The link above will take you to a CBC Manitoba article about the May 10th Manitoba Day Awards, which honours users of Manitoba archives who have taken records and made use of them in their community, their country, and the world. This year’s honourees included people working on community history projects, academic books, films, and Canadian recording artist John K. Samson.
Sampson, along with other recipients, expressed their deep disappointment at the federal NADP and LAC cuts. These users of archives pointed out that if they were just beginning their projects now, they would likely encounter a lot more difficulty accessing the records that they needed for their projects since the budget cuts have limited the ability of many community archives to provide access.
One honouree went so far as to call archivists superheroes, without whom he would not have found many of the records he needed. More online access does not make all archives more accessible, despite what those making the budget cuts would have us believe.
Archival users recognise the problem of losing the National Archival Development Program and staff & resources at Library and Archives Canada. Evidence of this was shown at the Association for Manitoba Archives ceremony and has been shown by the outpouring of support from academic and community users of archives.
Archivists recognise the problem, and have been rallying together since the April 30th announcement.
Now let’s help the federal budget-makers to recognise and understand the problem. Let’s get them to make things right and repair the situation.
I would like to participate in someway, but will not be able to travel to Ottawa. I am in Toronto. Has an event been planned in the Toronto area?
This is a question that I believe multiple people may be interested in, so I am posting the answer here.
We do not currently have any confirmed activities taking place outside of Edmonton and Calgary. There seems to be some interest in Toronto and in areas around British Columbia, but no events have been planned yet as far as we know.
If you would like to pull something together, please do so, and let us know so we can help you spread the word!
Events such as meetings/mini-protests outside MPs’ offices, at regional records centres, or even at an archive to do something like write physical letters are easy enough to get started. We encourage people across Canada to get something started!
Note: Please provide your name or some sort of contact information when asking a question if you would like us to get back to you! Your personal information will not be posted on this site.
Archivistes et supporteurs: des Marches dans les régions / Regional Archivists' and Supporters' Treks
Participez-vous à l’organisation d’une marche dans votre région ? Participez-vous à un événement ou désirez-vous participer à un tel événement ? Aimeriez-vous que quelque chose se passe dans votre région, mais vous ne savez pas qui contacter ou par où commencer ?
Nous aimerions constituer une liste des villes où des marches ou rassemblements auront lieu le 28 mai 2012 dans le cadre de la Marche vers Ottawa des archivistes. SVP utilisez le volet “Information” de http://archiviststrek2012.tumblr.com/ ou envoyez un message par l’entremise de Twitter (@ArchivistTrek), ou encore contactez les organisateurs sur notre Google group.
Communiquez avec nous dès que possible, de cette manière nous pourrons faire en sorte que le travail soit fait et que les choses bougent !
Are you helping to organize an event for May 28th in your region? Are you participating in an event or would like to participate in one? Would you like to see something happen in your region but don’t know who to contact or where to start?
We are looking to put together a list of cities & towns in which meet-ups are taking place on 28 May 2012 in conjunction with the Archivists’ On to Ottawa Trek. Please use the “Information” submission form at http://archiviststrek2012.tumblr.com/, send a message via Twitter to @ArchivistsTrek, or contact the organizers through our Google group.
Let us know as soon as possible to so we can get the word out and help get things going!
This interview provides a great example of how the NADP elimination will affect community archives across Canada. Walter Cordery of Nanaimo Daily News interviews Christine Meutzner of the Nanaimo Community Archives in an article published 4 May 2012.
CBC New Brunswick’s Information Morning Fredericton broadcast an interview with Melissa McCarthy, Archives Advisor with the Council of New Brunswick Archives on 9 May 2012. Includes an explanation of what archival councils do and the value of archival services.
The Archives Society of Alberta had realeased an official response to the elimination of the National Archival Development Program. The statement includes a call for the reinstatement of the NADP and some examples of projects made possible by NADP funding.
They are changing their “commitment to acquire and maintain a comprehensive collection of Canada’s documentary heritage. Instead, LAC officials argue that a “representative” collection is all that is possible in the “digital age.””
