Call to Action # 70

We call upon the federal government to provide funding to the Canadian Association of Archivists to undertake, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, a national review of archival policies and best practices to: 

  1. Determine the level of compliance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Joinet-Orentlicher Principles, as related to Aboriginal peoples’ inalienable right to know the truth about what happened and why, with regard to human rights violations committed against them in the residential schools. 
  2. Produce a report with recommendations for full implementation of these international mechanisms as a reconciliation framework for Canadian archives

Why “Complete?”

February 24, 2022: The Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) this week released the Reconciliation Framework: The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce, the result of five years of research, relationship building, and collaboration across the Canadian archival community with Indigenous partners.

This framework provides a road map of sorts, setting out a vision, foundational principles, and a transformative path forward for the archives profession in Canada. The broad objectives point to areas of archival practice in need of immediate change, and the actionable strategies describe scalable activities that – when customized to meet the unique contexts and requirements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities:

  • support respectful relationship-building initiatives;
  • embrace the intellectual sovereignty of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples over records created by or about them; and
  • encourage the reconceptualization of mainstream archival theory and practice.

Current Status

April 4, 2022

Complete

Previous Status

February 14, 2022

In Progress

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