Library and Archives Canada's Guiding Principles to Reconciliation and Indigenous Rights

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) delivers programs and projects related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation experiences, including the Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives. With a focus on reconciliation and the recognition of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation rights, LAC aims to apply its Indigenous-related programs and projects under a common set of principles and practices.

  • 1. Flexible

    LAC acknowledges the unique rights, interests and circumstances of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation. Based on this distinctions-based approach, LAC adapts services to make information accessible in a timely, culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.  

  • 2. Collaborative

    LAC works with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities and governments to preserve Indigenous content in LAC's collection. LAC collaborates with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities and governments to build their archival and library capacity.

  • 3. Transparent

    LAC develops clear and measurable deliverables in consultation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation partners. LAC presents plans and results to stakeholders, advisory committees and the public.

  • 4. Respectful

    LAC understands and respects the cultural protocols and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation. LAC engages with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation on policies and program that affect their lives or communities and acts on the feedback received.

  • 5. Accessible

    LAC digitizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation-related content to increase access to these collections. LAC explores various tools to ensure that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation can access the collection from communities across Canada.

  • 6. Informed

    LAC employees have access to training and programs, developed with Indigenous partners to build awareness and education about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation experiences.

  • 7. Networked

    LAC collaborates with other memory institutions to share knowledge and resources. LAC continues to seek new collaborations with Indigenous-led memory and cultural institutions at national, regional and local levels.

  • 8. Sustainable

    LAC abides to these principles through program funding, continuous learning, transparent reporting, and ongoing engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities and governments.

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