Advocacy Campaign 2004
Millions of documents, heritage photographs, maps and audio-visual
treasures are held in institutions across Canada. However, these
institutions are struggling to attract sufficient funding and trained staff
to acquire and process the documentary heritage of Canadians. As a result
of this under-funding teachers, researchers, genealogists and the general
public can only access a part of the wealth of knowledge which could be
preserved in Canada's archives.
On behalf of all Canadians, CCA coordinates and maximizes the nationwide
efforts of the archival community as it strives to nurture, sustain,
preserve and make accessible documents, photographs, maps and audio-visual
materials for the benefit and use of all Canadians -- now and for the
Archives are a resource fundamental to the success of many other
industries and sectors, and a specific and dedicated stream of funding for
Archives is required in order to sustain Canada's knowledge based economy.
CCA is the representative for the Canadian archival community and the
sustainability of CCA Programmes is crucial to the viability of the archival
community. CCA provides an inclusive, collegial and cooperative environment,
balancing consensus with flexibility to respect diversity.
Archival activities need to be recognized within the Heritage Policy
Framework. Archives are the sister institutions of museums and libraries
and therefore require equivalent funding and support.