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Scope and Content

Monthly ACA Newsletter

November 2022, Volume 3, Issue 11

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Scope and Content is issued the first Thursday of each month. If you have any comments or feedback, please contact the Communications Committee.

President's Message

Call for Help: Afghan Archivist Support 

Members have received an email asking for help supporting a fellow archivist who, along with his family, had to flee from Kabul out of fear for their lives after the Taliban takeover of August 2021. I know times are financially tough, but anything you can contribute to this GoFundMe campaign will truly help this young family find peace and healing within a country with freedoms we so often take for granted. Let’s welcome our colleague into the Canadian archival fold and support the healing and flourishing of him and his family. 

UNESCO Archivist and fellow Canadian Eng Sengsavang has been tirelessly advocating for this family since first receiving Eshaq Yaqubi's email asking for help last August. She could not publish any information about the archivist or his family on the GoFundMe page because it goes against Canadian sponsorship rules; however, she invited me to share the following information with you: 

"Eshaq Yaqubi is an archivist with 7 years of experience in archival restoration and conservation in various departments of the former Afghan government, including the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Culture and Information, the National Archives, and the Presidential Palace Archives. He has been featured in the Kabul Times and TOLOnews for his work on major digitization projects digitizing historical manuscripts, documents, and films at both the Afghanistan National Archives and the Presidential Palace Archives. He and his family are members of the historically persecuted Hazara ethnic and Shiite religious minority groups." 

The full email and information is posted on the ACA website. Thank you so much for your consideration! 

Planning & Priorities Meetings Update 

The Board hosted its Fall Planning & Priorities Meetings on October 14 and 15. In attendance were ACA chairs, co-chairs, and members of the Website Working Group, Membership Committee, Governance Committee, Finance Review Committee, Public Advocacy and Awareness Committee, and Strategic Planning Working Group. It was amazing to meet with colleagues old and new and listen to committee goals and work strategies! It was also an incredible opportunity to facilitate cross-committee communication and collaboration. So many exciting plans are in the works! If you’ve never thought of volunteering for the ACA, please reconsider! 

Contact Me 

If you have any concerns or suggestions for new initiatives you would like the ACA to undertake, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Your Board wants to hear from you. 

Warmest regards, 

Erica Hernández-Read, President

Strategic Planning Working Group

The Strategic Planning Working Group (SPWG) is officially up and running! Our first official meeting took place on October 15, 2022, where the members determined an action plan for developing the next ACA Strategic Plan. Members of the new working group are: 

  • Chris Trainor (Co-Chair) 

  • Angela Fornelli (Co-Chair) 

  • Tawyla Smith 

  • Allie Querengesser 

  • Jill Teasley 

  • Jesse Cason 

  • Anna Gibson Hollow (Board liaison) 

Over the next several months, the SPWG will review the ACA’s vision, strategic priorities, and objectives and will draft a new Strategic Plan to guide the activities of the Association. We will be seeking input from our members, so please watch your emails and future editions of Scope and Content for more information.

ACA 2023 Conference: Call for Submissions

On behalf of the ACA 2023 Program team, thanks to those folks who have already responded to the call for submissions on our conference theme “Belonging - Considering archival bonds and disconnects.” A reminder that deadline for proposals is Friday, January 6, 2023. There will be a call for student papers as well as a call for posters later this fall.

Regarding the mode of delivery for this conference, we have received several questions as to whether there will be a hybrid option. Based on lessons learned during our hybrid conference in Vancouver, we are investigating the potential to have a modified hybrid conference in 2023; however, we are waiting for more information about the IT infrastructure in place at the conference hotel. We will keep you updated!


Lara Wilson, ACA2023 Program Team Chair

ACA 2023: Belonging - Considering archival bonds and disconnects 

Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Delta Hotels by Marriott) 

Dates: June 28 to July 1, 2023 

A sense of belonging is a fundamental human need – as the story of Anne of Green Gables, PEI’s most famous (fictional) daughter, so vividly demonstrates. As peoples of many regions, ages, faiths, genders, abilities, sexualities, racialized or ethnic backgrounds, we want to see ourselves, our stories, and our experiences reflected in the historical memory of the many environments to which we feel we belong. Archivists and archival practitioners now realize how many aspects of archival work contribute to peoples’ experiences of inclusion and exclusion in a community.Through our actions towards historical memory, people may or may not see their stories and experiences reflected, leaving them with feelings of belonging or disconnection, or at worst exclusion. 

