2022 CNSA Conference

The 2022 CNSA Conference, Community-Driven Archives,” will explore archives, archival projects, and archival initiatives that respond to the needs of communities and help build community connections. The hybrid conference* will take place in-person and online from October 24-25, 2022. Registration is open to all!

Nova Scotia Archives, Akins Room
6016 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Via Zoom (links will be provided to all registrants)

Conference Schedule

Read Presenter Bios and Abstracts here

Monday, October 24

9:00-9:45 – Registration & Refreshments

10:00 – Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:15-12:00 – Working with Community
(with a refreshment break in the midst)

  • “Community Collecting & Engagement at the Beaton Institute” – Jane Arnold & Rachel Head, Beaton Institute Archives
  • “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Documenting the Heritage of African Nova Scotians” – Patti Bannister, Provincial Archivist and Director, Nova Scotia Archives
  • ”Refreshing the Record: Heritage Saskatchewan’s Community Living Heritage Projects” – Kristin Catherwood, Director of Living Heritage, Heritage Saskatchewan

12:00-1:30 – Lunch break

1:30-2:45 – Inclusive Practices

  • “Shifting Paradigms: Creating More Equitable and Inclusive Practices at the Archives of Ontario” – Amir Lavie, Sean Smith, and Simon Vickers, Archives of Ontario
  • “Quick tips for making your Archives more accessible” – Lisa Snider, Access Changes Everything

2:45-3:00 – Refreshment break

3:00-4:00 – Seeking Change

  • “Building Bridges by Unlocking Collections,” Karin Kierstead, Association of Nova Scotia Museums
  • “Can the CNSA be a vehicle for change? The Reconciliation Working Group Report” – Members of CNSA’s RWG

Tuesday, October 25

9:30-10:00 – Mingling & Refreshments

10:00-10:20 – 2022 CNSA Awards! Heidi Schiller, CNSA’s Member-at-Large for Awards & Communications

10:30-11:30 – Tapping into Community Sources

  • “Engage, Educate, Empower: Centring the Expertise of Community” – Heather Harkins, Saint Mary’s Genealogy Research Centre
  • “A picture is better than no picture” – Thea Wilson-Hammond, Eastern Shore Archives

11:40-12:00 Ancestry® and Archives (plus a draw for prizes!), Jared Akenhead, Senior Manager – Content Acquisition

12:00-1:00 – Lunch break

1:00-4:00 – Workshop: Best Practices in Oral History

Instructors: Dr. Shamus MacDonald, Dr. Martha MacDonald, and Dr. Meghann Jack

This workshop will explore best practices in digital audio-recording techniques; approaches to interviewing and question development; ethics and informed consent; and how to process your recordings for archival deposit and preservation. There will be hands-on opportunities to practice techniques. No previous experience is necessary. 

*What to expect from this hybrid conference:

For those attending in person, your registration fee includes lunch on both days plus refreshments throughout the conferences. All conference proceedings will take place in the Akins Room, which is fully accessibly and has accessible washrooms nearby. Some presenters will be there in person, others will join us via Zoom and be projected on to the large screen at the front of the room.

For those attending online, the Akins Room is equipped with hybrid meeting technology including a camera at the back of the room that faces the front plus microphones throughout the room. You will join the conference like any Zoom meeting, but it will run for the entire day. Throughout the conference, you will see what’s happening live in the Akins Room, and you will have a focused view of any presentations that are via Zoom. You will be able to ask presenters’ questions during their sessions in the chat or, when prompted, you can turn on your microphone (and camera) and ask your question verbally. The CNSA Conference Committee will monitor the Zoom feed throughout, so if you have any troubles, someone will be there to assist you.

2022 CNSA Conference Sponsors

Advisory Board of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia