Ottawa, June 25, 2013
The Honourable James Moore, M.P.
Minister of Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
Dear Mr. Moore:
The Canadian Historical Association read with great interest the recent news report that you are considering asking the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada, when appointed, that the National Archival Development program be revived. We welcome this news and wish to encourage you to restore the necessary funding to Library and Archives Canada as soon as possible to enable this program to again provide essential services to Canada's communities.
With an annual appropriation of 1.7 million dollars, the Canadian Council of Archives effectively administered the NADP program which distributed the funds to 13 archives councils in the Canada's provinces and territories. Through this efficient, decentralized program, a wide range of professional archival services were delivered to Canada's regions, ensuring that Canada’s history is preserved in local communities. Canada’s archival councils have focussed on providing user-centred services, and support to archives and archivists so that they may better serve all Canadians.
As well, we wish to encourage you to restore the necessary funding and ask Library and Archives Canada to revive its valuable Inter-Library Loan Program, which was also cut by the administration of Dr. Daniel Caron in 2012. The I.L.L. program has been an essential support to the research, writing and publication in Canadian history across Canada. While its elimination has impaired historical practice in all regions, its elimination particularly placed researchers living outside central Canada at a great disadvantage. Canadians should not have to live within the National Capital Region in order to be able to use the archival and book materials of Canada's national library and archives, or to be able to write the history of Canada.
We urge you and Library and Archives Canada to restore these two essential programs for archival and historical practice as soon as possible, and look forward to your reply.
Canadian Historical Association
Minister Moore's Response - July 10, 2013
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