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: https://arquives.ca/about-us/strategic-plan/.

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 going to: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcu6upzMsHNYqgOsn20eq3pFx7lr_OWPw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The event will be open to the general public and be moderated by Terri Brennan of Inclusive Voices Inc. The evening will begin with a short presentation from a member of The ArQuives’ Board, where they will outline the intentions of the statement, how the statement was developed, what the ongoing plans are surrounding diversity, inclusion and anti-racism action moving forward. A moderated question period will follow, where we hope to solicit feedback from the community on the statement and the planned actions. Following the public event, the Board will finalize the statement, and it will be made available on The ArQuives’ website and social media.

This statement and public consultations are only a part of the actions that The ArQuives has planned in the coming years. Many activities will continue to occur in 2021-2022, including an independent audit and review of our holdings, developing a more inclusive collection plan, and continued community outreach. You can find a copy of the draft statement below as a PDF.

Should you have any questions about the process or the event, please contact the board at board@arquives.ca.