And “representative” in no way implies selective history, right? Just like the recent War of 1812 campaign?
Also, for all of James Moore’s fanfare about digitization the other day, here are the facts from people who actually know what they’re talking about: “a generous estimate is only 4% of the LAC collection has been digitized to date – a poor record that will be made worse by the cuts announced on April 30, 2012, which reduced digitization staff by 50%.”
Other updates include less access for the public and researchers and decentralization of collections. You can read it here.
Personally, I’m fighting more on the behalf of the NADP cut, but this is also bad. The LAC officials decided to cut that program, but their own workers are seeing losses too.
"Archives matter - to me, to Canada, and to us all! I hope Archives matter to you."
If you’re thinking about writing a letter to express your response to the NADP, CCA, and LAC cuts, but aren’t sure where to start, perhaps the example below will help you get started. Many thanks to Nancy Marrelli for allowing us to re-post her words here.
Dear Minister Moore,
I am writing today to express my profound disappointment with, and disapproval of, the recent budget cuts to the National Archival Development Program (NADP) and to Library and Archives Canada.
As the Minister of Canadian Heritage, I wonder if you are aware of how devastating these budget cuts will be to the Canadian archival network and to Canadian documentary heritage - or are these are unintended consequences?
For the past 26 years the Canadian Council of Archives has administered the NADP (and its predecessors) to support archival initiatives in every corner of this country:
small historical societies struggling to maintain and bring local history to their communities,
archives that preserve and make accessible Canada’s proud history of innovation and development,
archives preserving and making available the records of visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and other creators,
archives devoted to the preservation and access of records of women, racial minorities, indigenous peoples - and many other groups whose stories remain buried and untold,
the preservation of important records at high risk: e.g. audio-visual materials and electronic records in obsolete formats, crumbling early paper documents, large old maps, fragile photographic records,
the creation and maintenance of a national online database of Canadian archival resources to make our history available to researchers across Canada and the world.
Although the resources in the NADP are very modest (a mere $1.7 million in 2011/12!), this cost-shared program has leveraged matching funding from a wide variety of other sources, and it has allowed archives with professional expertise to move forward in countless ways with the safeguarding of our documentary heritage. We have done much with little! Cutting this very modest program has dire consequences for the entire Canadian archival network and I am at a loss to understand how this decision can have been made!
The cuts to Library and Archives Canada will lead to the loss of archivists who acquire and preserve the electronic records, early video, wax cylinders, paper documents, and the complex records of Canada’s creators. These specialist professionals process and care for the records so they can be made available in person or digitally to researchers in Canada and across the world. It takes more than a simple scanning project to keep these important documentary resources available to researchers in perpetuity. How are we to believe a vague promise of “improved service” when archivists knowledgeable about the records in their care are being eliminated, digitization staff is being reduced by 50% and highly specialized conservation staff in all media are being severely cut?
Archivists are the caretakers of our collective memory - we need resources to care for the records that tell the world who we are and what we have done! I urge you to reverse these calamitous cutbacks and to protect Canada’s precious documentary heritage.
Archives matter - to me, to Canada, and to us all! I hope Archives matter to you.
Nancy Marrelli Archivist Emerita Concordia University
Lara Wilson, Canadian Council of Archives, Lara Wilson <email@example.com> Daniel Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org ARCAN-L Globe & Mail, letters to the Editor Montreal Gazette, letters to the Editor
Elimination of NADP in House of Commons Question Period
On 7 May 2012 the Opposition Heritage Critic questioned the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages about the elimination of the NADP. The official transcript of the exchange can be found in the official Hansard:
Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP): Mr. Speaker, if we have to trust those people over there, then we are not out of the woods. While millions of dollars are being spent on recreating the War of 1812, this government, including that minister, has decided to declare war on archivists. Cuts are being made to hundreds of small museums because the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages has chosen to make cuts to the National Archival Development Program. Towns and cities everywhere will not have enough money to protect their historical documents—small churches, small libraries, everywhere. And that will have an impact on us. At the end of the day, these cuts are threatening the very wealth and diversity of heritage in our communities. Why is the government so doggedly attacking our collective wealth—
The Speaker: The hon. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC): Mr. Speaker, there is no such attack. Library and Archives Canada will certainly be able to continue meeting its commitments by using new technologies and other means, and those methods will be used by museums across the country. Our government is investing more than ever before in terms of our national museums, small museums across the country. Library and Archives Canada is doing a fantastic job of digitizing things, working with smaller libraries, working with collections and archivists around the country to make sure that more of the collection is available to more Canadians than ever before, at lower cost. They are getting the job done and we are working well together.
