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Advocacy Issues

As the leading scholarly organization of historians in Canada, the Canadian Historical Association assumes an advocacy role regarding issues of concern to its members and other practitioners interested in advancing the discipline of history in Canada.

To this end, the CHA fosters the study of history by encouraging the accessibility and delivery of funding programs and research services to historians; provides guidance to historians on best practices in scholarship and teaching; supports the human rights of historians; and encourages the diversity of both the practitioners and the subject matter of historical studies in Canada. It intervenes publicly on matters of professional interest to its members.

February 16, 2017
The CHA deplores the American ban on immigrants...More 

 

February 6, 2017
The CHA Endorses AHA Statement on Travel Ban...More

 

December 6, 2016
The new concentration camps in Poland law...More

 

July 22, 2016
The Political Purges in Turkey and the CHA... More

 

June 30, 2016
Acces to Information Act - The CHA demands immediate action...More

 

June 30, 2016
The CHA urges the government to amend Bill C-51...More

 

January 26, 2016
The CHA and IHAF write to the new Canadian Heritage Minister Joly... More

 

January 13, 2016
The CHA writes to the new Foreign Affairs Minister, Stéphane Dion... More

 

January 11, 2016
The CHA and Access to Information
Letter to the Minister responsible... More

 

October 12, 2015
The CHA and Bill C-59
Letter to the Information Commissioner...More

 

October 2, 2015
Op-Ed from the CHA President
Knowledge Matters... More

 

 

July 30, 2015
The historical and archaeological Le Ber site
The CHA and the IHAF support...More

 

July 14, 2015
The National Film Board Archival Practices
The CHA and the FSAC write to... More

 

March 18, 2015
The Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom
The CHA expresses its deep concern...More

 

January 7, 2015
The long-form census
The CHA President supports the private member’s bill to restore the mandatory long-form census...More

 

December 18, 2014
The CHA and Wilfrid Laurier University Press
The CHA supports WLUP...More

 

December 9 & 10, 2014
The CHA and LAC

Library and Archives Canada holds its Stakeholders Forum meeting...More

 

December 4, 2014

The Champlain Bridge
Dominique Marshall and Martin Paquet expressed their concerns...More

 

Ottawa, July 28, 2014
Cuts to Parks Canada
The CHA expresses it concerns to Minister Aglukkaq and Parks Canada's CEO

 

 

June 27, 2014
The CHA asks that the peer-review system be reestablished at LAC
In a latter addressed to Ms. Cecilia Muir...More

 

June 27, 2014
The Advisory Committees for Canada Hall

Dominique Marshall is pleased to know that...More

 

June 23, 2014
The CHA sends a thank you note to Mark O'Neill

The CHA President, Dominique Marshall, wrote to the Director and CEO...More

 

June 20, 2014
The Canadian Archives Summit

Following the Summit, LAC engaged Newgrange Strategies and Conversations, and the Canadian Council of Archives... More

 

The CHA expresses its concerns to President Putin regarding the “anti-gay propaganda” legislation in Russia
Ottawa, January 15, 2014
Mr. Vladimir Putin
President of Russia
23, Ilyinka Street, 
Moscow, 103132, Russia
Dear President Putin:..More

 

The CHA questions LAC on the disposal of electronic communications at the PMO (December 20, 2013)
Mr. Déry's Response - (December 24, 2013)
Main Advocacy Interventions by the CHA, AAQ and ACA on LAC (December 16, 2013)
The CHA writes to the Acting Librarian and Archivist of Canada on WoSA (December 12, 2013)

 

The CHA President comments on the Tri-Council policy on Open Access
Ottawa, December 11, 2013
Consultation on the Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy
To Whom it may concern,
Thank you for asking us for our feedback on the the Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Policy.  The
CHA is closely following the speedy developments on open access...More

 

The CHA President addresses the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology
04-Dec-13
Dominique Marshall was asked to comment at the second reading of the Bill C-7 Bill to Amend the Museum Act on December 4, 2013...More

 

Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5 Dear Minister Glover,I would like, on behalf of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), to congratulate you on your appointment as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. We wish you the best of success in your new role ...More

 

Letter to Minister James Moore on the NADP
Ottawa, June 25, 2013
The Honourable James Moore, M.P.