The 2023 ACA Program Team invites proposals that reflect on the theme of “Belonging” from the perspectives of archival theory and practice, related disciplines and professions, and/or diverse lived experiences of archives, records, and memory work. What does ‘belonging' or conversely, ‘not belonging’ mean to you within your archival context or experience?  

Topics could include (but are not limited to)  

  • Where does this profession belong? What disconnects exist between archivists, records managers, and/or IT professionals, and how can these be overcome? How are archival associations, councils, members, and associated organizations and communities working together in new ways? 

  • To whom do records belong? To the archives? To creators? To documented people/communities? To everyone? Who has stakes in the records and how are those understood/articulated/acted on?   

  • Whose experiences belong in archival records and collections?   

  • What groups of people or organizations are not well represented in archival collections? What impact do archival collections and/or exhibits connected with marginalized populations have on these groups’ sense of belonging in an institution, community, region, or nation?   

  • How are existing and emerging technologies changing arrangement, description, access, and use in ways that encourage or discourage a sense of belonging for patrons or staff? What are some innovative practices or projects that can cultivate a sense of belonging? 

  • What steps are being taken to develop a more diverse workforce? What kind of work has been effective in creating spaces of belonging? What barriers still must be overcome?   

  • How are archival services being made more inclusive for staff and users? How can archival spaces, services, practices, etc., be transformed so that more people feel like they belong in physical and virtual spaces? How do we relate to individuals or groups who do not want to ‘belong’ to the spaces archivists construct?   

  • How are new archivists transitioning into the profession? In what ways are archival workplaces and/or the archival community welcoming or otherwise? How does one figure out where they belong in the profession at any stage of their career? 

  • How can the desire to belong lead to practices shared between individuals and communities?  


The 2023 Conference Program Team invites contributions, of either a practical and/or theoretical nature, in a variety of formats including: 

  1. Traditional session: formal presentation of papers; approximately 20 minutes per speaker, with questions to follow as time allows.  
  2. Panel discussion: abbreviated presentation of papers; approximately 10-15 minutes per speaker, with discussion to follow. 

  3. Roundtable: brief 5-7-minute presentations with open discussion.   

  4. Focused Debate on a specific topic: brief presentations with open discussion & debate to follow.   

  5. Archival Book Club: Moderators select readings for discussion at the session; could also include creative elements like debate or voting for preferred works, as in the CBC’s “Canada Reads” broadcast. 

  6. Sprint Session: Is there a challenge that could be solved by a group of people in a short-term, time-bound exercise? What could you accomplish with a set amount of time, a hive mind, and no distractions? 

  7. Fishbowl session  

  8. Storytelling session   

  9. Other: Please share your ideas – be creative! 

Use the “Call for Submissions” button on the ACA website 

Submitting your session proposal in electronic form using this link is strongly encouraged.   

The deadline for these proposals is: Friday, January 6, 2023.


For 2023, ACA will use the “Call for Submissions” button for any workshop proposals that will be associated with the Annual Conference. These submissions will go to the Professional Development Committee, which will make its decisions in Winter 2023. 

Note: Please be advised there will be a Call for Student Papers as well as a Call for Posters later this year, with submission deadlines early in 2023.   

Please feel free to direct questions to Lara Wilson, Chair, ACA 2023 Conference Program Committee: 

Program Team Members: Robyn Biggar, Jonathan Bowie, François Dansereau, Sarah Glassford, Sara Janes, Karen Suurtamm, Kelly Turner   

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Member News

Fall Membership Renewal 

Get your 2023 membership in early and you’ll be entered in our annual Early Bird Prize Draw. Membership runs January-December, so you’ll be covered for next year. 

Remember: Membership with ACA includes access to Archivaria, the Mentorship Program, discounted rates on workshops and the Conference, and more. Members can also help lead our Association by participating on Committees and the Board of Directors, as well as having voting power at our AGM. So why not renew early? 

Prizes this year include sport earbuds, novels by archivist-author Amy Tector, mugs, and gift cards. Also provided by the ACA Board is a one-night stay at the conference hotel for 2023 Conference in P.E.I. as well as registration to a 2023 ACA workshop to be selected by the winner. See the full list of prizes: 2023 Early Bird Renewal Campaign.

Names will be drawn by the ACA Secretariat on January 6, 2023.

ACA Mentorship Program

Sign-up forms are now open for participants to enroll in the ACA Mentorship Program! Students and new professionals can sign up as mentees to be paired with another professional in the Canadian archival community.

We’re also seeking volunteer mentors. Please consider signing up as mentor to connect with someone newly entering the profession and offer your insight into archival issues, working environments, and career development. Any ACA member with a minimum of 5 years of post-graduate experience in the archival/information management field and a commitment to cultivating career development and fostering connections with emerging professionals is eligible. This could include equivalent years of experience. Please get in touch with the Mentorship Program if you have questions about eligibility:

Deadline: January 15, 2023. 

Any questions can also be directed to the Mentorship Program Coordinators, Kyle Pugh and Nicole Aminian:

Volunteers Needed 

The ACA Membership Committee has open vacancies for new committee members. This standing committee works to promote Association membership and runs the Mentorship Program. We’re a great group to join for both new and seasoned ACA members. Please consider volunteering if you are keen to engage with the ACA community and enhance the membership experience! 

We are still looking for volunteers to serve on the Conference Planning Committee, which is charged with developing preliminary plans for the annual conferences of the Association of Canadian Archivists 2-3 years ahead of the conference dates. If you’ve ever wanted to gain some experience in conference planning but were maybe a bit apprehensive about keeping up with the fun, yet hectic, pace of a Conference Program Team, this is the committee for you! Meet and work with colleagues from across the country to conceptualize what conferences could look like for the ACA in the future! Such an exciting prospect! Check out the Conference Planning Committee Objectives & Responsibilities here before submitting your volunteer form. 

If you have any questions the Conference Planning Committee, please send Anna Gibson-Hollow an email:

Application forms are online.

Membership Fee Changes: Meeting and Motions 

Two motions will be put to a Special Member Vote on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Immediately following the Special Meeting of Members, a ballot will be electronically sent to all current ACA Individual Members and Institutional Members (Designated Delegate). The ballot will be open from 3:00 pm (ET) on November 16, 2022 until end of day, November 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm (PT). 

Member Motion #1: Motion to adopt the proposed Individual member fee changes, to start at the beginning of the 2024 membership year, as outlined in the Option 2 Salary Range table presented in the Individual Membership Fee Report 2022. 

Member Motion #2: Motion to adopt the proposed Institutional member fee changes, to start at the beginning of the 2024 membership year, as outlined in the Option 3 Staff Range table presented in the Institutional Membership Fee Report 2022.

Special Meeting for Members 

November 16, 2022, 1:00 pm (ET) / 10:00 am (PT) 

Quorum for this special meeting is 5% of the current membership. Please see the link to the ACA By-Laws passed in 2020.

If you wish to submit questions about the two motions in advance of the meeting, please use the form below:

You may also reach out directly to the ACA Board of Directors or the Secretariat with any questions you may have. 

2023 Carr McLean Sponsorship 

The Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Carr McLean has agreed to renew its sponsorship agreement with the ACA! What this means is that all ACA members, regardless of member category, will receive a 10% discount off all online purchases throughout 2023!  

10% ACA Member Discount Details 

  • Overview: ACA members (individual & institutional) will receive a 10% discount off their Carr McLean purchases over the course of an entire membership year 

  • Conditions: This discount can be applied to any online order $100 and over and is non-transferrable 

  • Distribution: Codes will be provided to members by the ACA Secretariat upon their annual membership renewal 

  • Roll-Out: This discount will commence January 1, 2023, and this code will remain effective until December 31, 2023. You will receive your 2023 discount code via email from the ACA Secretariat
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ACA Foundation

All required documents and reports have been submitted to the Charities Directorate, Canada Revenue Agency. Once we have an update with regard to the charitable status for the ACA Foundation, an email will be sent to all ACA members. As previously reported to the membership, the Board of the ACA Foundation and Secretariat continue to work to launch the ACAF website.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please do not hesitate to contact Kyle Pugh, ACAF Board Chair.

