Truth and Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its final report in June 2015, along with 94 Calls to Action. These Calls provide direction on how the Government of Canada and the Canadian people can begin to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” One such call speaks directly to the Canadian archival community:
70. We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Association of Archivists to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of archival policies and best practices to:
Responding to Call to Action 70
Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives
The Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives was established in 2016 to address several cross-cutting issues facing archives and records professionals today. The Steering Committee includes representation from the ACA, the Association des archivistes du Québec (AAQ), ARMA Canada, Canadian Council of Archives (CCA), Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists (CPTA), and Library and Archives Canada (LAC). The Secretariat resides with the Canadian Council of Archives and is chaired by Joanna Aiton-Kerr.
For more information about the Steering Committee and the events that led to its founding, please visit https://archives2026.com/.
In 2016, the Steering Committee established the Response to the Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce (TRC-TF). The TRC-TF is comprised of archivists and Indigenous Partners with a mandate to conduct a review of Indigenous community outreach policies and best practices in Canada, and to identify potential barriers to reconciliation efforts between the archival community and Indigenous recordkeepers and researchers. Upon completion of this review, the TRC-TF would work in collaboration with Indigenous communities to:
For more information and recent updates on the TRC-TF, visit https://archives2026.com/response-to-the-report-of-the-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-taskforce/
Carrying Forward the TRC-TF’s Work at the ACA
As work of the TRC-TF winds down, the ACA looks forward to continuing reconciliation initiatives and supporting our professional community to endorse and implement a reconciliation framework. The ACA is committed to:
In addition, ACA members are invited to join the Special Interest Section on Indigenous Archives.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which opened at the University of Manitoba in November 2015, is an archival repository home to the research, documents, and testimony collected during the course of the TRC's operation.
Visit the NCTR at https://nctr.ca/map.php
"The Right to Know," Cait O'Neil's blog on Archivists, UNDRIP and the TRC. July 1, 2015. https://www.findandconnectwrblog.info/2015/07/the-right-to-know/
ICA's Expert Group on Indigenous Matters, International Council on Archives. https://www.ica.org/en/our-professional-programme/expert-groups/expert-group-on-indigenous-matters-egim
Government of Canada's Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1524494530110/1557511412801
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) TRC Web Archives. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/Pages/truth-reconciliation-commission-web-archive.aspx
Archives Association of Ontario. Towards Truth and Reconciliation. https://aao-archivists.ca/truth-and-reconciliation
Do you have a resource that you would like to see included here? Please contact us at ACA@archivists.ca
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