Funding for an information portal on competence profiles for information professionals

The Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) is pleased to share the news that the Professional Skills Working Group of the Association pour l’avancement des sciences et des technologies de la documentation (ASTED) recently received a grant of $22,000 from the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications for creating an information portal on the competence profiles of information professionals.

The SCCA’s Archival Workforce Working Group, which is collaborating with the Professional Skills Working Group, will indirectly benefit from this grant, as it will allow a human resource specialist to validate the archival and records management competence profiles. These profiles will then be disseminated on the future portal as well as the SCCA website.

This collaboration has already yielded an online survey, allowed primary data processing, and provided access to a group of experts where all professional associations are represented.

Finally, the Professional Skills Working Group invites you to help them establish an outline of the main tasks of information specialists.  To participate, please complete this survey by May 18, 2018:  Exploratory survey on the tasks of information specialists

Luciana Duranti & Cédric Champagne
Co-Chairs, Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives

New funding will support Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Taskforce

The Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) would like to congratulate Erica Hernandez-Read, Lead of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce (TRC-TF) and all of its members for their successful application to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant.

Funding from SSHRC’s Insight Development Grant will go a long way to support the continued efforts of the TRC-TF in achieving its mandate, which is directly inspired by “Call to Action #70” from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report from June 2015, which states:

“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 archive.”

Together the TRC-TF and its Indigenous partners will continue outreach and dialogic engagement, expand its literature review and undertake comparative analysis to form its final report. The report will list of actionable recommendations to national, provincial and territorial archival associations and institutions as well as to the individual professional and present a set of protocols and principles pertaining to the culturally responsive management of Indigenous archival resources.

Taken collectively, this body of research will serve as a reconciliation framework for the Canadian archival system.

Please visit the SCCA website, to learn more about the TRC Taskforce.

Luciana Duranti & Cédric Champagne, Co-Chairs, Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives