Thursday, 9 January 2014

Canadian Archives Summit: invitation to genealogists

The City of Ottawa Archives will be one of the regional hosts for the Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory.  The Summit will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs.

The purpose of the Summit is to ensure that Canada's documentary heritage continues:
 to grow systematically using all media to document the Canadian experience in its
complexity and diversity;
 to maintain the integrity of the record of Canada as evidence valid in law, as the basis
for studies in many disciplines and as a way “to know ourselves”;
 to be available to all who are interested in it now and to those of generations to come
 to advance public recognition of our documentary heritage as a source of enduring
knowledge accessible to all contributing to the cultural, social and economic
advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society.

Please join us from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm to watch the live streaming of the summit and discuss the papers and presentations.  Summaries of our discussions will be made and returned as feedback to the Summit.

As a major client of archives and other memory institutions genealogists and family historians have a stake in the discussions. BIFHSGO President Glenn Wright. staff members and BIFHSGO member Lesley Anderson will be among those participating in Toronto. I plan on participating at The City of Ottawa Archives and would welcome some company from the genealogical and family history community.

The City of Ottawa Archives is convenient to OCTranspo and offers free parking, will host the live stream of the Archives Summit in two rooms at 100 Tallwood Drive:

-       Room 226 (capacity 17) will provide the opportunity of discussion in French,
-       Room 115 (capacity 60) will provide the opportunity of discussion in English.

For more information about the Archives Summit and to access background papers please visit the ACA website under the Advocacy tab,

To register your attendance at the City of Ottawa Archives please email John D. Lund at by Wednesday January 15th.

A list of other locations across Canada hosting remote events, where it would be good to have representation from the genealogical community, is at

Thanks to Paul Henry, John Lund and Ian Wilson for information.

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