Invitation to Participate: 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, invites you to participate in this survey on reconciliation action and awareness in Canadian archives. The purpose of this survey is to gather and then review institutional policies, best practices, and related perceptions existent in archives across the country as they pertain to engagement with, and support for Indigenous community members and researchers. The results of this survey will be used to identify potential barriers to, or practices in support of, reconciliation efforts between the Canadian archival community and Indigenous communities across Canada.

Survey Link:

Survey Completion Deadline: July 21, 2017


This survey is open to all members of the Canadian archival community regardless of their role, employment status, the size of their archives, or whether they classify their archives as a ‘formal’ or ‘informal’ repository. Multiple responses from archivists within a single large institution are welcome. This survey is available in both English and French – please contact the TRC-TF Chair if you did not receive the survey in your language of preference.


This survey consists of 41 questions organized into the following 4 main themes, with some introductory and wrap up sections:

  • Policies and Procedures related to Indigenous Information Resources
  • Relationships
  • Awareness
  • Reconciliation

This survey will take approximately 10-30 min to complete, but your work can be saved and reopened at a later time. Respondents will also be able to edit their responses to completed surveys up until the survey submission deadline of July 21, 2017.

Please note, not all questions are mandatory.

For the purpose of this survey, we define “Indigenous Peoples” as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples of Canada.


All responses will remain confidential.  Data collected will be summarized, anonymized and amalgamated into a survey report. All original surveys will be retained until the TRC-TF mandate expires or by December 2018 – whichever comes first – at which time they will be destroyed. While the survey maintains the overall anonymity of respondents, its structure does provide the opportunity for respondents to further discuss their institution’s various outreach programs, policies and/or practices with a member of the TRC-TF if they so choose. If this option is selected, the respondent will be asked to provide their name and a contact email through which dialogue will begin. All contact information collected through this means, will again be retained until the TRC-TF mandate expires or by December 2018 – whichever comes first – at which time it will be destroyed.


Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this survey, please do not hesitate to contact Erica Hernández-Read, TRC-TF Chair (

Thank you for your participation!

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