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ACA 2022 Hybrid Conference - June 15-18, 2022

Image credit: Swx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) they are known as Ch'ich'iyúyElxwíkn (“Twin Sisters” orTwo Sisters”). Frank, Leonard, 1870-1944. “The Lions.” P. Vancouver : Importex Company,1919.Original Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs. UL_1628_0125. Web. 8 Sept. 2021.

UnSettled: Redefining Archival Power


Archives are changing and transforming!    

Archives are repositories that help shape public and community memory. Traditional archival theory has upheld control of the historical record by colonial institutions, western perspectives, and whiteness. This power has been used to marginalize, other, undervalue, and erase diversity within the archive and public memory. As a result, colonial institutions have perpetuated their own biases against non-western worldviews to mobilize public memory in support of ongoing colonization.   

Today, archives are used to empower, fill gaps, educate, and celebrate the voices and perspectives of those traditionally barred from this work. Transformative practice allows us to rethink traditional western theory, forge a path of solidarity, and uphold our work based on collective values in regards to archival work. The power of archives and memory keeping is evolving into something new. UnSettled hopes to shine a spotlight on the many ways the profession is redefining archives and archival work.

Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Laura Ishiguro, an Associate Professor at UBC in the Department of History and affiliated faculty with Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies at the University of British Columbia, will start the day on Friday. Her presentation will reimagine the colonial past and reckons with power and silence in the archive in her talk, "No smoke without fire: historical silence, archival rumour, and feminist fabulation – reimagining Barkerville, British Columbia."   
  • On Saturday morning Dominique Luster of the Luster Company will present "Presence, Absence, and the Construct[ion] of Power: Black first-person narrative in the Historical Record." The Luster Company seeks to create a space for Black first-person narratives and to make them accessible in the historical record. In this talk, Ms. Luster will focus on ideas around the historiography and construction of memory created by Black people and how those memories are included in English-speaking institutional practices.   
  • Our final keynote on Saturday is presented by Sdahl K'awaas, Lucy Bell. Lucy is a passionate Haida museologist, language revitalizer, and Haida nerd with a passion for learning from her Ancestors. She has over 20 years' experience in museums and archives. With her at the helm, the Haida have repatriated over 500 ancestral remains and many archival resources. Her keynote, "One drop at a time - How to put out the fire in museums and archives, a Haida perspective," will, in part, respond to the conference sessions and themes of the previous three days.    
  • Finally, we have set aside space for the Musqueam, on whose lands the conference is held, at the beginning and end of the program. Members of the community have been working with Musqueam Archives to identify parts of their cultural practice around gatherings, which they will help the ACA adapt. The aim is to provide information about some cultural practices while allowing attendees to learn through experience. The conference will close with the Musqueam to reflect on the practices learned Thursday morning. Everyone is encouraged to arrive with a good and open heart and mind.  

Plus: a fantastic series of workshops, collaborative discussion forums and social events. Please see our schedule for more details!

Our 2022 registration rates are:

  • Members & AAQ/ARMA members: $ 175.00
  • Non-Members: $ 350.00
  • Students & precariously employed members: $ 75.00

  • A number of free subsidized spots are also available to students and precariously employed members facing financial hardship thanks to the support of the ACA Board and donations from members. These are offered on a first come, first served basis by contacting the ACA Secretariat at

Accessing the Conference

Our conference is hosted using the Whova platform. Whova is integrated with the Zoom conferencing tool for video, audio, and interaction. You can access livestreams, recordings and other conference features like discussions and messaging via Whova three ways:

Whova Web application

  • Best for accessing livestreams and recordings from your laptop or desktop computer
  • Community discussion board and attendee messaging features also available
  • Whova recommends using the Google Chrome browser

Whova Mobile application

  • Good for accessing the schedule, community discussion board and attendee messaging features from your mobile phone
  • Livestreams and recordings are accessible here too
  • If you have installed the Whova app previously, make sure it is updated to the latest version
ACA 2022 schedule
  • Can launch conference sessions and view recordings directly from the schedule in the Zoom application, but will require event access code entry each time
  • Community discussion board, pre- and post-session q&a, and attendee messaging features are not available
All three methods may require you to enter the event access code which will be sent to you as part of your conference registration.

Read more about Whova and Zoom in our Conference Guide!

Questions or concerns? Contact the Program Team

Program Team

Krisztina Laszlo, Chair
Renee Belliveau
Ferrin Evans
Cameron Hart
Krista Jamieson
Karleen Delaurier-Lyle
Shamin Malmas
David Mahwhinney
Carmen Madiema
Krista McCraken
Andrea McCutcheon, Board Liaison
Karen Ng
Renee Belliveau
Moska Rokay
Adria Seccareccia, PD Liaison

Host Team:

Maxwell Otte, Chair
Alan Doyle
James Goldie
Melanie Hardbattle
Kayla Lar-son
Emily Larson
Maria Parachos
Ashlynn Prasad

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