Unfortunately, the honourable Minister does not seem to be aware that archives and museums are more often than not distinct entities. He also doesn’t seem to be aware that the NADP cut affects more than Library and Archives Canada. The Canadian Council of Archives staff were the ones "working with collections and archivists around the country", yet their office has been closed with the elimination of the NADP.
Digitization is wonderful, but with the elimination of roughly half of Library and Archives’ digitization staff and digitization funding for smaller archives most often having been provided by NADP, how are Canadian archivists to continue to do “a fantastic job of digitizing things”?
Finally, what about preservation and access? The funds provided by the NADP allowed those activities to take place across the country too. People provide access, not computers, whether it is in person, through digitization efforts, or the migration of aging and obsolete digital file formats to maintain access to previously digitized or born-digital material. By cutting funds and cutting staff, there is no way that archivists will continue “getting the job done”.
If you haven’t already, please do write letters to your Member of Parliament and to the Ministers involved with the heritage sector cuts. As you can see, the people in charge seem to be extremely unaware of what they are actually cutting and the impacts that this has for the records of Canada.
You can now listen online to the interview with Lara Wilson, chairperson for the Canadian Council of Archives, from CBC’s “As it Happens”. The piece begins at 6:50 of “As it Happens for Monday, May 7, 2012, Part Three”, which can be accessed directly using the link above.
Via the link is the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists’ Advocacy Alert. It provides links to information about the NADP cuts, online examples of NADP-funded projects, and a list of key messages to include when writing to your MP and the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
A fantastic blog post from the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections at York University about the NADP cuts and the Canadian Council of Archives. Includes a detailed list of projects that were made possible at this institution because of funding provided through the CCA.
When communicating with Members of Parliament or others about your dismay over the NADP and LAC cuts (whether by writing letters, making phone calls, posting on the web, or in person), here are some questions for which you might want to request answers:
What, exactly, is the federal government’s proposed solution that they claim will improve services? Can they define what it is?
How can officials say that cutting the archivists with expertise in the processing of special media and private records from 41 to 27 is going to improve services to Canadians, when we know through decades of scholarship in the field of archival studies (cite peer-reviewed papers) that 1) the archivist’s knowledge of the records enables them to be better preserved and made available to the public, and 2) government records and private records are different and require different approaches?
Does the government intend to replace the archivist’s professional judgment and skill with some kind of automated computer application? Private contractors? Other archivists who will now do twice the work? Civilians? Can the Ministers responsible please clarify this?
Why did taxpayers spend $89 million on a state-of-the-art facility to house the documentary heritage of the nation a few years ago when LAC is now cutting 20% of its staff and deaccessioning some of its collections?
The onus is on the Minister of Finance and LAC heads to prove that the digitization claim *isn’t* merely spin.
What is the nature of the infrastructure LAC has put in place to build a robust digitization program? What about storage? Does LAC have a trusted digital repository? What about policies, procedures, and obsolescence of file formats? Are there enough staff, not only to preserve the records but to serve as online reference to make them accessible to website visitors? How does the government/LAC intend to run this digitization program that purports to save taxpayer money while increasing access to Canadians. Are they, for example, using cheaper open-source software?
Many thanks to Wendy Smith for suggesting these pointed questions to help target our communications with ‘the people in charge’.
A short post from the Union Library Workers blog about cuts to the NADP and at LAC. Includes a link to an Ottawa Citizen article about the union representing LAC staff and their response to the widespread federal job cuts.
