Welcome to the Archives Association of British Columbia

The Archives Association of British Columbia represents individual and institutional members, maintains resources for the public and the archival community, and advocates for Archives in the province.

Are you searching for archives?  Please visit MemoryBC.ca, our portal to descriptions of archival materials preserved in repositories throughout the province.

Our mission is to foster the development of the provincial archival community in order to better preserve and promote access to British Columbia's documentary heritage. We assist the community through our Education and Advisory Services Program and the Network Services Program that maintains the provincial catalogue (MemoryBC.ca). See the About Us section for further details and how to contact us.

Honourary Patron: The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

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A Statement Regarding Black Lives Matter Activism and Anti-Racism Initiatives

June 16, 2020

The AABC recognizes and joins those advocating for an end to racism, injustice, and violence against Black communities in Canada and abroad, and supports statements made by fellow North American heritage organizations regarding Black Lives Matter protests and Anti-Racism initiatives (including the ACA and SAA).

Racism and colonial violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities in Canada has been a reality since settler contact; colonial violence and institutional racism are embedded in archival practice; and, action against that violence and racism is both urgent, and long overdue. 

This statement alone is not enough and our executive understands that words without action are demonstrative of performative allyship. In order to support and promote anti-racism in archives and heritage, the AABC Executive Committee commits to accomplishing the following action items by the 2021 Annual General Meeting (May 2021):

  • the creation of an anti-racism working group;
  • the production of an anti-racism action plan informed by the needs of our community;
  • the development of an AABC workshop bursary for BIPOC community members; and,
  • the circulation of progress updates throughout the 2020/2021 term via our re-instated newsletter.

The input of our community is essential as we continue to develop our action plan, and work towards a reality of anti-racist archives. Please reach out to the executive through our incoming President, Jenny Seeman (aabc.president@aabc.ca) with suggestions, comments, or feedback, and we invite AABC members to join the upcoming discussion at our Annual General Meeting on June 17th, 2020 at 1:00pm via Zoom.


The Archives Association of British Columbia Executive


October 5, 2020

 AABC seeks volunteers for Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG)

 The Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC) is looking for volunteers to sit on an Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) to support anti-racism action as a shared responsibility with the AABC Executive. Our executive recognizes that words are not enough, and is actively developing channels and accountability measures towards anti-racist initiatives.

The ARWG is part of a series of action items to support and promote anti-racism in archival and heritage institutions and the profession. Further the ARWG will ensure the AABC and its Executive are accountable to BIPOC professionals and communities, and are actively addressing and dismantling systemic racism within the AABC. The working group will assist in the development of an anti-racism action plan, as well as the development and adjudication of an AABC workshop bursary for BIPOC communities. The ARWG will also support BIPOC-only breakout sessions at AABC conferences and other BIPOC safe-spaces to be administered through the AABC.

The AABC executive invites all those who have an interest in fostering an inclusive and anti-racist archival community to participate in the conversation. If you are interested in joining the working group, please contact aabc.president@aabc.ca by October 18, 2020.


The AABC Executive


The Archives Association of British Columbia is proud to celebrate 

BC Archives Awareness Week

Nov 15-21, 2020

More information about events and themes for the week can be found HERE!


Distance Education course: Oral History from Theory to Practice

More information about the course can be found HERE.


 Webinars available for viewing

Access to previously recorded webinars is FREE for current AABC members (non-members $15.00).

Privacy 101: Managing Personal Information in Collections (July 29, 2020)

Setting Up Your Archives (July 8, 2020)

ABC's of Archival Appraisal and Deaccessioning (June 15, 2020)

Introduction to MemoryBC (April 30, 2020)


Posted: January 25, 2021

Museum Manager-Nicola Valley Museum & Archives (Merritt, BC)

The Manager will be responsible for daily operation of the Museum & Archives, reporting directly to the Board of Directors. The Manager will be responsible for programming, events, inquiries, research, curation of exhibits (physical and virtual), volunteer coordination, marketing (advertising, social media and website) and maintenance of the collection and archives. This individual will research potential grant opportunities, liaise with the City of Merritt and engage with community partners as required.

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Posted: January 22, 2021

Manager Data Management-Doctors of BC (Vancouver, BC)-Job Posted

Reporting to the Director, Information Technology, the Manager, Data Management, Information Technology (IT), is responsible for enabling our strategic use of structured and unstructured data. As the Manager, Data Management you will build strong relationships with leaders in the organization in order to provide them with insights and analytics focused on maximizing the use of data in their decision making. You'll be working with analysts and business stakeholders to help design and implement data solutions while overseeing the development team who are responsible for our CRM and custom insurance & benefits administration application. 

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Posted: January 21, 2021

Information Management Specialist-BC Pension Corporation (Victoria, BC)-Job Posted

The Information Management Specialist’s main focus is to deliver a records and information management (IM) program for the corporation so that corporate information assets are managed effectively in accordance with their determined value and as required by legislation, policy, standards and procedures.

This role will develop, analyze, interpret and apply policies, standards and processes related to IM in order to provide IM service, guidance and advice to clients. Services to clients include the development and delivery of training and awareness activities, development and implementation of record retention schedules, and IM process documentation. This position will also conduct routine privacy incident investigations as assigned by the Team Lead. Investigations include gathering information about the incident, documenting findings and making recommendations. This position also coordinates the search, identification, location, and retrieval of responsive records for access requests to corporation-held records in accordance with FOIPPA and determines if records should be released or withheld, based on review and analysis of requests.

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Posted: January 13, 2021

Assistant Director/Archivist-Sidney Museum (Sidney, BC)-Job Posted

Sidney Museum is a local museum presenting and preserving the history of the Saanich Peninsula operated by the Sidney Museum and Archives Society, a not-for-profit organization. The museum features a large gallery to display local arts, crafts and collections and has a very active group of volunteers assisting with collections management and storage, educational programs, archives and exhibits. Sidney Museum attracts thousands of visitors each year, and the extensive archives department preserves records and provides research and information about the local area to the public.

This position reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the Archives department at Sidney Museum, and will share in the operational duties of the Museum. This permanent full time position is for 35 hours a week, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with ½ hour unpaid lunch break, five days a week including weekends and additional days covering holidays and days off. Previous museum or archives experience is essential. The position is ideal for a well-organized person who demonstrates initiative and enjoys meeting and working with people.

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Posted: January 04, 2021

University Archivist-University of Regina (Regina, SK)-Job Posted

The Dr. John Archer Library and Archives invites applications from innovative, proactive, flexible, collaborative and service-oriented candidates for the position of University Archivist. We are seeking an experienced archivist with experience in developing, managing, and promoting physical and digital archives within the larger context of a comprehensive university.

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Posted: March 25, 2017

BC’s GLAM sector signs MOU to build capacity for learning and discovery

First among provinces, BC’s GLAM sector signs MOU to build capacity for learning and discovery Minister Peter Fassbender joins partners at Surrey City Centre Library for the historic event.

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