The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) fully supports the Calls for Justice issued by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released June 3, 2019.
These 231 legal imperatives call upon all governments (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous), institutions, and individuals to acknowledge and maintain a permanent commitment to upholding all human and Indigenous rights instruments to end and redress the identified cycle of genocide and to ensure the rights of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people to culture, health, safety, and justice.
The ACA is committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous heritage organizations to lobby all governments for the resources and permanent funding required to protect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples to their cultures and languages as protected by Section 35 of the Constitution of Canada.
Furthermore, recognizing the power of archival records, and the responsibility of archivists to ensure no-barrier access for victims to records about themselves as created by state, military, intelligence, and police services, the ACA calls upon all archivists to identify and work to dismantle existing colonial-based archival structures and processes in order to both heed these Calls to Justice and to incorporate the Calls to Action as identified in the Summary of the Final Report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
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