A fantastic blog post by Michael Steeleworthy on the federal budget cuts to libraries, archives, and information centres. Includes a timeline of events and plenty of links to more information about the cuts and their impacts.
This is a short May 2 article from the Toronto Sun by Kristy Kirkup on the budget cuts at LAC. It does not mention the NADP cuts and makes very little mention of the archives side of things, but it’s good that the LAC cuts are getting coverage!
In November 2011, UNESCO recognized the importance of archives to society by formally adopting the International Council of Archives’ (ICA) “Declaration on Archives.” The “Declaration” was first written by archivists in Quebec and was further developed by the ICA who then made it available in 20 languages.
The “Declaration” outlines the important role of archives and archivists in society. Cutting NADP funding seriously undermines the work of Canadian archivists and will have long term consequences on the ability of Canadian archives to fulfill their responsibilities.
En novembre 2011, l’UNESCO a reconnu l’importance des archives pour la société en adoptant officiellement la Déclaration sur les archives du Conseil international des archives. Une telle Déclaration a d’abord été écrite et adoptée par les archivistes du Québec et fut par la suite développée par le Conseil international des archives qui l’a alors rendu accessible en vingt langues différentes.
La Déclaration fait ressortir le rôle primordial des archives et des archivistes dans la société. Abolir l’aide financière associée au programme national de développement des archives (PNDA), c’est mettre sérieusement en péril le travail des archivistes canadiens. De plus, cela aura des conséquences à long terme sur la capacité des institutions d’archives canadiennes à s’acquitter de leurs responsabilités.
The Declaration of Archives, first written by Quebec archivists in 2006, highlights the importance of archives and the responsibility not only of archivists, but of “public decision-makers, citizens, owners or holders of public or private archives, and archivists and information specialists—in the management of archives.”
The Declaration of Archives, first written by Quebec archivists in 2006, highlights the importance of archives and the responsibility not only of archivists, but of “public decision-makers, citizens, owners or holders of public or private archives, and archivists and information specialists—in the management of archives.”
In this blog post, the University of British Columbia Libraries’ Rare Books & Special Collections shared how National Archival Development Program funding has helped them, expressing their shock and sadness at the announcement that the NADP had been cut.
If you haven’t already, here are some pages to check out on Facebook. These organizations and movements are also trying to respond to the NADP and LAC cuts, and provide more outlets through which you can take action:
I think we also need to make very clear in our media communications that Library and Archives Canada cuts and NADP elimination are two entirely separate issues. Yes, both are related to the decimation of archives, but they are nonetheless distinct concerns.
I’ve seen several articles which betray a lack of understanding of this distinction. As a result, eliminating the NADP is not being addressed by government ministers, rather it has been deflected by ridiculous assertions that LAC is doing its job by providing electronic access to archival materials. Do any of these politicians have any idea how much money would be required to provide electronic access to everything in LAC??? No, of course not.
Furthermore, NADP—through its funding for arrangement & description, preservation, and outreach projects—was responsible to some degree for precisely the sort of access that the government is now saying needs to happen in a more concerted manner.
Note: We as archivists are frustrated about both of these issues, but this is an important distinction that needs to be remembered. Thanks very much to Outraged Archivist for making these points and for allowing them to be shared here.
The link will take you to The Globe & Mail’s May 1 article by Bill Curry on the cuts to Library and Archives Canada. There is no discussion about the NADP funding cuts, but there are some numbers to make the job cuts at LAC more tangible.
A response from archivists at the Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections. This blog post provides excellent examples of the tremendous and immediate impact that the federal cuts have on archives right across the country. Lists of previous NADP-funded projects and ways to get involved are also included.
Another great article, this time from Cindy E. Harnett with the Victoria Times Colonist. Published May 4, it features an interview with Lara Wilson and some great examples of work funded by NADP - including the planned September update to archivescanada.ca, which will no longer happen.
An informed and heartfelt response from the Jewish Public Library Archives (Montreal). Touches on the individual experiences of their own NADP-funded projects, and mourns for the loss to Canada more broadly.
