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

On Wednesday, April 10 2019 at the Moose Jaw Public Library the SCAA  hosted the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and Ern Bieman who presented their "Digital Preservation Workshop".
This workshop outlined best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered included

  • appropriate selection criteria for physical carriers as well as tools for taking stock of existing digital assets
  • developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures
  • Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions were also recommended.

Participants left feeling 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.

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?

Past Workshops


  • June 23, 2017 - AGM Presentation: Information Webinar on ARCHIVESCANADA Digital Preservation Service (ACDPS) (Swift Current) Sarah Allain, Systems Archivist for Artefactual, the creators of the Access to Memory DB (AtoM) and Archivmatica.
  • September 18+19, 2017 - CCI: Care and Handling of Photographic Materials Workshop (Humboldt) Greg Hill and Crystal Maitland of the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
  • March 12,2018 - Indigenous-Settler relationships, decolonization, and reconciliation, called the Respect and Relationship Session. (Regina-First Nations University) Eugene Arcand (Residential School Survivor); Blanket Exercise presented by Kairos and facilitated by Michael Cardinal and others with stories from the elder Lillian Piapot.


  • June 24, 2016 - AGM Presentation: Collecting and organizing documents of Residential Schools for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (Saskatoon - Western Development Museum) Melanie Delva, Archivist for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster Provincial Synod of BC & Yukon.
  • September 17, 2016 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Regina - Regina Public Library) Cameron Hart, SCAA Archive Advisor
  • September 20, 2016 - Aboriginal Awareness Workshop (Saskatoon - University of Saskatchewan) The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC)
  • February 27-28, 2017 - Digital Preservation Workshop (Saskatoon - University of Saskatchewan)Jeremy Heil, Digital and Private Records Archivist at Queen’s University Archives.


  • April 29, 2015 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Esterhazy - Esterhazy Community Museum) Cameron Hart, SCAA Archive Advisor
  • June 10, 2015 - AGM Presentation: SaskCulture Diversity Planning Program (Regina prior to ACA Conference) Dean Kush, SaskCulture, Assistant General Manager
  • October 5, 2015 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Saskatoon - Saskatoon Public Library) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archive Advisor)
  • January 13, 2016 - Copyright for Archives and Libraries (Regina - University of Regina) (Dr. Jean Dryden)


  • April 10, 2014 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Saskatoon - Dance Saskatchewan Inc.) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • May 28, 2014 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Regina - SCAA/b-Creative offices) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • June 20, 2014 - AGM Presentation: Main Street Prince Albert Program (Prince Albert - Prince Albert Historical Society) (Bob Gill, Main Street PA Coordinator)
  • October 7, 2014 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Melfort - Melfort and District Museum) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • March 27, 2015 - Emergency Preparedness for Flooding (Saskatoon - University of Saskatchewan) (Jane Dalley,Dalley-Froggat Heritage Conservation Services)


  • April 11, 2013 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Saskatoon) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • May 31, 2013 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Watrous) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • June 21, 2013 - AGM Presentation Digitizing Saskatchewan: Strategies and Best Practices for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Content (Moose Jaw) (Craig Herkima, Joel Salt, Lindsay Stokalko - Sask. History Online)
  • September 11, 2013 - Introduction to Basic Archives (North Battleford) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • October 25, 2013 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Rosetown) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • December 6, 2013 - Copyright and Archival Collections (Saskatoon) (Dr. Jean Dryden)
  • March 26, 2014 - Modern Information Carriers (Yorkton) (Joe Iraci - Canadian Conservation Institute CCI)


  • June 2012 - Day prior to AGM Social Media: Strategy to Execution (North Battleford) (Braden Cannon, Special Projects Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta)
  • September 2012 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Lloydminster)  (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • October 2012 - Care of Photographic Material (Saskatoon) (Greg Hill, Film Conservator, Canadian Conservation Institute)
  • March 2013 - An Introduction to Understanding Media Collections (Regina) (Christina Stewart, Media Archivist, Toronto)


  • August 2011 - Introduction to Archives (Saskatoon) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • September 2011 - RAD Refresher (Regina) (Kelly Stewart, AABC EAS Coordinator)
  • March 2, 2012 - Introduction to Basic Archives (Moose Jaw) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • March 14-15, 2012 - Emergency Planning (Saskatoon) (Rosaleen Hill, AABC BCAPS Coordinator)
  • March 30, 2012 - Mini-Media Boot Camp (Regina) (Nowshad (Shad) Ali, On Purpose Leadership Inc.)



