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  • 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

  • 6 May 2021 3:52 PM | Deleted user

    Have you ever wondered how record-keeping began?

    A new book by Geoffrey Yeo, Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies, investigates the beginnings of human recording practices and provides a survey of early record-making and record-keeping in societies across the world. It investigates the ways in which human activities were recorded in different settings using different methods and technologies.

    Many archivists are familiar with Ernst Posner’s Archives in the Ancient World, published in 1972; but this book is substantially different. Posner began his story with the invention of writing about 5000 years ago, but the first records were made long before writing came into use, and Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies explores non-written as well as written records. Posner’s study was limited to Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, but Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies also investigates record-making and record-keeping in many other parts of the world, particularly China and the pre-Hispanic Americas. Research into early recording practices has advanced considerably in recent decades, and the book draws on recent scholarship in archaeology and anthropology, as well as recent thinking in archival science.

    Based on analysis of literature from a wide range of disciplines, Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies offers a distinctive perspective on early archives. It aims, not merely to describe the variety of recording methods and practices used in different societies at different times, but also to engage with a range of questions about the contexts in which those practices arose and the ways in which we might understand and interpret them.

    Geoffrey Yeo is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at University College London in the UK, a member of the editorial board of Archivaria, and a former Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia.

    The book is available in hard covers and also as an e-book. For more details, see

  • 29 Apr 2021 1:09 PM | Deleted user

    Gratefully acknowledging that we live, work and learn on the unceded traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh.

    The town halls are being conducted by the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)  ̶  a national not-for-profit organization funded by the federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. As background, NDIRO was created in 2020 to harmonize and improve access to digital tools and services for Canadian researchers. They will coordinate and fund activities in advanced research computing (ARC), research data management (RDM) and research software (RS) components of the data research infrastructure (DRI) strategy.

    Developments under consideration by NDRIO could have a negative or positive impact on First Nations data sovereignty. First Nations participation in the town halls will help alert NDRIO to the implications of new digital tools and services to the First Nations Principles of OCAP®. The participants will have an opportunity to share their insights and concerns with NDRIO as they consider what activities to prioritize and how to structure its operations.  

    The town halls will be held between May 4-7, 2021 and will be in English and French in separate meetings. Further information and registration links are available at this website: is only open until April 30, 2021.

    For your information, FNIGC is participating in its technical capacity on the NDRIO Data Management Working Group, which is analyzing the state of digital research infrastructure, gathering ideas and suggestions for possible improvements, and helping to inform the development of NDRIO’s strategic plans. The FNIGC submitted a paper to NDRIO about issues that may concern First Nations respecting the need for collaboration and co-development with First Nations on the digital research infrastructure. That document is available at

    Topics to be discussed at the town halls include:

    May 4 - Awareness and Accessibility:

    • Awareness of existing digital research infrastructure and services available to all researchers in Canada
    • How to improve access to funding (e.g., more equitable funding allocation)
    • Bilingualism/​Internationalization
    • Accessibility to digital research infrastructure to all researchers, regardless of disability type or severity of impairment

    May 5 - Governance and Policy:

    • Collaboration and trusted relationships with Indigenous Peoples, including Indigenous data sovereignty
    • Jurisdictional, legislative, and regulatory barriers to sharing Personally Identifiable Information and health data
    • Collaboration with industry and private sector
    • Open science mandates
    • Data privacy

    May 6 - Operations:

    • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion across researchers, research disciplines, institution, and geography
    • Collaboration with the Tri-Agency and Service Providers (national and regional)
    • Community engagement
    • International engagement
    • Centralization vs. distribution of infrastructure, including Commercial Cloud and High-Performance Computing Operations
    • Identity management and cybersecurity
    • Key performance indicators

    May 7 - Support:

    • Education, training and retention of Highly Qualified Personnel
    • Stratified support: from national services to institutional support


    Please contact NDRIO-​NOIRN@​EngageDRI.​ca if you have any questions.


    Jonathan Dewar, PhD

    Chief Executive Officer | Chef de la direction

    First Nations Information Governance Centre Centre de gouvernance de l’information des Premières Nations

    T: 613-733-1916, x 1010 or toll-free at 866-997-6248

    Head office: 341 Island Road, Unit D, Akwesasne, ON  K6H 5R7

    Ottawa office: 180 Elgin Street, Suite 1200, Ottawa, ON  K2P 2K6

  • 14 Apr 2021 11:14 AM | Deleted user

    Dear Colleagues: 

    I hope this message finds you well. 

    Most of you are probably already aware of recent changes that have been made by CCPERB to its Guide for Monetary Appraisals.

    Attached is CCA’s brief (April 2021) and our letter sent on February 17, 2021 to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.  To read CCPERB’s Communication to Archival Stakeholders and the revised Guide for Monetary Appraisals, please visit:

    The changes made by CCPERB have serious implications on the acquisition of archival fonds and we need to ensure that decision makers are aware of the detrimental effects of CCPERB’s actions. This is an issue that requires immediate action and, as national and regional organizations representing keepers of documentary heritage, we are hoping that you will: 

    • Write a letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage to ensure that he is aware of the short-term and long-term impacts on Canada’s documentary heritage [The Honourable Steven Guilbeault P.C.M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6 or].
    • Distribute the attached information to your constituents, if appropriate. 


    It would also be helpful if you could keep us apprised of any actions you decide to take regarding this initiative. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at

    Thank you for your assistance!


    Joanna Aiton Kerr

    Chair, Canadian Council of Archives


    Chers collègues,

    J'espère que tout va bien de votre côté.

    La plupart d’entre vous êtes probablement déjà au courant des récents changements apportés par la CCEEBC à son Guide d’évaluation monétaire.

    Vous trouverez ci-joint le mémoire du CCA (avril 2021) et notre lettre envoyée au ministre du Patrimoine canadien (17 février 2021). Pour consulter la Communication de la CCEEBC aux intervenants du milieu archivistique ainsi que la nouvelle version du Guide d'évaluation monétaire, visitez

    Les changements apportés par la CCEEBC ont de graves répercussions sur l'acquisition de fonds d'archives et nous devons nous assurer que les décideurs sont conscients des effets négatifs des décisions de la CCEEBC. Il s’agit d’une question qui exige une réplique immédiate et, en tant qu'organisations nationales et régionales représentant les gardiens du patrimoine documentaire, nous espérons que vous voudrez bien : 

    • Écrire une lettre au ministre du Patrimoine canadien pour vous assurer qu’il est au courant des répercussions à court et à long termes sur le patrimoine documentaire du Canada [L’honorable Steven Guilbeault C.P., député Ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Chambre des communes, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 ou].
    • Distribuer l'information ci-jointe à vos membres, le cas échéant. 


    Nous vous serions également reconnaissants de nous tenir informés de toute action que vous décidez de mener dans le cadre de cette initiative. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à me contacter à l’adresse

    Merci de votre aide! 


    Joanna Aiton Kerr

    Présidente, Conseil canadien des archives
  • 11 Apr 2021 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello ACA community,

    This is just a gentle reminder about our upcoming deadline for proposals for the first ever online Archival Screening Night at the ACA conference!

    If you have a recently (or not so recently) digitized treasure that is five minutes or under or can be edited to five minutes - please submit a proposal here:

    Here's the original call for proposals for your information:

    At the 2021 ACA Conference the Sound and Moving Image SIS will be presenting our first ever online Archival Screening Night - a program of preserved short video and/or film clips plus pre-recorded introductions (5 minutes or less) from archives across Canada. We are now accepting proposals to be part of the program.

    If you have a digitized film from a recent discovery or preservation effort you’d like to prepare a short clip from to be screened as part of this program please send us a proposal via this form:

    Please note we are planning to make this screening open to the public so please be aware of the copyright status for your clip.