Another article by Teresa Smith for Postmedia News, this time from Canada.com and featuring the response of the Government to the public and professional outcry against the resource cuts.
The argument that is put forth by the government is that making cuts will actually make things more accessible, which is impossible in reality. As one twitter user noted when sharing this article, what the Heritage Minister’s spokesperson fails to mention is that many of the people who have been doing important digitization work have now lost their jobs, or will have to do the work of other people whose positions have been eliminated.
The Vancouver Sun published “Government librarians vow to get loud over federal budget cuts” on May 2. The article, by Teresa Smith for Postmedia News, features responses from stakeholder associations in addition to providing general information on the resource cuts and their impacts.
The link above will take you to the statement made by the the Canadian Historical Association / la Société historique du Canada in response to the recent federal funding and service cuts in in the heritage sector (in English).
A CBC new story titled “was published on May 2, covering the cuts to the federal libraries and archives. Audio of report by Susan Lunn for CBC News (Ottawa) on the funding cuts to archives is available with the news story. The report includes clips from interviews with James Turk (CAUT), Harold Floyd (LAC), plus government ministers James Moore and Tony Clement.
Who: To members of the archival community and archives supporters
What: The following call to action is in response to the elimination of the National Archival Development Program by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) on April 30, 2012, and the resulting impact on Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial archives councils, and the Canadian Council of Archives.
Background: On April 30, 2012, LAC eliminated the National Archival Development Program (NADP), a 1.7 million contribution program administered by the non-for-profit Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) for LAC and distributed to Canada’s 13 archives councils to support archival activities locally. Through the councils, NADP funding is on the ground in our 10 provinces and 3 territories, ensuring that Canada’s history is preserved in local communities. Canada’s archival councils provide user-centred services, providing support to archives and archivists so that they may better serve all Canadians.
A one-of-a-kind program, NADP’s goal is to assist in the preservation and accessibility of Canada’s archival heritage through the following objectives: - Increase access to Canada’s archival heritage through the national catalogue of archival descriptions ARCHIVESCANADA.ca - Increase awareness and broaden use of Canada’s archival heritage - Increase representation of Aboriginal peoples and under-represented ethno-cultural groups in Canada’s archival heritage - Increase the capacity of archival networks to undertake strategic and development activities; and; - Increase the capacity of archival institutions to preserve Canada’s heritage.
NADP funds the following activities across Canada: - Development of the national on-line catalogue of archival descriptions, and its provincial and territorial counterparts, so all archives, including the very small, can reach Canadians - Provision of archival and preservation advice to archives - Job exposure for new graduates from Canada’s archival and information studies programs - Access to archival holdings information on-line - Outreach and educational activities in communities to help small institutions manage their treasures - Cataloguing of archival materials to make them accessible to the public - Training opportunities for local archives run by volunteers or one-person operations - Site assessments to both urban and rural archives, to safeguard Canada’s documentary heritage - Preservation of at-risk documents and other archival materials, including electronic records
Impact: NADP was a joint federal/provincial/territorial initiative; NADP, and its predecessor financial assistance program, was a critical source of funding to the community – CCA has operated for 26 years; elimination of NADP means that 11 of the 13 provincial and territorial councils will collapse within 30 days to 6 months, without any financial support. A number of councils have suspended their operations. The CCA’s physical office in Ottawa will close its doors to the public effective May 4, as the organization moves to a virtual office and staffing has been immediately be reduced from 8 FTE to 4 FTE, and will soon be further reduced to a maximum of 2.5 FTE. Further adjustments may be necessary – but at this time minimum administration services will be maintained for the small program Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions, ARCHIVESCANADA.ca, Arcan-l and other secretariat services.
WHAT CAN YOU DO: If your MP is a Cabinet Minister, call the local office and offer a briefing as well as the letter. Write the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable James Moore, and your MP asking them to stop the NADP cut. Members of Parliament - http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx Use the following key messages: • Canada’s documentary heritage is preserved it its over 800 archival institutions • NADP supports archives to preserve Canada’s documentary heritage for Canadians • NADP leverages financial and partnership opportunities for archives across the country • CCA serves the Canadian public. CCA’s work ensures the preservation of Canada’s heritage for the benefit of all Canadians-now and for the future. Through initiatives such as www.ARCHIVESCANADA.ca , CCA is the window through which the world may access Canadian archival information • Archives support Canada’s economy. Sustaining Canada’s knowledge-based economy means sustaining and facilitating access to our knowledge resources. Archives are fundamental to the success of countless public, private, and educational enterprises. • Archives preserve Canada’s past. Millions of historical documents, photographs, maps and audio-visual materials are held in archives across the country • LAC’s stakeholder forum meetings cannot and will not take the place of an archival network of dedicated professionals and volunteers across Canada that took 26 years to build. The damage done by elimination of NADP will take years to re-build. Tell your own story about the value of the NADP and CCA’s services; use the following examples: • books and other outputs that have utilized holdings made accessible by NADP • non-traditional users whose access has been facilitated by NADP • achievements realized through expertise made available to you through archives advisors, preservation services, training opportunities. • how has www.ARCHIVESCANADA.ca and provincial/territorial networks helped users find you • what holdings have been preserved through NADP and in what ways has that had public acknowledgement • what activities by other groups have been assisted through the results of NADP funded projects • what federal initiatives have benefitted by records that were preserved or made accessible through NADP
Destinataires: Les membres de la communauté archivistique et tous ceux et celles qui soutiennent les archives.
Objet: Cet appel à l’action est lancé en réaction à l’abolition du Programme national de développement des archives par Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC) le 30 avril 2012, et à ses conséquences néfastes sur les 13 conseils d’archives provinciaux et territoriaux, ainsi que sur le Conseil canadien des archives.
Contexte: Le 30 avril 2012, BAC a aboli le Programme national de développement des archives (PNDA), un programme d’aide financière de 1,7 million administré au nom de BAC par le Conseil canadien des archives (CCA) et dont les contributions sont réparties entre les 13 conseils d’archives provinciaux et territoriaux pour soutenir des activités archivistiques locales. Par l’intermédiaire des conseils, le financement provenant du PNDA agit concrètement sur le terrain dans les 10 provinces et trois territoires, afin de garantir que l’histoire du Canada est conservée sur place, dans les collectivités. Les conseils d’archives du Canada offrent des services centrés sur les utilisateurs, en aidant les établissements d’archives et les archivistes à mieux servir la population canadienne.
Ce remarquable programme a pour but de favoriser la conservation et l’accessibilité du patrimoine archivistique canadien, en poursuivant les objectifs suivants : • améliorer l’accès au patrimoine archivistique du Canada au moyen du catalogue national de descriptions archivistiques, ARCHIVESCANADA.ca; • mieux faire connaître le patrimoine archivistique du Canada et en accroître l’utilisation; • accroître la représentation des peuples autochtones et des groupes ethnoculturels sous-représentés dans le patrimoine archivistique du Canada; • améliorer la capacité des réseaux d’archives d’entreprendre des activités stratégiques et de développement; • améliorer la capacité des services d’archives de préserver le patrimoine archivistique du Canada.
