Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Since the release of our 2018–2022 Strategic Plan, The ArQuives has been working to address our six priorities, including several priorities that focus on Diversity and Inclusion at The ArQuives. You can read more about our Strategic Plan here:

As part of these actions, the Board of Directors has developed a Historical Inequities statement surrounding collecting at The ArQuives over the past 47 years. We invite you to join us on November 25 at 7 pm for community consultation and discussion around the statement. You can register in advance for this event by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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2018-2022 Strategic Plan


The ArQuives aspires to be a significant resource and catalyst for those who strive for a future world where LGBTQ2+ people are accepted, valued, and celebrated.


The ArQuives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of our histories. Its mandate is to:

  • acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ2+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada
  • maintain a research library, international research files, and an international collection of LGBTQ2+ periodicals
Read more about our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

What is an Archive?

Archives are repositories for documentary heritage that work to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium. Archives are a resource for everyone to use, and a community archives like The ArQuives accepts donations from community members or any record about LGBTQ2+ life in Canada.

Read more about The ArQuives Research Guide
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ArQuives History

The ArQuives is one of the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world and the only archive in Canada with a mandate to collect at a national level. Founded out of The Body Politic newspaper collection in 1973, its mandate is to safeguard the LGBTQ2+ history of Canada. The archives formally incorporated in 1980 and following a legal challenge was granted charitable status in 1981. Today, The ArQuives preserves a wide range of material including personal and organizational papers, books, monographs, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, periodicals, artifacts (like buttons, board games, t-shirts, and banners), and other reference material.

Land Acknowledgement

The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.

ArQuives through the years

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