International Archives Week

This year 2022 is the scene of the 4th edition of the International Archives Week. Under the theme “WeAreTheArchives,” an invitation is extended to all archival professionals and those in records management to a virtual conversation “using these hashtags (#WeAreTheArchives and #IAW2022) to talk about what it means to be an archivist and what archival records really reflect: stories.”

As part of the ICA’s social media campaign with hashtags, participants can download several tools in the form of quote cards, videos, banners and custom posters to explain why #WeAreTheArchives! Webinars are also scheduled throughout the week to discuss the role of archives, memory, silences and absences in archives, stigma against the profession and more.

Within the framework of this week, the International Archives Day is also held on June 9, highlighted since 2009. This day aims to draw the public’s attention to the importance of archives, the benefits of good archiving to establish quality governance and the need for long-term preservation and easy access to archives.

In the world of the SNJM, the interest of the nuns in preserving the documentary heritage must be emphasized, and this has been the case since the beginning of the congregation’s foundation. Thanks to them and to past and present Leadership Teams, the archives of the congregation are rich and continue to grow. Archival and leadership teams from all eras have developed resources to conserve, process, preserve and make accessible the general and provincial archives.

At the Mother House, as in the convents of the community, there was often a room dedicated to the conservation of the archives, adjacent to the office of the superior. And what about the installations and equipment acquired when the archives were relocated to the Congregational House? The general archives as well as those of the Quebec provinces and missions are preserved there in optimal conditions.

Today, despite the winds of change, one fact remains: archival work and the dissemination of the SNJM’s heritage and charisma will be done differently in the future, but will continue.