Indigenous Archives & Record Keeping
The purpose of this page is to present a selection of resources to support Indigenous organizations, cultural memory-keepers, and Archivists who find themselves working with community records to further the care, access, and preservation of heritage materials within Indigenous communities. Content will be updated as new best practices are shared and publications are made available on the topics below. Further resources on archival theory and best practices can be found in other sections of the AABC Archivist's Toolkit.
UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (University of Manitoba)
Association of Canadian Archivists Truth and Reconciliation
Steering Committee on Canada's Archives:
General ResourcesFirst Peoples’ Cultural Council - 10 Recommendations for Supporting Indigenous Cultural Heritage
First Nations Public Service Secretariat: Management Training Academy: Records and Information ManagementIKBLC – Indigitization Program
Archives Association of British Columbia (AABC)
Royal BC Museum Repatriation Handbook (August 2018)
Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program (MAP)
Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
Library and Archives Canada “Listen, Hear Our Voices”
First Peoples Cultural Council Language Grants, Arts Grants and Heritage Grants
Canada Council for the Arts “Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples”
Heritage BC "Heritage Legacy Fund"
BC Arts Council "Project Assistance: Museums and Indigenous Cultural Centres"
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Fellowships and Grants
Friends of BC Archives “Indigenous Research Fund”
Own-Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative
Protocol and Policy Development
First Nations principles of OCAP® are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared.
Smithsonian Shared Stewardship Policy (July 2019)
First Nations Public Service Secretariat: Records and Information Management Assessment Toolkit
First Nations Public Service Secretariat: Information Management Toolkit for First Nations Government in BC
Description, Name Authorities and Subject Indexing
Library and Archives Canada Guidelines for writing titles for descriptions of Indigenous-related archival materials
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) Resource Centre Classification Plan (July 2015)
University of Manitoba Indigenous Knowledge Management: Indigenous Subject Headings
Red River College Indigenous Subject Headings Modification Project (Winnipeg, May 4, 2020)
National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA)
Greater Victoria Public Library Indigenous Subject Heading List (interim)
Local Contexts 'Traditional Knowledge Licenses'
Te Kotahi Research Institute presentation (video) "TK Labels Transforming Data Infrastructure to Recognise Indigenous
Privacy Legislation and Indigenous Records
The Impacts of Bill C-58 on First Nations’ Access to Information: A Discussion Paper Following the Review of Bill C-58 by the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs National Claims Research Directors and Union of BC Indian Chiefs (March 2019)
Molly Torsen and Jane Anderson, "Intellectual Property and the Safeguarding of Traditional Cultures: Legal Issues and Practical Options for Museums, Libraries and Archives", (WIPO, 2012),
ENRICH Hub - supports the development of Indigenous based protocols, Indigenous centered standard setting mechanisms, and machine-focused technology that inform policy, transform institutional and research practices, and reform relationships between Indigenous communities and wider society. ENRICH integrates four disciplines – Indigenous Rights, Law, Policy, and Data Science.
Digitization and Preservation of Indigenous Records
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes Indigenous Materials N6/1 – N6/9
Software and Digital Heritage
Publications and Presentations
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