Upcoming Events


  • November 9: Native American Residential Schools, Archives, and Truth and Reconciliation 

  • November 10: Technology and Archives Special Interest Section (TaASIS) Fall Meet-Up 

  • November 15: Unarchived Film Screening 

  • November 22: Sound and Moving Image Special Interest Section (SMISIS) Unconference

  • November 23: The Reconciliation Framework: Presentation and Q & A
  • November 23: BIPOC SIS Fall Meet and Greet 
  • November 24: Special Interest Section for Indigenous Archives (SISIA) Meeting
See full the ACA calendar here.

Native American Residential Schools, Archives, and Truth and Reconciliation 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 3:00 pm (ET) / 12:00 pm (PT) 

Please join us for this free webinar, presented by the Association of Canadian Archivists - Special Interest Section for Archives of Religious Organizations (SISARO) 


Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota) is the Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School, formerly known as Holy Rosary Mission, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Red Cloud is one of the few remaining Jesuit schools serving an indigenous community in the country. As an alumnus of Red Cloud, Maka continued his Jesuit education at the University of San Francisco. He returned to Red Cloud after earning his master's in Peace and Human Rights Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Over the past 8 years, Maka has been a high school history teacher, volunteer coordinator, and the director of curriculum during which he earned a master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He serves as a board member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. He also has served as an advisor to the Taking Responsibility initiative on clergy sexual abuse at Fordham University. 

Archives and historic records of Indian boarding schools serve as a critical step in the effort toward truth and healing from historical harm. Maka will share the ways in which records have provided avenues for healing and truth-telling at Red Cloud Indian School as the institution moves through a process of addressing its role in genocide and intergenerational trauma. 

Stephen R. Curley is Director of Digital Archives at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and is responsible for the development, professional care, and management of the Coalition's special project: the National Indian Boarding School Digital Archives (NIBSDA). He continues to reaffirm that Tribal archives stand as monuments to the traditional knowledge systems and age-old institutions which have sustained the cultural memories of Tribal peoples. He currently serves on the Society of American Archivists Council for his 2020-2023 term. 

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) continues to lead with a robust framework for generating greater awareness, education, and tools for learning and healing in response to the ongoing trauma provoked by the federal Indian boarding school policy in the United States. Stephen will speak about how NABS is engaged in a special project that will seek truth through history: the National Indian Boarding School Digital Archive (NIBSDA). This project is the first of its kind to focus on the national boarding school context and will function to identify and catalog key information about records to inform an ecosystem of research, data management, and community collaboration in powerful and unprecedented ways.  

Amy Cooper Cary is Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University, where she oversees the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions collection, as well as other collections related to Native Americans and Catholic missions. Her past work includes work with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Archives, as well as conducting instruction sessions for the Culture Keepers Conference (Keshena, WI) and the National Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference. In addition to serving as archivist at Marquette University, the University of Iowa, and the University of South Dakota, Cary spent seven years as the Director of Archival Studies at the School of Information Studies at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an additional eight years as an adjunct instructor. 

Amy will build on the presentations from Red Cloud Indian School and NABS to discuss how the archival record can support the efforts toward truth and healing. Working collaboratively with both Red Cloud Indian School and NABS, Amy's focus is working with organizations to make the holdings of the records of Catholic Mission schools at Marquette University more accessible in support of these efforts. 

Register for SISARO event

TaASIS Fall Meet-Up

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 5:00 pm (PT) / 8:00 pm (ET) 

Please join the Technology and Archives Special Interest Section (TaASIS) on for its annual TaASIS Fall Meet-Up!

Aside from TAATU (The Archives and Technology Unconference), there currently isn’t an active space for TaASIS members to connect with one another face to face. We want to create a space where TaASIS members have the opportunity to network and get to know each other. TaASIS wants to generate a stronger sense of community and provide a place where members can chat about archives and tech, share project updates, and play a game or two of archival Pictionary!