  • June 2010 - AGM Presentation: Archival Research Experiences (La Ronge) (Doug Chisholm and Frank Korvemaker)
  • October 2010 - Introduction to Archives (Regina) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • October  2010 - Developing & Implementing a Holdings Maintenance Program (Regina) (Jane Dalley, Conservator, Dalley-Froggatt Heritage Conservation Services)
  • March 2011 - A Privacy Primer - (Regina) (Erin M. S. Kleisinger, Partner, McDougall-Gauley, LLP)



  • May 2009 - Introduction to Archives (Saskatoon) (Carey Issak, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • June 2009 - Day prior to AGM Copyright Law (Saskatoon) (Dr. Jean Dryden)
  • September 2009 - NADP workshop (Saskatoon) (Cameron Hart, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • March 2010 - Introduction to Managing a Digitization Project (Regina) (Rosaleen Hill, AABC BCAPS Coordinator and Kelly Stewart, AABC EAS Coordinator)



  • May 2008 - Archives and You conference and workshops (Regina) - organized by CCA with SCAA
  • August 2008 - Introduction to Managing Archival Sound and Moving Image Materials (Saskatoon) (Bill Wagner, PAS and Brock Silversides)
  • March 2009 - NADP workshop (Saskatoon) (Jeff O'Brien, City of Saskatoon Archivist)


  • July 2007 - Archival Description: Inventories and Finding Aids (RAD Part I) (Regina) (Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist)
  • August 2007 - Archival Description: Headings and References (RAD part II) (Saskatoon) (Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist)
  • NADP workshop (Saskatoon)
  • Introduction to Archives (Prince Albert) (Carey Issak, SCAA Archives Advisor)
  • November 2007 - Public Awareness (Saskatoon) (Kim Ali, Leah Brodie and Nowshad (Shad) Ali, On Purpose Leadership Inc.)


  • June 2006 - Office Ergonomics (Craik) (Sask. Occupational Health and Safety) attached to AGM
  • NADP workshop (Saskatoon)
  • March 2007 - Emergency Preparedness (Saskatoon) (Jane Dalley, Conservator, Dalley-Froggatt Heritage Conservation Services)


  • June 2005 - Workshops organized by SCAA and conducted in partnership with the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) Conference (Saskatoon)

    • Promotion and Archives
    • Copyright
    • Administering Privacy & Access Legislation in Canadian Archives
    • Digitization Round-table
    • Aboriginal Awareness

  • March 2006 - Exhibits and Promotions (Saskatoon) (Greg Burke, Curator of the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, and Dr. Barbara Phillips)
  • March 2006 - NADP workshop (Saskatoon)


  • March 2005 - Copyright Law (Regina) (Dr. Jean Dryden)


  • November 2003 - Advanced archival photograph workshop (Saskatoon) (Manfred Buchheit, NL photographer)
  • March 2004 - Modern information carriers (Regina) (Joe Iraci - Canadian Conservation Institute CCI)


  • May 2002 - Addressing Digitization: Issues, Myths and Challenges (Regina) (Terry Kuny)
  • February 2003 - Arrangement and Description (Moose Jaw) (Jeff O'Brien, City of Saskatoon Archivist)


  • Basic Archives Day (Prince Albert)
  • Preparing for a Conservation Assessment at Your Archives (Saskatoon)


  • Raising CAIN on the Prairies (Regina) - joint Saskatchewan/Manitoba workshop
  • Archival Principles and Procedures (Lloydminster) (Janice Brum, SCAA Outreach Archivist)


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 2019-20
PD Fund Application 2019-20
PD Fund Expense Claim 2019-20
PD Fund Sample Letter of Thanks

Chart of Saskatchewan Travel Distances