    Clips can, but do not have to, relate to the conference theme of "Home Improvement: Building archives through change":

    The screening will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 10th online. There will be a live q&a after the screening. The deadline for submissions is April 15th. You will be informed if your clip is chosen in early May.

    Yours truly,

    the ACA Sound and Moving Image SIS

    Rachel E. Beattie

    Assistant Media Archivist

    Media Commons Archives, Robarts Library, University of Toronto

  • 29 Mar 2021 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    Attached please find the archival community response to the Federal Government Consultation on How to Implement its CUSMA Commitment to Extend Canada’s General Copyright Term of Protection, 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 Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Statutory Review Working Group was 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

    CUSMA response March 28_2021.pdf

  • 22 Mar 2021 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You are invited to attend a free Royal Society of Canada webinar Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12:00 PM CT

    The panelists are Esyllt Jones, Professor of History and Dean of Studies at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, Ian Milligan, Associate Professor of History, University of Waterloo, Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute, and Cheryl Prescod, Executive Director at Black Creek Community Health Center.

    The Panelists will be exploring themes of the recently released RSC policy briefing "Remembering Is a Form of Honouring: Preserving the COVID-19 Archival Record" available here: The webinar will consider the necessity to remember "the racialized, working people, and those living ordinary lives in extraordinary times" particularly during this pandemic.

    Tuesday: March 30, 2021

    12 PM - 1 PM Central Standard Time (daylight savings)

    Please register here:

  • 20 Jan 2021 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Colleagues,

    The Young Canada Works (YCW) deadline for student jobs has been extended to Friday, February 5th, 2021.  The internship deadline is not far behind!

    Have you been challenged to design a project or to create a student or internship opportunity? Have you been struggling to increase your online presence during the pandemic?  The pandemic has forced us all to adapt and be flexible. This has provided opportunities to work on-site, remotely, full-time, part-time or some combination of all of the above.  

    Below are a few examples of projects that were completed in 2020:

    • An Ontario library hired students to improve their video accessibility and to produce closed captioning.

    • A New Brunswick archives hired students from Ottawa and Montreal to work remotely through DropBox to create archival descriptions for recordings.

    • An Alberta library transitioned their reading program from in-person to virtual delivery, offering an engaging program through social media that attracted new users.

    • Several archival institutions were able to focus on their online presence and they produced engaging content that leveraged the talents of their YCW students.

    CCA will be offering two information sessions for employers that would like to submit YCW student applications by February 5th. We will explore the key components of the application and assessment criteria, changes to the funding guidelines for 2021-2022, and we will discuss tips and options for adapting your YCW application within the current public health restrictions. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

    Advanced registration is required. To register for these sessions please visit:

    Session 1 - Jan 27th at 1pm EST   Registration

    Session 2 - Jan 29 at Noon EST Registration

    To submit questions for the sessions, please email:

    Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

  • 8 Oct 2020 11:00 AM | 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

  • 9 Aug 2019 3:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Council of Archives, the Association des archivistes du Québec, and the Association of Canadian Archivists congratulate the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) for its Report 16: Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. We also applaud the INDU Committee’s statement affirming the INDU report as the authoritative review of the Copyright Act, and noting why it declined to consider the Shifting Paradigms document prepared by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. Copyright is an important issue for many Canadians, as evidenced by the volume of written and oral submissions received in the process of the Statutory Review. Making sense of all this information was a daunting task. The report is an excellent example of what a report on a public consultation should be.

    While we do not agree with all the report’s recommendations, we are extremely pleased with the objective tone and style of the report, particularly its careful and nuanced analysis and presentation of the arguments on all sides of each question, leading to a reasoned recommendation.

    The report includes many recommendations that are of primary concern to archives and archivists. We especially welcome the following:

    • ·       the recognition of the need to allow for circumvention of technological protection measures for non-infringing purposes,
    • ·       the recognition that there is broad consensus on the need to reform Crown Copyright,
    • ·       the facilitation of text and data mining for research and analysis,
    • ·       the suggestion that in the event of copyright term extension from 50 to 70 years after the death of the creator, the extended protection could be subject to formalities such as registration,
    • ·       making the fair dealing purposes illustrative rather than exhaustive, and
    • ·       further review of fair dealing after new and authoritative information is obtained.

    We particularly welcome the acknowledgement of the urgent need for recognition and protection of Indigenous Knowledge. We hope that the Government will make a firm commitment to providing adequate resources and clear timelines to proceed without delay. 

    While we understand that these are only recommendations, we believe the report will provide a well-considered roadmap for future amendments to the Copyright Act so it better serves all Canadians. We are prepared to actively engage in the discussions that are part of the process of implementing the recommendations in the Report that are of great concern to archives.

    Joint Crown Copyright Letter (EN)

    Lettre sur le droit d'auteur


    Conseil canadien des archives, Association des archivistes du Québec, Association canadienne  des archivistes

    Les archivistes canadiens applaudissent le rapport de l'INDU sur l'examen statutaire de la loi sur le droit d'auteur

    Ottawa, le 19 juillet 2019

    Le Conseil canadien des archives, l'Association des archivistes du Québec et l'Association canadienne des archivistes félicitent le Comité permanent de l'industrie, des sciences et de la technologie (INDU) pour son Rapport 16: Examen prévu par la Loi de la Loi sur le droit d'auteur. Nous nous félicitons également de la déclaration du Comité INDU affirmant que le rapport INDU constitue un examen qui fait autorité de la Loi sur le droit d’auteur tout en indiquant pourquoi il a refusé d’examiner le document intitulé Paradigmes changeants préparé par le Comité permanent du patrimoine canadien. Le droit d'auteur est une question importante pour de nombreux Canadiens, comme en témoigne le nombre d'observations écrites et orales reçues au cours du processus d'examen statutaire. Donner un sens à toutes ces informations était une tâche ardue. Le rapport est un excellent exemple de ce qu'un rapport sur une consultation publique devrait être.

    Nous ne sommes pas d’accord avec toutes les recommandations du rapport, mais nous sommes extrêmement satisfaits du ton et du style objectif du rapport, en particulier de son analyse minutieuse et nuancée et de la présentation des arguments de tous les côtés de chaque question, ce qui a conduit à une recommandation raisonnée.

    Le rapport comprend de nombreuses recommandations qui intéressent principalement les archives et les archivistes. Plus particulièrement, nous recevons positivement ce qui suit:

    • ·       la reconnaissance de la nécessité de permettre le contournement des mesures de protection techniques à des fins qui ne portent pas atteintes au droit d’auteur,
    • ·       la reconnaissance d’un large consensus sur la nécessité de réformer le droit d’auteur de la Couronne,
    • ·       la facilitation de l'extraction de textes et des données à des fins de recherche et d'analyse,
    • ·       la suggestion qu'en cas d'extension de la durée du droit d'auteur de 50 à 70 ans après le décès du créateur, la protection étendue pourrait être soumise à des formalités telles que l'enregistrement,
    • ·       faire en sorte que les objectifs d'utilisation équitable soient plus illustratifs qu’exhaustifs, et
    • ·       la possibilité de conduire un nouvel examen de l'utilisation équitable après l'obtention d'informations nouvelles et faisant autorité.

    Nous accueillons positivement la reconnaissance du besoin urgent de reconnaissance et de protection du savoir autochtone. Nous espérons que le gouvernement s'engagera fermement à fournir les ressources adéquates et des délais précis pour procéder sans délai.

    Bien que nous comprenons qu’il ne s’agit là que de recommandations, nous croyons que le rapport fournira une feuille de route bien réfléchie pour les modifications futures de la Loi sur le droit d'auteur dans le but de mieux servir tous les Canadiens. Nous sommes prêts à participer activement aux discussions qui feront partie du processus de mise en œuvre des nombreuses recommandations du rapport qui sont une grande préoccupation pour la communauté archivistique.


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