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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 7 regional training clinics held between February 2019 - March 2020 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 include a 1-day workshop and site visits in each region.

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. 


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
  • To provide an overview of Memory BC, the provincial archives portal (www.MemoryBC.ca)



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 18 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).   



This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). The cost to attend the workshop is FREE. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to/from the workshop venue.


How to Register:

Pre-registration is required for the workshop. Please note that the participant numbers for each workshop will vary based on venue capacity. Please contact Lisa Glandt, EAS Coordinator at aabc.advisor@aabc.ca for more information or inquire about registration availability.


2019-2020 Workshop Calendar:

As regional workshops are scheduled they will be added to the 2019-2020 workshop calendar:

Vancouver Region - workshop completed (Feb 2019)

Vancouver Island Region - workshop completed (March 2019)

Thompson-Okanagan Region - workshop completed (March 2019)


Central Interior Region

  • Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • Time: 10:30am - 5:00pm
  • Location: Keith Gordon Room, Prince George Public Library
  • Address: 888 Canada Games Way, Prince George, BC V2L 5T6
  • Registration deadline:  Workshop full, please contact aabc.advisor@aabc.ca to be added to wait list.


Lower Mainland Region

  • Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Location: LEP Classroom, Stó:lō Resource and Research Management Centre
  • Address: Building #10 - 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, BC V3R 4G5
  • Registration deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019


Kootenay-Columbia Region

  • Date: September 2019
  • Location: To be scheduled
  • Venue: To be scheduled


Northwest Coast Region

  • Date: September 2019
  • Location: Prince Rupert
  • Venue: To be scheduled


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