So come out and join us! The TaASIS Meet-Up is totally participant led and will provide a dynamic space for SIS member engagement and support. To propose an agenda item for an upcoming meeting, add it to the Agenda section
in our event document.

If you have any questions, you can contact Allie Querengesser or Andréa Tarnawksy.

Register for TaASIS Fall Meet-Up

Unarchived Film Screening 

The Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee of the ACA is pleased to announce a joint BC Archives Week event with our colleagues at the Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) to host an online screening of the feature documentary Unarchived. A Q&A panel discussion with the filmmakers and film participants will follow the screening. This event will take place November 15 from 10:00 am-12:30 pm (PT) and will be free to ACA and AABC members. Event registration is required. 

From the National Film Board, in Unarchived,  "co-directors Hayley Gray and Elad Tzadok highlight community archives across British Columbia to reveal some of what has been erased from the official record... Through a collage of personal interviews, archival footage, and deeply rooted memories, the past, present, and future come together, fighting for a space where everyone is seen and everyone belongs. History is what we all make of it."

Register for Unarchived Film Screening

Sound and Moving Image Special Interest Section (SMISIS) Unconference 

Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 1:00 pm (AT) / 12:00 pm (ET) / 9:00 am (PT)

On Zoom 

Hashtag: #SMISISunconf 

Join your fellow archivists for a three-hour unconference on the preservation of sound and moving image archival records. The Sound and Moving Image Special Interest Section (SMISIS) wants to generate a stronger sense of community and provide a place where members can share knowledge and ask questions about topics such as new acquisitions, descriptive practices, digitizing audiovisual records, outreach initiatives, and the backlog of obsolete formats. Join our Google group (list-serv)! 

As an ACA sponsored event, the SMISIS Unconference is covered by the ACA Code of Conduct. 

The unconference is open to all who work (or plan to work) with sound and moving image archival records, including professional archivists, memory workers, activists, volunteers, and students. 

Register (free) to receive the Zoom link, and don’t forget to sign up for a presentation.

The Reconciliation Framework: Presentation and Q &A

Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 1:00 pm (ET) / 10:00 am (PT)

In late February 2022, the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Taskforce (TRC-TF) of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) released its Reconciliation Framework. This webinar will feature five members of the Taskforce, who will describe the process of developing the Reconciliation Framework, an introduction to the Framework itself and the next steps in their work, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Speakers will include Erica Hernández-Read, Raegan Swanson, Krista McCracken, Jennifer Jansen, and Donald Johnson (Lytton Nation).

Register for Reconciliation Framework event

BIPOC SIS Fall Meet and Greet  

Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 3:00 pm (PT) / 6:00 pm (ET) 

Join the BIPOC Special Interest Section for an informal first meeting. This meeting is designed to get to know each other and the SIS, hear updates from the community, and brainstorm event ideas for the next year. Open to BIPOCs only; please respect the space. If you have any questions or want to share any updates from the community (new positions, promotions, graduations, congratulations), please let us know by emailing

Register for BIPOC SIS event

SISIA Open Meeting

Thursday, November 24, 2022, 3:00 pm (ET) / 12:00 pm (PT) 

The Special Interest Section for Indigenous Archives (SISIA) is looking for a chair or two co-chairs to lead up activities and meetings. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss activities and work that can be undertaken in 2023.

If you are interested in being either chair or co-chair, please reach out to Andrew Chernevych, Director-at-Large (

Register for SISIA meeting

Fall Workshops

Implementing Trauma-Informed Archival Practice 

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (AEST)  

Note: In Canada, this event is on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Please use a time zone converter to find your local time.

Online via the Australian Society of Archivists 

This workshop will consider how archives can use the principles of trauma-informed practice to provide a better service for all who use and engage with archives. Trauma-informed archival practice enables better connections with those who use archives, facilitates a reimagining about what archives can be for everyone, and challenges current models of archival work. It is aimed at anyone working in archives and across the broader GLAMR sector. 

The workshop complements, rather than is a substitution for, the online courses. The intent of the workshop is for participants to discuss real-life scenarios based on their current contexts, and develop ideas and strategies to take back to their organizations, around the area of trauma-informed archival practice. It is not a requirement that participants have completed the online course before attending the workshop – but participants may find completing the online courses useful before or after attending the workshop to get the full theoretical grounding. 

