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Letter of Concern from Volunteers

Letter of Concern from Volunteers

On June 4, 2020 a group of concerned volunteers brought forward a letter outlining systemic barriers within The ArQuives related to racism and oppression (see Concerned Volunteer Letter). Due to lingering concerns about the relationship between political advocacy and our charitable status, the Board acknowledges that we have been hesitant in responding to recent issues such as:

  1. Pride Toronto’s handling of the Black Lives Matters demands of Pride Toronto (2016)
  2. Toronto Reference Library’s refusal to cancel the transphobic Meghan Murphy talk (2018)
  3. And most recently the Black Lives Matters protest (2020) We also acknowledge that The ArQuives needs to do more to address structural inequalities within our organization, particularly regarding anti-Black racism.

Moving forward, we are committed to making necessary changes to address these concerns. The Board supports the ED in her leadership, especially her efforts to communicate the concerns of volunteers, staff, and community members to the Board. We’ve consulted with legal counsel and peer organizations and have learned we have much greater latitude in taking public positions than has previously been the case, and we commit to being more proactive and timely regarding requests for statements of solidarity in the future. The Board recently discussed anti-racism action items from the concerned community members and have committed to completing an 18-point action plan in a timely manner (See Board Anti-Racism Action Plan). The action plan includes committing to making a statement about historical inequities at The ArQuives which will be completed by September 30; instituting a third-party Anti-Racist training for all Board members, staff, and volunteers; and creating policies and systems that will streamline communication(s) within The ArQuives.

We welcome your participation and engagement in making our organization a more welcoming and inclusive space for all members of the LGBTQ2+ community, in particular Black and other racialized queer, trans, and non-binary people.Should you have any concern or questions, please do not hesitate to bring forward your concerns to Marcos Persaud: vicepresident@clga.ca

Thank you,

Marcos Persaud, Vice President

Statement and Action Plan for Anti-Racism

Letter of Concern from Volunteers

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Letter of Concern from Volunteers

On June 4, 2020 a group of concerned volunteers brought forward a letter outlining systemic barriers within The ArQuives related to racism and oppression (see Concerned Volunteer Letter). Due to lingering concerns about the relationship between political advocacy and our charitable status, the Board acknowledges that we have been hesitant in responding to recent issues such as:

  1. Pride Toronto’s handling of the Black Lives Matters demands of Pride Toronto (2016)
  2. Toronto Reference Library’s refusal to cancel the transphobic Meghan Murphy talk (2018)
  3. And most recently the Black Lives Matters protest (2020) We also acknowledge that The ArQuives needs to do more to address structural inequalities within our organization, particularly regarding anti-Black racism.

Moving forward, we are committed to making necessary changes to address these concerns. The Board supports the ED in her leadership, especially her efforts to communicate the concerns of volunteers, staff, and community members to the Board. We’ve consulted with legal counsel and peer organizations and have learned we have much greater latitude in taking public positions than has previously been the case, and we commit to being more proactive and timely regarding requests for statements of solidarity in the future. The Board recently discussed anti-racism action items from the concerned community members and have committed to completing an 18-point action plan in a timely manner (See Board Anti-Racism Action Plan). The action plan includes committing to making a statement about historical inequities at The ArQuives which will be completed by September 30; instituting a third-party Anti-Racist training for all Board members, staff, and volunteers; and creating policies and systems that will streamline communication(s) within The ArQuives.

We welcome your participation and engagement in making our organization a more welcoming and inclusive space for all members of the LGBTQ2+ community, in particular Black and other racialized queer, trans, and non-binary people.Should you have any concern or questions, please do not hesitate to bring forward your concerns to Marcos Persaud: vicepresident@clga.ca

Thank you,

Marcos Persaud, Vice President

Statement and Action Plan for Anti-Racism

Letter of Concern from Volunteers

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

Please note that The ArQuives offices will be closed for winter holidays from December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020. We will resume normal hours on January 7, 2020. All reference requests made to queeries@arquives.ca after December 12, 2019 will be answered in January 2020.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.


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.

The ArQuives has an access ramp to the front door and a lift from the first floor to the second floor. There are volunteers available to operate the lift. 

 There is an accessible washroom on the first floor. All washrooms are gender-neutral. 

 The ArQuives is a scent-free environment. 

 Please contact The ArQuives if you have any specific questions about accessibility that we can help with at queeries@arquives.ca.