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
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)
Saskatchewan Youth Heritage Fairs (SYHF)
Regional Youth Heritage Fairs
It is that time of year again as we get
excited about the future of heritage in our province.
Students from grades 4 - 8 will be
participating in Regional Heritage Fairs and the SCAA with our friends at the
Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan (PAS) will be judging for the Archives
Award at the Regional Fairs as well as the Provincial Fair. The
2016 Regional Heritage Fairs and the 2016 Provincial Fair will take place in:
- Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Western
Development Museum on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28.
- Moose Jaw at the Moose Jaw Western
Development Museum on Thursday, April 28.
- Swift Current at the Swift Current Museum
on Friday, April 29.
- Regina is scheduled for Friday, May 6 at
the Campus Regina Public.
- 2016 Provincial Heritage Fair will take
place at Government House in Regina on Wednesday, May 25.
Archives Award winner last year
Last year, for the Saskatoon Region, Nathan
Bartch, a fifth grader from Brunskill School, was presented the Archives Award
for his project "Nutana: The First Neighbourhood in Saskatoon"
The SCAA’s new Diversity Initiative
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.
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.
The SCAA Newsletter
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.
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
or contact any of the SCAA executive members.
Library and Archives Canada
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITIES
On June 12,
2015, LAC announced the implementation of the Documentary Heritage Communities
Program which, over the next five years, will provide $1.5 million per year in
contributions to support the development of Canada's local archival and library
communities by increasing their capacity to preserve, to provide access to, and
to promote documentary heritage.
The 12-week application
cycle came to a close on September 4, 2015, and on October 29, 2015 136 applications
are being reviewed by an External Advisory Committee.
funding cycle will open on November 30, 2015, and will close on February 26,
2016. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact program officials with
any questions about the application process.
Canada's Archives: A New Blueprint
On behalf of the Canadian Archival System Working Group, I am pleased to share additional details on the launch of "Canada's Archives: A New Blueprint"
which will be held on November 13, 2015. Please find attached an agenda for the day, as well as the strategy document, for your information.
We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered, and we invite all members of the community to follow the day on Twitter using the hashtag #archives2026
. Audio will also be made available online after the event.
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.
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
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