As was recently announced over Arcan-L I’m been appointed as one of the members of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) – Response to the Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Task Force. I feel honoured to be part of this initiative to address the TRC’s Calls to Action relating to archives and look forward to being part of this important work.
In case you missed the announcement it read as follows:
Dear members of the Canadian archival community,
Over the summer the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives issued a Call for Expressions of Interest to the Canadian archival community in order to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Response Task Force (TRC-TF). The response to this call was overwhelming. The realization that across the nation, our community of professionals is ready and willing to meet the TRC’s Call to Action #70 with conviction and dedication is truly inspiring, and on behalf of the SCCA I want to thank each and every one of you who submitted their statement of interest!
I would also like to introduce you to members of our 12 person Task Force:
|Chair||Erica Hernández-Read||Archivist, Northern BC Archives & Special Collections, University of Northern British Columbia|
|Member||Raymond Frogner||Head of Archives, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation|
|Member||Ian Moir||Territorial Archivist, NWT Archives|
|Member||Melanie Delva||Archivist, Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and Provincial Synod of BC & Yukon|
|Member||Krista McCracken||Archives Supervisor, Arthur A. Wishart Library and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Algoma University|
|Member||Marthe Brown||Archivist, Laurentian University|
|Member||Raegan Swanson||Executive Director, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives|
|Member||Marianne Mclean||Principal, Eigg Road Consulting|
|Member||Emma Wright||Archives Manager, Royal BC Museum and Archives|
|Member||Nichole Vonk||General Council Archivist, The United Church of Canada Archives|
|Member||Jennifer Jansen||Records Analyst, Tsawwassen First Nation|
|Member||Marnie Burnham||Strategic Advisor, Public Services Branch
Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Response Task Force (TRC-TF) has a tremendous challenge ahead. If you recall, the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada<http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf> (June 2015) called upon the Canadian archival community “to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of archival policies and best practices to:
1) Determine the level of compliance with both the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the UN Joinet-Orentlicher Principles
2) Produce a report with recommendations for full implementation of these international mechanisms as a reconciliation framework for Canadian archives.” (p. 258)
As its first step on this journey towards the “action” of reconciliation, the TRC-TF had to develop a Taskforce Project Charter – a document outlining project overview, scope, timelines and resources, organization, and risks, assumptions and constraints. While we are still working out the resources section, the TRC-TF would like to share our recently established Statement of Intent which will lead our work over the course of the next 2 years:
The Task Force mandate is to conduct a review of archival policies and best practices existent across the country and identify potential barriers to reconciliation efforts between the Canadian archival community and Indigenous record keepers. With such a review in hand, the Task Force will then work in collaboration with Indigenous communities to create an actionable response to this research which will become the foundation for a reconciliation framework for Canadian archives.
Once our Project Charter is finalized, it will be posted on the SCCA website (currently under development). Input into this document, and all others we post will be most welcomed. We strongly encourage you to take interest in, if not ownership of, this Task Force – we want to work with you as much as we hope to work for you on this national issue.
Erica Hernández-Read, Chair
On behalf of Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report Response Task Force Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives