Moving Forward at the CLGA
Welcome to 2018, a year that will bring big change to the CLGA. We are moving forward with our plans to change our name to better represent our mandate to be inclusive, to elevate underrepresented histories, and to preserve unique collections. As a Community Archive, the CLGA has changed a great deal over the years, and this year will be no exception.
Community Archives exist around the world, holding the histories of many who struggle to have their voices, stories, and histories documented and heard. These archives are kept alive by the communities that support them. As volunteers and archival donors of both records and financial contributions, you are all essential to our significance in the community and continued survival. Without the support of our communities, there can be no Archives, and the push to collect must originate from the communities it represents. Community Archives collect what others choose to ignore, and celebrate the hidden stories that are not traditionally found in history books.
We are proud that the CLGA is a place where research and resistance can merge, and that our collections have a national and international impact. But we need to acknowledge that we have not always been a place where all have felt welcome, and as an organization, we need to strive to make the archive more inclusive. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action remind us, archives and archivists play an important role in providing public access to Canadian history. Looking at archival collections can show the public whose history has been prioritized and whose history has been neglected – this includes the CLGA.
Canadian archives are therefore being tasked to critically consider their role and responsibility in the process of collecting. These ideas cannot be removed from theory surrounding the decolonization of archives.
Moving forward, the CLGA will collaborate with the broader Canadian LGBTQ2+ communities as we work towards becoming a more inclusive, egalitarian, and the safe space for keeping our stories alive.
We hope that you will all join us in the preservation of LGBTQ2+ histories in Canada.
Further reading: DECOLONISING ARCHIVES