While an obvious place for implementing trauma-informed practice is a reference service, this session will also discuss implementing principles of trauma-informed practice in broader areas of archival work, including archival description, providing access and releasing records, and dealing with the effects of vicarious trauma on staff. 

Workshop participants will complete assessments of their archives and develop a plan of practical actions they can take back to their organizations to begin implementing a trauma-informed approach. As part of the workshop, participants also will be completing plans for their organizations. 

Workshop facilitators: 

  • Nicola Laurent, Senior Project Archivist on the Find & Connect web resource team at the University of Melbourne and President of the Australian Society of Archivists. With Michaela Hart and Kirsten Wright, she is the co-founder of the Trauma-Informed Archives Community of Practice. 

  • Kirsten Wright is the Program Manager, Find & Connect web resource, University of Melbourne.  

Description and Access for Anti-Black Archival Materials

Thursday, November 24, 2022, 5:30 7:30 pm (ET) / 2:30 4:30 pm (PT)

Fees: ACA/ASA Members $75.00, ACA Student Members / Precariously employed $50.00, Non-Members $125.00

There are a limited number of subsidized spaces. Please contact the ACA office.

This workshop will address anti-Black racism in archival records by providing methods on how to create inclusive descriptions and how to provide access to these materials while minimizing harm. This workshop will ask participants to think critically about the impact of descriptive and access practices for racist archival records. The workshop will include interactive activities and discussions with time for reflection.

Workshop Facilitator: Melissa J. Nelson is a second-generation Jamaican Canadian from Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History, with a minor in Sociology, from Carleton University. She also completed a Master of Information Studies at McGill University. Currently, she works as an Archivist for the Archives of Ontario. Her blog post “Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives” has been cited in Language in archival descriptions changes by the University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives, “United Church of Canada Archives Equity Statement” by The United Church of Canada Archives, and “Guiding Principles for Conscious and Inclusive Description by Baker Library of Harvard Business School.

In the Field: The ACA Blog

There are several new posts on the ACA blog, In the Field:

"Archival Research, Indigenous Protocols, and Documentary Filmmaking: A Case Study of British Columbia – An Untold History": part 1 and part 2, by Emma Metcalfe Hurst.

"Archivist Authors: The Sound of Fire by Renée Belliveau" is framed as a conversation between Belliveau and Rebecca Murray centred on the moving piece of historical fiction by Belliveau, which draws closely on archival records, published accounts, and a dose of imagination and creativity.

If you're interested in submitting a post or want to discuss an idea for a post with us, please feel free to reach out via

Archivaria 94 Coming Soon

Stay tuned for the upcoming special issue of Archivaria, on the theme of defining and enacting person-centred archival theory and praxis, edited by Jennifer Douglas, Mya Ballin, Jessica Lapp, and Sadaf Ahmadbeigi. The table of contents is now available.

ACA@UBC Symposium: Call for Participants

The student chapter of the Association of Canadian Archivists at the University of British Columbia (ACA@UBC) invites any interested archives or information studies students from all universities around the world to participate in its 14th annual Seminar and Symposium to be held virtually February 10-11, 2023. The theme for this year's Seminar and Symposium is “Archives Unbound: Redefining Archival Concepts and Practice.” Please visit the symposium website for more details regarding our theme and how to submit a proposal.

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Archival Community News

The 2023-2024 Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) call for proposals is now open! The deadline for submitting an application is January 12, 2023 before 11:59 pm (PT). Stay tuned for information on webinars to help with application preparation. 

The Society of American Archivists - Archivists of Religious Collections Section presents its next Lunch and Learn webinar: Web Archiving with Archive-It.

Friday, November 18, 2022, 3:00 pm (ET) / 12:00 pm (PT).  

In our increasingly online world, web archiving – the process of capturing and preserving portions of the world wide web and making them available for research purposes is becoming a critical aspect of archival practice. Archive-It, a web archiving service developed and maintained by non-profit Internet Archive, enables organizations to build and share archived collections of websites, social media, and other web documents and materials. In this session, staff from the Internet Archive will provide a brief introduction to web archiving, as well as an overview of Archive-It, including a discussion of the service's major features and strategies for use. The session will also introduce attendees to Community Webs, a web archiving initiative for community-based organizations and collecting. 

Raven Germain (she/her) first joined the Internet Archive in 2019 and started as a Web Archivist with the Archive-It team in 2020. Previously, she worked as a Public Services Assistant at the University of Alberta Archives. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta and enjoys supporting web archiving efforts from her home in New Brunswick, the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi'kmaq, and Peskotomuhkati peoples. 

Catherine Falls (she/her) has worked for Internet Archive Canada as a Program Officer in Community Programs since 2021. Prior to this, Catherine was an Archivist at the Archives of Ontario and held positions in archives and special collections libraries in the Toronto area. She holds Master's degrees in Information and Art History and will be joining the session from her home on the unceded ancestral territory of the Tongva peoples, also known as Tovaangar or the Los Angeles Basin.

The Society of American Archivists – Archivists of Religious Collections Section has uploaded all of their Lunch and Learn webinars to YouTube. You can now access short training sessions on a variety of topics, including outreach, making digital spaces accessible, an introduction to AtoM, reference services, constructing an archival vault, and more!

AAQ 2023 (#AAQ2023) will take place in Quebec City, May 17-19, 2023 at the l’Hôtel PUR. The conference theme is Archives: sources of creativity and innovation and the deadline to submit proposals is Friday, November 18, 2022

The Digital Museums Canada 2022 Call for proposals is now open! DMC provides Canadian museums and heritage organizations with funding and support to create incredible online projects for their current and future audiences. Along with funding, DMC offers expert guidance in digital accessibility, user experience, and inclusive design. The DMC website includes resources and inspiring examples of projects we have funded from Whitehorse to St. John's to Victoria. Apply at The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2022. If you need help with your application, contact

ASA Conference 2023 Call for proposals: Care for the People in the Archives, Edmonton, Alberta, May 26-27, 2023. The deadline for submitting conference proposals is Friday, December 2, 2022.

At the heart of archival work are the people impacted by the work. There are archival workers who process and make records accessible, donors who provide the archives with its holdings, the people documented in records held at archives, and users who access those records. The purpose of archival work is to provide information to people, and sometimes that information can be difficult and emotional. An aspect of our work that is little discussed at the archival schools is psychology. Working with records can be a challenge with regards to the human aspect. We may come across donors who are difficult, or grieving and donating a set of records could be part of their grieving process. Or, as archivists process records, the content could document traumatic human experiences such as death, torture, abuse, or hold other disturbing content. Or we may help users in our reading rooms who may have unexpected emotional responses to the content in the records – like flashbacks of a traumatic event. For ASA’s Conference 2023, we will examine these difficult aspects of our work.

We are inviting proposals that address this emotional component to archival work. Proposals could address the following topics:

  • Labour issues in the archival profession;
  • Experiences working with donors who are experiencing grief, trauma, or other mental health issues;
  • Climate change anxiety in relation to working with records;
  • Vicarious trauma experiences while doing archival work;
  • Occupational health and safety at the archives;
  • Reference service work and experiences of users who are triggered by traumatic information in the records;
  • Working with communities to heal or restore loss;
  • Change in perception by the public and their use of archives:
  • Impacts of increased advocacy and social media presence;
  • Increase in communities’ need for archives.

Please send your abstracts, 250 words or less, to Include your contact information, the format you would like to present in (e.g. individual presentation, roundtable discussion, or panel discussion), as well as a bio of 50 words or less.

Do you know a member who's made big news? Is there something going on that you think the Canadian archival community should hear about? Don't hesitate to forward stories to the Communications Committee, and we'll help spread the word.

Job Opportunities

Submit your job opportunity here and it will be posted to the ACA website. We will also share this opportunity on our social media channels.

Digital Records Archivist, Tłı̨chǫ Government  

Deadline: November 7, 2022

Assistant Professor Position in Archival Studies (Tenure-Track), UBC School of Information 

Deadline: November 20, 2022

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Assistant Professor of Teaching (Tenure-Track) in Library and Information Studies, UBC School of Information 

Deadline: November 20, 2022

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The ACA office is located on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial.