Library and Archives Canada announces financial assistance of 1.5 million to support the preservation of documentary heritage: 17 projects funded in Western Canada

News Release

June 2, 2017 – Montréal, Quebec – Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will provide1.5 million to support 48 projects (including 38 new projects) by archives, libraries and documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada. The recipients of this third cycle of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) were announced today in Montréal, at the annual meeting of the Association des archivistes du Québec. Seventeen projects submitted by organizations from Western Canadian provinces will be funded under the program.

The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that enhance the visibility of, and access to, materials held by Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions. The program also aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve, promote and showcase the country’s documentary heritage. At the end of the selection process, the DHCP will provide contributions for eligible applicants across Canada for a variety of projects that will allow citizens to access and engage with their nation’s history like never before.

The following projects will be funded by the DHCP in Western Canada in 2017–2018:

  • Manitoba Local Histories Digitization Project (Manitoba Historical Society), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $8,882
  • Development of Archival Collection at Ogniwo Polish Museum in Winnipeg (Ogniwo Polish Museum Society Inc), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $28,504
  • Processing of the photographic archives of the Association jeunesse fransaskoise (Société historique de la Saskatchewan), Regina, Saskatchewan, $20,953
  • Saskatchewan Archival Information Network - Database EXpansion Project (Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists Inc), Regina, Saskatchewan, $21,039
  • Geraldine and Douglas Moodie Collection (Glenbow Alberta Institute), Calgary, Alberta, $20,000
  • JHSSA Archival Collections Accessibility Project - Phase 2 (Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta), Calgary, Alberta, $17,815
  • Increasing Access to Holocaust Education and Exhibition Project (Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance), Vancouver, British Columbia, $27,058
  • Digitization and Preservation of Western Front's Performance Art Documentation (The Western Front Society), Vancouver, British Columbia, $14,880
  • Preserving our Past, Preparing for Our Future: Addressing Archival Backlog (Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs), Vancouver, British Columbia, $14,092
  • Providing Ready Access to Arrow Lakes Historical Society's Historical Photographs (Arrow Lakes Historical Society), Nakusp, British Columbia, $17,500
  • Digitizing and Preserving Kwakwaka'wakw History (U'mista Cultural Society), Alert Bay, British Columbia, $38,775
  • Digitization Project (Prince Rupert City and Regional Archives Society), Prince Rupert, British Columbia, $15,000
  • North Pacific Cannery Archival Database Upgrade Project 2017 (Port Edward Historical Society), Port Edward, British Columbia, $14,753
  • Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows TIMES Newspaper Photo Collection Project (Maple Ridge Historical Society), Maple Ridge, British Columbia, $14,773
  • Community Archives Regional Training and Development Clinics (Archives Association of B.C), Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, $14,633
  • Collections Accessibility Project - Stage 2 (Bulkley Valley Historical and Museum Society), Smithers, British Columbia, $40,790
  • Archive Back Log Completion Project (Oliver and District Heritage Society), Oliver, British Columbia, $34,562.50.

View the list of all recipients for 2017–2018.

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“As we celebrate Canada 150, the preservation of our documentary heritage is more important than ever. I would like to congratulate all the beneficiaries of the 2017–2018 Documentary Heritage Communities Program and thank them for the admirable work they do to educate and inform Canadians about their history. We are proud to support these investments, which will continue to support local institutions and help build stronger communities.”

– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I believe that we get an incredible return on this investment in our communities! With help from the program, recipient organizations have digitized and described thousands of records and audiovisual recordings, modernized their equipment, trained employees, organized workshops and presented travelling exhibitions that enhance awareness of important chapters in our collective history.”

– Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

“The financial support will allow the Musée des ondes Emile Berliner to make publicly available some of the museum’s most rare discs from a collection received by Oliver Berliner, the grandson of the inventor of the gramophone and disc, Emile Berliner. As a small museum on Montréal’s periphery, we further wish to improve our visibility to the general public and to increase our social and educational impact regarding our museum’s mandate. Montréal played a key role in the evolution of sound recording and sound-recording technology, and we hope our project helps to highlight the country’s impact, starting this project the year of the celebration of Canada 150.”

– Anja Borck, Assistant Director, Musée des ondes Emile Berliner

“This financial support will significantly move the digitization of the approximately 1,000 Tweedsmuir Community History Collections of the Women’s Institute (WI) found across Ontario. Some of these Tweedsmuirs would have been lost over time. At the end of this three-year project, about 250,000 more pages will be added to the virtual archives. While the original documents remain locally across Ontario, the digitized documents are together in one location, allowing researchers across Canada and the world to access the Tweedsmuirs and other historical documents and information to learn about our rich communities, conduct family research and discover the wonderful work that has been created by WI members.”

– Irene Robillard, Digitizing Coordinator, Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario

Quick Facts

  • Organizations such as archives, privately funded libraries, historical societies, genealogical organizations and societies, museums with an archival component, and relevant professional associations are eligible to apply for funding under the DHCP.

  • Applications received by LAC are reviewed by an external advisory committee.

  • Since the implementation of the DHCP in 2015, LAC has invested 4.5 million to support documentary heritage communities.

  • The next funding cycle will be launched in fall 2017.

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Note: To obtain the contact information for recipients of funding under the Documentary Heritage Communities Program for 2017–2018, please contact Library and Archives Canada.

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