On May 28th 2012, the Progressive Librarians Guild (London) led a mock funeral procession to mourn the death of archival funding in Canada. The funeral protested the cancellation of the National Archives Development Program (NADP), a program which provided support and funding to local, regional, and provincial archives across Canada. The NADP was eliminated earlier this year as a result of the severe funding cuts to Libraries and Archives Canada (LAC).
Taking place at the University of Western Ontario, approximately 20 mourners took part. Participants included archivists from Western Libraries, D.B. Weldon and Taylor Libraries as well as retired Western Libraries staff, and students from Western’s Library Science program. Commencing at the D.B. Weldon Library, a bouquet of roses was laid at the entrance of the Western Libraries Archives. Proceeding to march across the UWO campus, the funeral procession visited the John & Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library, the C.B. Johnson Business Library, the Taylor Science Library, and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies Graduate Resources Centre. At each library, funeral participants discussed the impact of the cuts and distributed information.
- Photos from the UWO Funeral for Archival Funding
- More Photos from the UWO Funeral for Archival Funding
The UWO funeral occurred in solidarity with the Archivists’ On to Ottawa Trek. Inspired by the 1935 “On to Ottawa trek”, archivists protested and called on the government to restore the NADP.
The Progressive Librarians Guild (London) would like to express its sincere thanks to those who participated in the UWO funeral and congratulations to the organizers of the Archivists’ On to Ottawa Trek.
The Progressive Librarians Guild (London) further calls on all archivists, information professionals, and concerned Canadians to make their voices heard and call for the restoration of archival funding. We encourage you to add your name to the growing petition at Change.org and to support the Save Libraries and Archives Canada campaign.
- Petition to Help save Canada’s National Archival Development Program.
- Save Libraries and Archives Canada Campaign