data sovereignty, and learn how we can begin to advocate for more ethical data practices.

    Kayla Lar-Son is Metis and Ukranian settler ancestry, originally from Treaty Six territory, Tofield, Alberta. She currently resides on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. At UBC Kayla is the Indigenous Programs and services librarian at the Xwi7xwa Library, and is the program manager librarian for the Indigitization program. Kayla is also a co-host of masinahikan iskwêwak the Book Women Podcast.

    Community Archivist
    Yukon Council Archives

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