University of Toronto: Student project creates accessible database of Canada’s first newspapers

University of Toronto: Student project creates accessible database of Canada’s first newspapers. “Led by Sébastien Drouin, an associate professor in the department of language studies at U of T Scarborough, the bilingual project, ‘Early Modern Canadian Newspapers Online’ is a collection of newspapers from the second half of the eighteenth century – from 1752 to 1810 – printed in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Québec and Ontario.”

Triumph and frustration: Database documents the history of Canadian women film directors (University of Toronto)

University of Toronto: Triumph and frustration: Database documents the history of Canadian women film directors. “Until recently, few resources existed to tell the story of Canadian women who make movies – and those that did exist were hard to find. Margaret Fulford, a librarian at the University of Toronto’s University College, set out to correct that. A lifelong film buff and feminist, Fulford was inspired to create such a resource after attending a 1980s festival showcasing women’s films. Much later, she decided to devote her first year-long research leave to create a database of Canadian women filmmakers.”

Archdiocese of Toronto: New Digital Archive Highlights Parish Histories

Archdiocese of Toronto: New Digital Archive Highlights Parish Histories. “ARCAT Online is a digital collection portal that provides access to our pre-1910 historical parish registers. It will also showcase some of the unique artifacts and other materials in ARCAT’s collections. The registers you will find here include records from parishes within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Toronto: the City of Toronto; the regional municipalities of Peel, York and Durham; and Simcoe County. The burial registers for St. Paul’s Basilica, as well as St. Michael’s cemetery up to 1910, can also be found on the site.”

CBC: Researcher hopes trove of rare residential school photos can help identify missing children

CBC: Researcher hopes trove of rare residential school photos can help identify missing children. “About 1,000 black-and-white photos from the early days of Canada’s residential school system have been discovered in the archives of a Roman Catholic order in Rome…. The [National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation] is hoping to identify as many of the children in the photos as possible by digitizing the images and sharing them with Indigenous communities.”

Local Journalism Initiative: Online project explores Indigenous tuberculosis history

Local Journalism Initiative: Online project explores Indigenous tuberculosis history. “The website, which launched on June 21 — National Indigenous Peoples Day — features the histories of tuberculosis sanatoriums and Indian hospitals in Manitoba, a searchable database of photos of Indigenous patients and staff and digitized and searchable historical publications from the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba.”

Government of Northwest Territories: NWT Archives launches 13,000 photographs by Bern Will Brown

Government of Northwest Territories, Canada: NWT Archives launches 13,000 photographs by Bern Will Brown. “The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is pleased to announce the public launch of more than 13,000 photographs by Bern Will Brown. The Northwest Territories (NWT) Archives collection consists of pictures showing northern life through Brown’s lens over decades of living in and travelling the territory.”

Toronto Metropolitan University: Choose your own adventure game takes users into the lives of Indigenous youth

Toronto Metropolitan University: Choose your own adventure game takes users into the lives of Indigenous youth. “Developed by a team of Indigenous staff and students, In Their Moccasins is a digital tool designed for non-Indigenous faculty, administrative staff, and students at post-secondary institutions to learn about the lived experiences of Indigenous students.”

Globe and Mail: Introducing the Black Fashion Canada Database

Globe and Mail: Introducing the Black Fashion Canada Database. “Launched this week, [the site] hosts a profile of each individual, breaking down their early life and career and how they broke barriers in the fashion world. [Charmaine] Gooden and her team have prepared stories on legendary Black models, actors and performers from across Canada, including Hondo Flemming, Linda Carter, Denise McLeod and Ethne Grimes de Viennes, many of whom are alive and agreed to be interviewed for the series.”

Wilson Center: Canada, a Country Without a History?

Wilson Center: Canada, a Country Without a History?. “Stacks of archival records from the Cold War remain inaccessible at Library and Archives Canada. Take, as just one example, this run of folders on the Bandung Conference of Afro-Asian states, starting with the first one in 1955. Open the tabs in the online catalogue and there’s a list of 32s. In other words, even though it’s been 67 years since the first conference, we still can’t see Canadian assessments regarding how and why this gathering might have mattered from Ottawa’s vantage point. By the time we are into records from the 1970s and 1980s, the situation is far worse.”

Canada NewsWire: Government of Canada invests in over 800 projects to advance social sciences and humanities research (PRESS RELEASE)

Canada NewsWire: Government of Canada invests in over 800 projects to advance social sciences and humanities research (PRESS RELEASE). “Projects will explore a range of topics, including inclusive policing, the transition to a sustainable economy, First Nations self-determination, and achieving Canada’s net-zero emissions target. Other funded projects will examine motor skill intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder, domestic violence prevention, and partnerships to prevent and end homelessness.”

CBC: N.W.T. museum digitizes hundreds of fine art pieces in new online collection

CBC: N.W.T. museum digitizes hundreds of fine art pieces in new online collection. “The Northwest Territories’ Prince of Wales Heritage Centre is making hundreds of its fine art items searchable online, something museum curatorial assistant Ryan Silke says will bring one of the biggest collections of northern sculptures, paintings, prints and textiles to users without leaving their home.”

University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada

University of Toronto: Researchers collect personal stories from coast to coast to illuminate the history of Muslims in Canada. “As an archivist on the Muslims in Canada Archives (MiCA) project, Moska Rokay doesn’t just preserve the past – she unearths it. Rokay, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s master of information program in the Faculty of Information, speaks to Canadians across the country to collect stories, documents and images that bring the rich history of Muslims in Canada to life.”

University College of the North: University College of the North Library Completes ‘Elder’s Traditional Knowledge’ Archive

University College of the North (link to a PDF): University College of the North Library Completes ‘Elder’s Traditional Knowledge’ Archive. “The University College of the North (UCN) Wellington & Madeleine Spence Memorial Library at the Thompson campus completed a 16‐week long digitization project to create an online archive titled Elder’s Traditional Knowledge. The project in partnership with the Keewatin Tribal Council was made possible through the Libraries and Archives Canada’s funding Listen, Hear Our Voices. The initiative preserves valuable audio and video recordings that reflect Northern Manitoba’s Indigenous culture, heritage, and language.”

Access-to-info system at Library and Archives Canada in ‘bleak state’: watchdog (The Canadian Press)

The Canadian Press: Access-to-info system at Library and Archives Canada in ‘bleak state’: watchdog. “Library and Archives Canada is frequently failing to answer formal requests for historical records in a timely way, says a new report from the federal information watchdog that calls on the Liberal government to make fundamental changes. The special report by information commissioner Caroline Maynard, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, says almost 80 per cent of the requests processed by the national archives did not meet time-frames set out in the Access to Information Act.”

CBC: Photographer digitizes hundreds of never-seen images of Inuit communities

CBC: Photographer digitizes hundreds of never-seen images of Inuit communities. “Photographer Jake Ootes is looking to connect Nunavummiut with more than 300 images he took while on tours with former [Northwest Territories] commissioner Stuart Hodgson between 1960 and the 1980s…. In 1964, with a 35 mm Pentax SLR in tow, Ootes had traveled to every Nunavut community with the territorial government as part of his work to spread information about government programs.”