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Advocacy Campaign 2004
Key Messages

  • 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 future.
  • 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.

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