Reconciliation Toolkit for Non-Indigenous Archives in Canada
The Canadian Council of Archives’ Archives Advisory Services Working Group (AASWG) has compiled this toolkit of resources for use by non-Indigenous archival institutions and archivists in Canada that are working with, or hope to work with, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and their documentary heritage. This toolkit is meant to complement the work of the Steering Committee for the TRC Taskforce, which is compiling resources to assist Indigenous communities developing their archives.
The AASWG’s hope is that the resources in this toolkit will help non-Indigenous members of the archival community develop knowledge and new understandings that will guide them toward building respectful and reciprocal relationships with their local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis colleagues and communities. We also hope the resources in this toolkit will encourage archives to begin putting the Reconciliation Framework into action within their archives.
The resources included in this toolkit are by no means comprehensive and are not intended to be – this is just a starting place for non-Indigenous archives and archivists on the journey toward reconciliation. We also recognize there are many gaps in regional representation within the resources listed. The AASWG hopes to address this over time.
The AASWG will endeavour to maintain the accuracy of the resources and digital links to the best of our ability. If there is a broken link, an additional or updated resource that you think should be added, or would like your link removed, please contact the AAWG: aaswg[at]archivescanada.ca. You can also suggest a resource to add to the toolkit using a short online form.
Please note that some resources use language and terminology that is outdated or not preferred in all regions, provinces, territories, or Indigenous communities.
How to Use this Toolkit
For clarity, we have chosen to label resources with provincial and territorial place names in accordance with the names of our associations and councils. If a resource is from a specific province or territory, the name of that province or territory is included in brackets beside the title of the resource. Resources that are national or international in scope are labeled by country.
Themes are listed alphabetically, and the resources therein are organized by province or territory from west to east (Yukon to Newfoundland) followed by national and international resources. Most resources can be found online but some are only available in print or as physical media.
The AAWG would like to thank the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists for their encouragement and support for this project.
You can reach members of the AASWG via email: aaswg[at]archivescanada.ca
Alternatively, you can reach out to the Archives Advisors and designated individuals that contributed this project. Their contact information can be found their on association’s or council’s website:
- Yukon Council of Archives
- Archives Association of British Columbia
- Archives Society of Alberta
- Saskatchewan Council For Archives and Archivists
- Association for Manitoba Archives
- Archives Association of Ontario
- Council of Archives of New Brunswick
- Council of Nova Scotia Archives
- Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Archives