Petition to Help save Canada’s National Archival Development Program.

Petition to Help save Canada’s National Archival Development Program.

The petition states:

On April 30, 2012 Library and Archives Canada (LAC) eliminated the National Archival Development Program (NADP), a $1.7 million contribution program administered by the not-for-profit Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) and distributed to Canada’s 13 archives councils to support archival activities locally. Through the councils, NADP funding is on the ground across the country ensuring that Canada’s documentary heritage is both preserved in local communities and made available to the broader researching public.

We believe that the elimination of this Program puts LAC in contravention of the Library and Archives of Canada Act which empowers and obliges the LAC to “7(f) to support the development of the library and archival communities”, as well as compromising the role of the Librarian and Archivist of Canada to “8 (i) provide professional, technical and financial support to those involved in the preservation and promotion of the documentary heritage and in providing access to it.”

The outright elimination of this funding will dramatically affect the archival community in Canada, in particular small and medium sized archives which rely on this funding to make information accessible to their local communities and beyond.

We call upon the Honourable Minister James Moore to reverse this decision now.

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