Scope and Content

Monthly ACA Newsletter

October 2020, Volume 1, Issue 10

President's Message

Dear Archival Colleagues,  

I hope that you are healthy and well. October is a month of giving thanks. The Association of Canadian Archivists members recently celebrated and expressed our gratitude to remarkable members of our community at our annual Awards Ceremony. We are all grateful for the work, dedication, and excellence demonstrated by the 2020 Awards winners: Emily Lonie (Membership Recognition Award), Moska Rokay (New Professional Award), Ian Milligan (Honorary Archivist Award), Fred Farell (Association of Canadian Archivists Fellow), Raymond Frogner (Association of Canadian Archivists Fellow), and Larry Dohey (posthumously, Outreach and Advocacy Award). Congratulations to Emily, Moska, Ian, Fred, and Raymond and thank you to their nominators!  

See the link under ACA 2020 Awards to read more about the awards and their winners.

As always, please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any concerns about the ACA or any suggestions on how to make your association better. We always appreciate your feedback!  

Wishing you a happy and safe autumn.  

Best Regards,  

Loryl MacDonald, President 

ACA 2020 Awards

Please join us in congratulating the talented and dedicated recipients of this year's ACA Awards, who were celebrated at our annual Awards Ceremony, held online on September 29, 2020.

From left to right: Emily Lonie, Ian Milligan, Moska Rokay

From left to right: Fred Farrell, Raymond Frogner and Larry Dohey

ACA Equity Statement and Commitments

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.

Call for ACA Volunteers

The ACA is looking for a variety of volunteers to assist with association activities, including new members for its Communications Committee, Education Committee, Governance Committee and Membership Committee. The ACA is also looking for a 2021 Conference Virtual Host and host team members.  

A dynamic and responsive professional association changes everything, and we encourage you to consider volunteering. The ACA believes that a professional and intellectual community is enriched and enhanced by diversity along a number of dimensions, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class and religion. We are especially committed to increasing committee participation by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) professionals. We encourage applications from ACA members at any stage of their careers and from all backgrounds. 

Read more about the current volunteer opportunities and apply for a position here.

ACA 2021 Call for Submissions 

The ACA 2021 Conference will take place June 8 – 11, 2021, with the very relevant theme, Home Improvement: Building Archives Through Change. Like ACA 2020, ACA 2021 be a virtual conference. The deadline for submissions is November 16, 2020.

Upcoming Workshops

There will be two more workshops this fall, bringing the total number of workshops held following the annual conference to six. Another session dedicated to Online Exhibition Planning using Omeka is planned for October 24, 2020 and priority will be given to those on the wait list. An advanced workshop will take place November 28, 2020.

Saturday October 24

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Register here for Online Exhibition Planning with Omeka

If you would like to give a workshop for ACA members and the wider community or if there is a workshop topic that you would like to be available as an ACA workshop event, please reach out to the ACA Education Committee.

Call for Participants for ACA Mentorship Program

It's that time of year again - application forms are now open for ACA members to enroll in the Mentorship Program! Students and new professionals can sign up as mentees, to be paired with another professional in the Canadian archival community. 

Interested in making a connection with someone newly entering the profession? Become a mentor and offer your insight into archival issues, working environments, and career development. This is a great opportunity to give back and we welcome new mentors to join from the general ACA membership. 

Deadline for enrollment is November 15. More program details available on the ACA website. 

Any questions can be directed to the Mentorship Program Coordinator, Jamie Sanford, at

Archivaria updates 

The 2020 Dodds Prize has been awarded to Moska Rokay, a graduate from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, for her article "Ethnography as an Archival Tool: A Case Study of the Afghan-Canadian Diaspora." Congrats! Moska's article will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Archivaria. Read the full citation here. 

Archivaria 90 (Fall 2020) is in production. Get a sneak preview by checking out the Table of Contents!

Feedback for "A Reconciliation Framework for Canadian Archives"

The deadline for submitting feedback on A Reconciliation Framework for Canadian Archives via SurveyMonkey has been extended to midnight (PST) on Friday October 7, 2020.

Member news

Congratulations to Tom Nesmith, ACA Fellow (2010) upon his election to the Royal Society of Canada! Tom founded the University of Manitoba's Master's program in Archival Studies in the Department of history and served as Director of the program for many years. It is wonderful to see such recognition for Tom's tremendous work on archives.

See here for more information about his election to the society.

Job Postings

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.

The Royal British Columbia Museum is hiring a Director, Provincial Archives.  The deadline was extended to October 7, 2020.  Please see here for application details.

Simon Fraser University is hiring a Records Management Archivist, the deadline to apply is October 18, 2020. See here for more details.

Simon Fraser University Library is hiring a Digital and Outreach Archivist.  The deadline to apply is November 2, 2020. See here for more details.

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