Professional Development

The SCAA's education program is an important part of our mandate. Workshop topics have included copyright, arrangement and description of archival holdings, digitization for archives, managing audio-visual records, the preservation of historic photographs, the preservation of optical and magnetic media (modern information carriers), and public awareness for archives.

See our list of previous workshops below.

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) - Digital PreservationWorkshop

This  SCAA will host the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) with their "Digital Preservation Workshop" on Wednesday, April 10 2019 at the Moose Jaw Public Library.

This workshop outlines best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered include appropriate selection criteria for physical carriers as well as tools for taking stock of existing digital assets and for developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures. Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions are also recommended.

Target Audience:

Curators, collections managers, conservators, archivists and other personnel responsible for the preservation of digital assets, particularly in smaller institutions.

Workshop Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify digital assets in their institution and assess the risk and impacts of losing access to these assets;
  • develop a digital preservation policy, plan and procedures;
  • understand the factors relevant to the choice of physical carriers; and
  • install and use hardware and software for the purpose of preserving digital assets in smaller heritage institutions.

Instructor: Ern Bieman, Heritage Information Analyst - Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)
Ern Bieman researches and manages the production of content for the CHIN Professional Exchange website since 2007. Prior to this, he has worked in the private and education sectors as a Systems Engineer and Technical Specialist, and has worked in the not-for-profit and government sectors managing funding programs for IT-based R&D projects. Mr. Bieman holds a BSc in computer science, and master’s degrees in business and philosophy.

Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) members are eligible to register at SCAA member rates for this workshop only.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEE:   (Deadline March 22nd)                 

Members $100.00                     Non-members $150.00

REGULAR REGISTRATION FEE:       (Deadline April 05th)          

Members $150.00                                 Non-members $175.00

You can purchase an SCAA membership and get the member rate as well as be eligible for funding under the Professional Development and Travel Subsidy Program by clicking here:

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SCAA Institutional Grants Program webinar

As the SCAA has seen many new institutions applying to the IGP, has offered a FREE grant writing webinar to help members understand and complete the 2019-20 IGP application form.

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Basic Digitization Workshop

On January 26 the SCAA was pleased to offer a one-day workshop in Humboldt for free that introduced participants to the basic archival functions of digitization of archival material, its preservation and storage. Discussion will also touch on the acquisition of “born-digital” items by Archival Institutions as well as reasons for digitizing material.

Introduction to Basic Archives workshops

The SCAA wishes to thank those who attended the "Basic Archives" workshop for volunteers on
July 23 in Craik at the Craik Oral History Museum.

Workshop overview:
This workshop is structured for a novice or someone looking for a refresher and would include:

  •     What are Archives?
  •     Archival Institutions and the Role of the Archivist
  •     Fundamental Principles of Archives
  •     Appraisal and Acquisition
  •     Arrangement and Description
  •     Making Archives Available
  •     Preservation and the Digital World

The SCAA is asking if there is any interest in future "Basic Archives" workshops.
Dates and locations will be determined by the level of interest.

Workshop Reflections

On March 12th, 2018, the SCAA hosted a day-long workshop on the topic of Indigenous-Settler relationships, decolonization, and reconciliation, called the Respect and Relationship Session. The workshop consisted of a morning talk by Eugene Arcand, a Residential School survivor, about his experiences. After lunch, participants were invited to join in a blanket exercise, a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  The following is a brief review of the event, with reflections on the morning's talk by Crista Bradley of the University of Regina, and reflections on the blanket exercise in the afternoon by the Provincial Archives' Jeremy Mohr.
Crista Bradley
University of Regina Archives 
Records and Information Management Archivist
On the morning of March 12, 2018, SCAA members gathered for the first half of the Respect and Relationship Session.  We heard Eugene Arcand, a Cree man from Muskeg Lake First Nation, speak about the experience and effects of the eleven years that he spent in Saskatchewan Residential Schools.  He also spoke about the Residential School Settlement Agreement and reconciliation at both personal and national levels.  Eugene was so articulate and compelling.   He shared thoughtful and candid reflections on being taken from his family, his time at school, and some of his challenges and accomplishments in the years that followed.  He showed us a well-loved archival photo of his fellow classmates, and referenced it throughout the morning - adding names and stories to some of the others who walked part of this road with him.  It was so generous of Eugene to share some of his history with us, to help those of us assembled understand a little more of our own. 

Jeremy Mohr
Manager of Reference and Outreach Services
Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan
For the afternoon of the workshop we got to experience a very moving way of summarizing Indigenous history from pre-European contact to today through the blanket exercise. Using a series of blankets on the floor to represent the land/mother earth, and with all the participants representing Indigenous peoples, we were visually shown how various events and policies affected Indigenous people. We also read aloud statements at various points describing an Indigenous perspective on things that occurred. As we were led through hundreds of years of history the blankets shrank ever smaller and separated until they were mere postage stamps of their original size. More and more of the participants were also forced to stand off to the side having been a victim of disease, famine, or a government policy that separated them from their culture. It was a truly amazing way to showcase the importance and connection to the land for Indigenous people; to show hundreds of years of history and its effect on a people; and to directly connect participants to being a part of that history. I was truly glad for the healing circle that followed where we could all freely express how we felt about what we had just witnessed, and to hear some of the stories from the elder Lillian Piapot, facilitator Michael Cardinal and others that know and feel this way on a daily basis. I was even more thankful to know that this exercise is happening more and more throughout the province, in schools and to other organizations. I would strongly encourage anyone who is considering becoming more involved in reconciliation, or who just wants to know more about this history to take part in one of these sessions. You can learn more about Kairos, the organization that created and facilitates the blanket exercise here

Questions for Consideration: 

  • What are some potential outcomes for archivists (and by extension, archives) from better acquainting ourselves with Indigenous histories and experiences?
  • How might this knowledge affect the ways in which an archive connects with its community? 
  • Would you like the SCAA to host more workshops like this one? Why or why not? 
  • What parts of your own collections highlight the histories of marginalized segments of the population? How might you bring these histories to light? 
  • What are some of the challenges you have faced in working with materials related to Indigenous histories?

List of previous workshops (coming soon)

Professional Development and Travel Subsidy Program

Through SaskCulture and the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture, and Recreation, the SCAA is able to offer financial support for members' travel to Council-sponsored workshops as well as other professional development opportunities. The guidelines and application form are available for download below. Completed applications should be sent to the SCAA office.

SCAA Office: Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists, 202-1275 Broad St., Regina, SK S4R 1Y2
Tel: (306) 780-9414; Fax: (306) 585-1765;

PD Fund Guidelines 2018-19
PD Fund Application 2018-19
PD Fund Expense Claim 2018-19
PD Fund Sample Letter of Thanks

Chart of Saskatchewan Travel Distances