Advocacy alert – archive service at risk

The Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists has organised a great campaign in support of the City of Regina Archives, currently under threat of extreme budget cuts as it has been identified as a “discretionary item that is not a core service for the City of Regina”.

Councils Come And Go: Archivists Make Them Last ForeverThe website allows you to send an e-postcard to the City Council’s Finance and Administration Committee, which meets on 8th May to debate the report. It only takes a couple of minutes to do and you can personalise the message. Please consider supporting our Canadian colleagues by sending a postcard or an email – I’m sure international interest in this issue will be a huge help.

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  1. Update from the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists:

    Dear Friends & Colleagues :

    We regret to inform you that at a city council meeting on May 14, the City
    of Regina council voted 8 to 2 in favour of cutting their City Archivist
    position. Access to the City’s archival record will now be managed on an
    appointment basis; the archives assistant will handle both reference and
    records management functions. There is currently no consideration of
    appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, or legal functions within
    their management proposal.

    We would like to thank you all for the support you have demonstrated over
    this issue.

    We will continue to monitor the situation in Regina. It is clear that their
    proposal for managing the archival record is not sustainable in the long
    term, and we will continue to advocate for renewal in their records
    management and archival program.

    Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists

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