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Welcome to the SCAA

The mission of the SCAA is:

Through leadership, support, education and promotion, the SCAA fosters the
development, cooperation and advancement of Saskatchewan’s archives and archivists.

The Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA) represents the Saskatchewan archival community in the Canadian archival system, and is responsible for developing a cooperative and successful archival network in Saskatchewan, encouraging the establishment of new archives in Saskatchewan, promoting and developing standard archival policies and practices, and promoting public understanding and use of archives and historical resources in Saskatchewan. SCAA adheres to the definitions set forth in the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Constitutions and Bylaws when determining institutional membership, http://www.cdncouncilarchives.ca/bylaw.html#Anchor-2.1.

The Council offers workshops and other educational programs and an Archival Advisory Service providing advice and assistance to archives; and maintains the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network, a network of information about archival holdings in Saskatchewan, including virtual exhibits, descriptions of archival collections, and a photo database.

For those SCAA members contributing to SAIN, that uses the Access to Memory (AtoM) software, please feel free to watch the AtoM introductory webinar (2015-03-05)

The SCAA’s new Diversity Initiative
(Fall 2015)

In 2014-15, the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists was chosen as one of five organizations to take part in SaskCulture’s Diversity Pilot Project.  SaskCulture states very clearly in their Strategic Plan that its aim is to ensure that “cultural opportunities are inclusive, responsive and reflective of the changing face of the province”, and the groups that it funds must “…re-assess, re-think and re-vamp to ensure they offer the most inclusive programs and services – engaging increasingly diverse members, participants, volunteers and audiences”.  It was hinted that future funding could be contingent upon adopting these ideals – that got our attention! 

So, to this end, over the past year, members of the SCAA Executive have been meeting with a consultant to, first of all, understand what diversity means to us, and secondly, investigate ways to bring about a more diverse SCAA.  We were advised that SaskCulture was primarily focusing on two groups; First Nations/Metis, as well as new Canadians, but, as we all know, there are many other groups and communities in the province that would be appropriate in any discussion about diversity.

 For more information on the SaskCulture, Strategic Plan, 2015-2019, go to http://www.saskculture.ca/content/generic_atoms/titlefilecaption-files/SaskCulture2015_SP_web.pdf.

In recent years, the Grants component of the SCAA has been very well subscribed, and members have come to rely on these funds for many projects.  This was one area where the Executive felt that the Council could possibly “nudge” our members into coming up with projects that would fall under this diversity umbrella.  We (the executive) discussed how the term diversity applies to archives and our members; we believe that it could apply to both users/researchers, as well as holdings.  Proposals that focused on bringing about greater inclusion in the community, or projects related to individuals or groups that are relevant to those of a diverse culture would be regarded favourably by the Grants Committee.

The idea of diversity and inclusivity is a product of our changing society in Saskatchewan.  The SCAA, in an effort to be relevant and accessible to all the people in the province, is hoping to incorporate these ideals into our day-to-day operations.  Look for future diversity initiatives including training opportunities and workshops to be announced over the coming year. One of our main goals is to bring the history of the province to as many people as possible.  The diversity ideal may be one of our most effective tools to do this.

SCAA's 2015 Volunteer Recognition Award

The SCAA would like to extend congratulations to our first three recipients of the SCAA's Volunteer Recognition Award in 2015 to May P. Chan of the Regina Public Library, Frank Korvemaker, retired from the Saskatchewan Archives Board and The Bushwakker Brewpub. Thank you all for your years service and volunteer support of SCAA and it's events.

The SCAA Newsletter
"OUTSIDE the BOX"is back!

Thanks to the efforts of Editor Stevie Horn, with the help of the SCAA Communications Committee and other contributors, the SCAA is pleased to announce the return of the SCAA Newsletter, that is available for download here.

If you wish a printed version please feel free to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Submissions for the SCAA Newsletter "Outside the Box"

The SCAA newsletter is a publication that is sent electronically to the public. Along with messages from the SCAA's executive and profiles of both individual members and institutional members, this newsletter highlights activities and events held by those involved with SCAA, such as, but not limited to, Archives Week, Culture Days, open houses and workshops. 

The Communications Committee of the SCAA is continuing to look for material, from any member archives, be it a profile of a great volunteer, a story of a certain collection in your institution or maybe a project completed by your archives that deals with Saskatchewan history or its promotion. 

Send your submissions to Cameron Hart at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact any of the SCAA executive members.

Check out our short films
Lives & Letters 
based on archival material of some of our members

 To Robert Gordon
Based on a poem by Louis Riel
Joseph Caldwell: A Curious Friendship

Based on letters from Yorkton pioneer Joseph Caldwell
Edmund Oliver: A Chaplain’s War
Based on letters from professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, Edmund Oliver.

Alice Rendell: A Prairie Fire
Based on letters from Lloydminster pioneer and Barr Colonist, Alice Rendell


What's New

2016-17 Institutional Grant Program

The Grant Committee has posted on the Institutional Grants webpage,  a Call for Proposals for the 2016-17 year. (Pending Approval of Funding)

Any project proposed by an Institutional member, would need to be undertaken between 1 April 2016 and completed by 31 March 2017. Please see the Institutional Grants webpage
for further details and to download the application.
SCAA 2015 workshops
The SCAA wishes to thank everyone who participated in the "Basic Archives" workshop on October 5th in Saskatoon.  Watch for details about the next "Basic Archives" workshop planned for Regina in the spring 2016.
Click here for further information about this and other workshop topics.