Archives 101: Archival Practice for Indigenous Organizations


The Archives Association of British Columbia is pleased to be working together with Indigenous organizations, Indigenous communities and cultural-memory keepers to organize regional training clinics aimed at building archival management capacity in Indigenous communities in British Columbia as they build self-governance, develop their community services and continue to preserve their heritage. 

The clinics are intended for Tribal/First Nations Government administrators, Archivists, Indigenous community members or cultural memory keepers, students, and anyone working in the field of archival or heritage practice. The focus of the workshop "Archives 101: Archival Practice for Indigenous Organizations" is on practical knowledge and skills that participants will be able to utilize. The AABC is also keen to hear feedback on how to bridge the gap between traditional knowledge keeping and Western-developed archival practices and how the archival community can better improve their services to meet Indigenous needs. 

1 or 2 day training schedules are available.  

Learning Objectives for the workshops include:

  • To discuss caring for archives, records and cultural knowledge
  • To provide training on archival techniques and practices
  • To answer questions about how to best care for and preserve knowledge and wisdom which is stored on different media (paper, cassette, CD, DVD, film and born-digital)
  • To provide information about resources and support for digitization initiatives
  • To discuss solutions for safe-guarding and providing access to local and community cultural heritage


Lisa Glandt has been the Education and Advisory Services (EAS) Coordinator for the AABC since 2015. In this role she delivers custom archival training, workshops and webinars; teaches distance education courses; consults during site visits; and provides support and guidance to archival organizations and archivists throughout the province.  Over the last 20 years she has worked in a wide variety of archival and records management settings including museums, municipal government, academic (both university and private) and community archives. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in History from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Archival Studies from UBC (MAS, 2001).   


Workshop Registration:

Between 2018-2021 the AABC has been fortunate to receive funding from the Government of Canada through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) to offer free registration for this workshop in regions throughout the province (note: participants are responsible for their own travel costs/accommodations to/from DHCP sponsored workshops). Pre-registration for the workshop is required.

This workshop can also be booked by private or indigenous organizations to provide archival training for staff and volunteers. Please contact the AABC EAS Coordinator at for more information.


Completed Workshops

BC Northeast Region - (online), May 2021

Northwest Coast Region - Haida Gwaii (online), April 2021

Kootenay-Columbia Region - Cranbrook, Sept 2019

Northwest Coast Region - Prince Rupert, Sept 2019

Lower Mainland Region  - Chilliwack, June 2019

Central Interior Region - Prince George, May 2019

Vancouver Island Region - Nanaimo, March 2019

Thompson-Okanagan Region - Barriere, March 2019

Vancouver Region - North Vancouver, Feb 2019





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