Archives Association of British Columbia Offering Free Workshops for Indigenous Communities

Image: Royal BC Museum.

Image: Royal BC Museum.

The Archives Association of British Columbia is working together with Indigenous organizations, Indigenous communities and cultural-memory keepers to organize six regional training clinics in 2019 aimed at building archival management capacity in Indigenous communities in British Columbia as they build self-governance, develop their community services and continue to preserve their heritage. The clinics include a one-day workshop and site visits in each region.

The clinics are intended for Tribal/First Nations Government administrators, Archivists, Indigenous community members or cultural memory keepers, students, and anyone working in the field of archival or heritage practice. The focus of the workshop "Archives 101: Archival Practice for Indigenous Organizations" is on practical knowledge and skills that participants will be able to utilize. During these workshops the AABC is keen to receive feedback on how to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge keeping and Western-developed archival practices and how the archival community can better improve their services to meet Indigenous needs. 

Workshops are free for participants. Please note that pre-registration for the workshops is required and participants are responsible for their own travel costs to/from the workshop venue.  

Further information and a schedule of workshop dates and locations is now available on the AABC website here. A list of tentative venues and dates can be found below; please check back to the AABC website for updates.

2019-2020 Workshop Calendar 

Vancouver Region

  • February 2019

  • Location: North Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Island Region

  • March 5, 2019

  • Location: Nanaimo, BC

Thompson-Okanagan Region

  • March 28, 2019

  • Location: Simpcw First Nation, Barriere, BC 

Central Interior Region

  • May 29, 2019

  • Location: Prince George, BC

Lower Mainland Region

  • June 2019

  • Location: To be scheduled

Kootenay-Columbia Region

  • September 2019

  • Location: To be scheduled

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