Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Archivists Make Great Community Partners for Social Justice

I just came across this article from the University of Manitoba about the new roles for Archivist in partnering with communities for social justice. In the article they refer to the role that archivists have played in the struggle for Aboriginal land claims and self-government.

"Contemporary archivists are becoming more aware of how their decisions shape societal knowledge. They are knowledgeable about the history and development of - as well as theoretical and practical implications for - archives and archiving. They may be as likely to use archiving and archival studies for for human rights causes and in the fight for social justice."

Also quoted in the article, Anne Lindsay says, "Archives are becoming more like partners; [for instance,] in increased dialogue with indigenous communities, building of community capacity rather than simply being a resource for specific questions."

CLGA and its Community Engagement Committee also try to be a partner to the the Queer community in the pursuit of social justice. It is so great to hear about the ways in which other archivist and archives are helping to further social justice in Canada.

Check out the full article.

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