The ArQuives’ Board of Directors has recently endorsed Reconciliation Framework: The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission TaskForce. This five-year research project was developed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce in hopes of moving toward reconciliation and decolonization in archival practice. 

The task force created this framework primarily as a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action in 2015. Responding to the need for a systemic change in the archives profession, the task force created a guide to move beyond the confines of a harmful and racist system of professional practice.

Vice president Renée Saucier commented “The ArQuives’ Board of Directors were pleased to contribute institutional support to the creation of the Reconciliation Framework, and are grateful for the work of all of the Taskforce members. We strongly endorse the Framework, and are looking forward to implementing recommendations at The ArQuives.”

In the report, the main objectives are described as “creating relationship-building initiatives, embracing the intellectual sovereignty of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples over records created by or about them, and encouraging the reconceptualization of mainstream archival theory and practice.”

We highly encourage you to explore the framework here