It is important to remember that this is a fight not only about funding, but about how that funding helped us develop a national network that has achieved a great deal, and how we have done so in a manner which ensured equitable access regardless of disparities between jurisdictions - or between institutions. It is, quite simply, a remarkable story. In fact we have much to celebrate in our shared history and it is vital we speak loudly about our accomplishments lest they, too become forgotten. Given the statements from the House and Senate, it seems too, that, as a profession, we have much to say publicly about issues surrounding the “digital solutions” being offered. We speak of archives and accountability; I think we need to speak of archives and our responsibility. So the funding is important but the issues around that funding spread much wider, and are of great consequence. In the words of William Arthur Deacon: “I have a word of advice for you,…and that is to think highly of faith. Not only to keep faith, but to realize the sterility of cynicism, and the fertility of belief, which is positive. …You have work to do that you mustn’t jumble…Don’t be negative; don’t be afraid; and don’t be restricted.
Some inspiring words for the archival community of Canada in the midst of the fight for funding and the fight to maintain community. Many thanks to archivist Cheryl Avery for allowing us to re-post her words here.