Le PNDA finance les activités suivantes partout au Canada : • Élaboration d’un catalogue national de descriptions archivistiques en ligne, et son équivalent provincial et territorial, afin que tous les établissements d’archives, même les plus petits, puissent rejoindre les Canadiens • Conseils aux services d’archives en matière de gestion des archives et de préservation • Possibilités d’emploi pour les nouveaux diplômés des programmes de formation en archivistique et en sciences de l’information • Accès à des informations en ligne concernant les fonds et collections d’archives • Activités de promotion et de formation dans les communautés pour aider les petits organismes à gérer leurs trésors • Catalogage de fonds d’archives afin de les rendre accessibles au public • Occasions de formation pour les petits centres d’archives locaux gérés par des bénévoles ou par un seul employé • Évaluations sur place dans les centres d’archives urbains et ruraux, afin de sauvegarder le patrimoine documentaire du Canada • Préservation des documents fragiles et autres documents d’archives, incluant les documents électroniques
Conséquences : Le PNDA était un projet conjoint fédéral-provincial-territorial. Le PNDA, tout comme le programme d’aide financière qui l’a précédé, était une source de financement indispensable pour la communauté archivistique – le CCA existe depuis 26 ans; l’abolition du PNDA signifie que, sans aucun soutien financier, 11 des 13 conseils provinciaux et territoriaux disparaîtront d’ici 30 jours à 6 mois. Certains conseils ont déjà interrompu leurs activités. Le bureau du CCA à Ottawa fermera ses portes au public le 4 mai 2012; l’organisation ne conservera qu’un bureau virtuel. Le personnel a été immédiatement réduit de 8 à 4 employés ETP et sera bientôt réduit de nouveau à un maximum de 2,5 employés ETP. D’autres ajustements pourraient être nécessaires, mais pour le moment, CCA maintient des services à temps partiel pour l’administration du petit programme Jeunesse Canada au travail dans les établissements du patrimoine, ARCHIVESCANADA.ca, Arcan-l et divers services de secrétariat.
CE QUE VOUS POUVEZ FAIRE: Si votre député est un ministre, appelez à son bureau de circonscription et exposez la situation en plus d’envoyer une lettre. Écrivez au ministre du Patrimoine canadien, monsieur James Moore, ainsi qu’à votre député, pour leur demander de stopper l’abolition du PNDA. Députés de la Chambre des communes - http://www.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=F Voici quelques arguments à invoquer : • Le patrimoine documentaire du Canada est conservé dans plus de 800 établissements d’archives au pays. • Le PNDA aide les centres d’archives à préserver le patrimoine documentaire pour les Canadiens. • Le PNDA permet de rallier d’autres contributions financières ainsi que de nombreux partenaires potentiels partout au pays. • Le CCA est au service des citoyens. Son travail consiste à garantir la préservation du patrimoine documentaire canadien au profit de tous les Canadiens, aujourd’hui et dans les années à venir. Grâce à des réalisations telles que www.ARCHIVESCANADA.ca, le CCA est devenu une fenêtre à travers laquelle le monde entier peut prendre connaissance de la richesse de nos archives. • Les archives contribuent à la prospérité économique de notre pays. Soutenir une économie fondée sur le savoir, c’est soutenir et faciliter l’accès à nos sources de savoir. Les archives sont essentielles au succès de milliers d’entreprises privées et publiques, notamment dans le domaine de l’éducation. • Les archives protègent le passé du Canada. Des millions de documents historiques, de photographies, de cartes et de documents audiovisuels sont conservés dans nos centres d’archives un peu partout au pays. • Les réunions du forum des milieux intéressés mis sur pied par BAC ne pourront pas remplacer le réseau de professionnels et de bénévoles dédiés aux archives, déployé à la grandeur du pays, et que l’on a mis 26 ans à bâtir. Il faudra des années pour reconstruire ce qui aura été détruit par l’abolition du PNDA. Apportez votre propre témoignage concernant la valeur du PNDA et des services du CCA; voici des exemples à utiliser : • Des livres ou d’autres produits qui ont été créés à partir de documents d’archives rendus accessibles grâce au PNDA • Des usagers atypiques qui se sont apprivoisés aux archives grâce au PNDA • Une réalisation que vous avez pu mener à bien grâce à l’expertise des conseillers en archivistique, aux services de conservation, aux activités de formation • Comment www.ARCHIVESCANADA.ca ainsi que les réseaux d’archives provinciaux ou territoriaux ont permis aux usagers de vous trouver • Quels documents ont pu être sauvés et préservés grâce au PNDA et de quelle manière le public en a pris connaissance • Quelles activités d’autres groupes ont été soutenues grâce à des projets financés par le PNDA • Quels autres projets fédéraux ont tiré profit de l’existence et de la disponibilité de documents préservés et rendus accessibles grâce au PNDA
“Of all national assets, archives are the most precious. They are the gift of one generation to another and the extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilization.”—Sir Arthur Doughty, Dominion Archivist, 1924