TRC Task Force Survey on Reconciliation Action & Awareness in Canadian Archives

The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force (TRC-TF) of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives has released its survey on reconciliation action and awareness in Canadian archives. This survey is open to all members of the Canadian archival community regardless of their role, employment status, the size of their … Continue reading TRC Task Force Survey on Reconciliation Action & Awareness in Canadian Archives

Active History Archives Theme Week

I'm overjoyed by how the Active History Archives Theme Week has come together.  This week emerged after the 'secret archives' new story and the subsequent response from the archival community.  The goal of the theme week is to foster discussion between archivists and historians.  Posts in the week tackle issues of archival labour, how private … Continue reading Active History Archives Theme Week

Open Offices and Dedicated Project Time

I've worked in an open office setup for the bulk of my professional career.  This has typically meant sharing an office space with multiple co-workers and students.  It has also meant working in a space that is open to the public.  In 2015 there was around six or eight months where I had an office … Continue reading Open Offices and Dedicated Project Time

Archives As Activism: The Case of Residential Schools

I'm on a podcast! Given my obsession with listening to podcasts it might not be surprising that I'm very excited to have been part of a podcast recording. Recently Scott Neigh of Talking Radical Radio interviewed Skylee-Storm Hogan and I about the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, activism and archives, and more broadly about documenting social … Continue reading Archives As Activism: The Case of Residential Schools

Listening: Historically Yours Podcast

My podcast listening has changed drastically over the past couple of months - mainly because I'm no longer spending two hours a day in the car.  I've become a bit more selective in what I listen to and I've also changed up when I'm listening.  I'm now spending more time listening to podcasts while at … Continue reading Listening: Historically Yours Podcast

Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC’s calls to action

Sophia Reuss recently wrote an article on  how "Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC's calls to action: Cultural institutions have an important role to play in Canada's reconciliation process."  Reuss' piece looks at the role museums and archives play in caring for and presenting materials relating to Indigenous communities and the need to the … Continue reading Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC’s calls to action

AAO Tour: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

One of the highlights for me at this year's Archives Association of Ontario conference was the tour of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) located in Toronto. The CLGA was amazingly well represented at AAO with two of their staff members presenting, a site tour on the conference program, and numerous CLGA volunteers involved … Continue reading AAO Tour: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Collaborative Archival Practice: Rethinking outreach, access, and reconciliation using Wikipedia

I had a great time at the 2017 Archives Association of Ontario conference last week.  If you're interested in the talk Danielle Robichaud and I gave relating to Wikipedia, archives, and reconciliation work our slides are now online. It was great to meet Danielle in person (and yay for twitter connecting us virtually long before … Continue reading Collaborative Archival Practice: Rethinking outreach, access, and reconciliation using Wikipedia

AAO: Wikipedia and Reconciliation

Headed to the Archives Association of Ontario conference this week? Come join Danielle Robichaud and I on Friday April 28th from 2:30-3:15pm in session 6b.  We'll be talking Wikipedia and reconciliation and sharing some of our experiences editing Wikipedia within the context of reconciliation. I'm really looking forward to this talk and hope to see … Continue reading AAO: Wikipedia and Reconciliation

Archives As Activism

My latest post on "Archives As Activism" can be seen over on Active History. The post explores the connection of archives, activism, and community. It discusses the idea that archives can disrupt social norms by collecting and archiving the work of those outside of mainstream society.  The piece also dives into examples of Canadian archives … Continue reading Archives As Activism