15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5  Dear Mr. Moore:The Canadian Historical Association read with great interest the recent news rep...More

 

Joint Statement on Qualities of a Successful Librarian and Archivist of Canada
A new Librarian and Archivist of Canada will be appointed in the near future. The Librarian and Archivist of Canada will be selected to carry out the legal obligations and responsibilities as outlined in the Library and ...More

 

The CHA writes to Minister James Moore on the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada
May 17, 2013 Letter Reply by the new Canadian Heritage Minister, Shelly Glover - August 21, 2013...More

 

May 10, 2013 - Canadian Historical Association expresses concern, insists on professionalization of Commons Committee’s review of Canadian History
Press Release from the CHA President Lyle Dick on the thorough and comprehensive review of significant aspects in Canadian history by the Committee ...More

 

May 6, 2013 - The CHA, CAA and the CAS write to the Canadian Museum of Civilization
The three associations express their serious concern regarding the lack of extensive or systematic engagement of the professional community of historians, anthropologists, and archaeologists in the CMC's planning for the...More

 

The CHA President writes to Dr. Daniel Caron regarding LAC'S new Code of Conduct
Ottawa, March 21, 2013
Dr. Daniel Caron
Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Office of the Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
550 de la Cité Blvd
Gatineau, Quebec ...More

 

The CHA President writes to the President of the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Ottawa, December 3, 2012
Mr. Mark O'Neill
President
Canadian Museum of CivilizationDear Mr. O'Neill:I write on behalf of the Canadian Historical Association, Canada’s leading organization of professional historians with m...More

 

The CHA expresses its serious concerns regarding the recent cancellation of the peers system of merit review and promotion for staff archivists at Library and Archives Canada
Ottawa, November 29, 2012
Dr. Daniel Caron
Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Office of the Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
550 de la Cité Blvd
Gatineau, Queb...More

 

CHA Archives Chair's letter to Dr. Caron at LAC

Ottawa, October 10, 2012
Dr. Daniel Caron
Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Office of the Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
550 de la Cité Blvd
Canada Dear Dr. Caron,Thank you for your letter of ...More

 

CHA President writes to PM Harper in opposition to the cuts made to Parcs Canada and Library and Archives Canada
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Leader of the Government
111 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6 October 3, 2012Dear Mr. Harper:On behalf of the Canadian Historical A...More

 

The CHA and LAC's Stakeholders Forum

Ottawa, August 14, 2012
Dr. Daniel Caron
Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Office of the Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
550 de la Cité Blvd
Canada Dear Dr. Caron, I write regarding the forthco...More

 

CHA Archives Chair's letter to Dr. Caron at LAC
Ottawa, July 11, 2012
Dr. Daniel Caron
Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
Office of the Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada
550 de la Cité Blvd
Canada Dear Dr. Caron, The Canadian Historical Associati...More

 

Letter to Prime Minister Charest on Bill 78
Letter to Prime Minister Charest on Bill 78 June 18, 2012
The Honorable Jean Charest
Prime Minister of Quebec
Édifice Honoré-Mercier

3rd Floor
835, boul. René-Lévesque

Québec (Québec) G1A 1B4Dear Prime Minister,...More

 

The CHA writes to Minister Moore to express its opposition to the budget cuts to LAC
14 May 2012
The Honourable James Moore

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister: The Canadian Historical Association is dismayed to learn of the recent cuts t...More

 

The CHA opposes the cuts made to National Archives Development Program and "Understanding Canada" Program
Dear members of the historical community,The full ramifications of the recent budget are only beginning to be understood but it is clear that in choosing what to fund and what to cut, the Harper government has gone to wa...More

 

The CHA responds to CAUT regarding the Save Library and Archives Canada Campaign
Ottawa, March 26, 2012

Mr. Wayne Peters, President

Mr. James L. Turk, Executive Director
Canadian Association of University Teachers

Dear Sirs:

T...More

 

The CHA opposes the Digital Lock provision in Bill C-11

Ottawa, November 22, 2011

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

Dear Prime Minister Harper:I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Historical Association, the professional associatio...More

 

The CHA opposes the destruction of Long Gun Registry Records

November 22, 2011

The Honourable Vic Toews

Minister of Public Safety

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6Dear Minister Toews,On behalf of the Canadian Historical Association, I would like to communicate our disagreem...More

 

The Canadian Historical Association welcomes the Superme Court Ruling in the Tommy Douglas Case
A legal challenge by reporter Jim Bronskill, supported by an affidavit submitted, http://www.cha-shc.ca/en/Advocacy_51/items/20.html, by a member and past president of the CHA, Craig Heron, receives a favorable decision ...More

 

CHA and Governor Walker's action againts Professor Cronon

April 5, 2011

Governor Scott Walker

Office of Governor Scott Walker

115 East Capitol

Madison WI 53702 Dear Governor Walker;The Canadian Historical Association has been watching the actions of the Republican Party of ...More

 

CHA protests Bill to destroy records of the Hungarian communist secret police
March 8, 2011

His Excellency Dr. László Pordány

Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary

299 Waverly Street

Ottawa, ON K2P 0V9 Dear Dr. Pordány:The Canadian Historical Association joins the ranks of historians and archivi...More

 

The CHA and LAC's Modernization

March 2011As you probably know, Library and Archives Canada is currently in the process of a major modernization project affecting all of its programs. Over the last year LAC has posted numerous papers on aspects of this ...More

 

Difficult Access to CBC Archives

Ottawa, March 15 2011

Hubert T. Lacrois

President and CEO

CBC

P.O. Box 3220, Station C

Ottawa, ON K1Y 1E4Dear Mr. Lacroix As President of the Canadian Historical Association I am writing to e...More

 

The CHA's Reponse to LAC’s list of priority actions in connection with your institution’s modernization programme

December 21, 2010

Dr. Daniel Caron

Bibliothèque et archives Canada

395, rue Wellington

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N4

Dear Dr. Caron,

Thank you for your recent letter enclosing LAC’s list of priority actions in connection wit...More

 

The CHA's Response to Library and Archives Canada

CHA's Response to Drs. Piché and Rimmer regarding Library and Archives Canada Modernisation Plan - 29 November 2010...More

 

CHA and the Tommy Douglas Files

Ottawa to release more intelligence files on Tommy Douglas

Thanks to a court challenge by the journalist Jim Bronskill and the filing of an affidavit by CHA member and past president, Craig Heron in support of Bronskil...More

 

Scrapping of the mandatory long census form - CHA's response

The federal government is moving to eliminate the mandatory Canada census long form questionnaire, replacing it with a voluntary survey. The CHA sent the following letter on this issue. The Honourable Tony Clement

Minist...More

 

CHA's response to SSHRC's Renewed Program Architecture

April 9, 2010

Chad Gaffield
President
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
340 Albert Street
P.O. Box 1610
Ottawa, ON
K1P 6G4

Dear Chad, I write on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Hist...More

 

CHA's Comment on New Directions for Library and Archives Canada

The Canadian Historical Association has always maintained a keen interest in the policies and practices of Library and Archives Canada (and its two predecessors, the National Archives of Canada and the National Library o...More

 

January 2010 - Letter to the Chair of the Board of Governors at Glenbow-Alberta Institute

January 6, 2010

Dear Mr. Currie,As President of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), I write to express the Association’s deep concern over the recent decision taken by the Glenbow Alberta-Institute to implement s...More

 

Borrowing Privileges at the University of Toronto

Ottawa, October 2009 OPEN LETTER As President of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), I write to express the Association’s deep concern over the recent decision taken by the University of Toronto to cease offerin...More

 

September 2009 - Submission by the Canadian Historical Association to Industry Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage regarding the 2009 Copyright Consultations

The Canadian Historical Association (CHA) welcomes the opportunity to participate in the copyright consultations.

Founded in 1922, the CHA is a bilingual organization with 1,200 members scattered across Canada, the Unit...More

 

Comments on the Draft of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Research Involving Humans

Ms. Susan Zimmerman, Executive Director
Interagency Secretariat on Research Ethics
350 Albert Street, Ottawa
Canada
K1A 1H5

Dear Ms. Zimmerman,

I am writing to comment on the draft of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Et...More

 

May 2009 - Motion by the CHA membership on the European Framework Decision - Censorship and Xenophobia

The General Members' Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association wishes to register its deep concern over the Council of the European Union’s Framework Decision; specifically the provisions calling for criminal penalt...More

 

Act to Amend the Statistics Act, 2005, and its Implications

In 2005 Parliament passed the Act to Amend the Statistics Act. This legislation represented a major victory for those who had lobbied and campaigned for access the historical census schedules. The Act implemented a major...More

 

Report of the Access to Government Information Services Task Force

The following report was produced by Library and Archives Canada's Access to Government Information Services Task Force in response to the long backlog of requests made under ATIP legislation. The CHA, represented by Rob...More

 

Future Historical Studies of Canada Imperilled by Low Percentage Consenting to Release of Census Data

For historical research on Canada, no single primary source is more important than the Census of Canada. Unfortunately, the returns of the 2006 census are now in and only 56 per cent of respondents consented (by checking...More

 

Bill S-13, 2003

Written Brief and Speaking Notes for presentation to Committee on Social Affairs, Science, and Technology. The Senate of Canada respecting Bill S-13. An Act to amend the Statistic Act.

By Terry Cook

for the Association o...More

 

Bill C-36, 2003

Brief

Submitted to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. The House of Commons, Canada respecting Bill C-36

An Act to establish the Library and Archives of Canada, to amend the Copyright Act and to amend certain Ac...More

 

Lobbying the Federal Government About the Census, Privacy, and Access to Information

The Canadian Historical Association has made representations to the Federal Government about the following issues:CensusFollowing the establishment of the Expert Panel on Access to Historical Census Records early in 2000...More

 

Response to National Archives Staff Digitization Proposals on Behalf of Canadian Historical Association, January 15, 2001

Memorandum prepared by Colin Howell, CHA Council memberIn early December, 2000 the Canadian Historical Association received a letter from Marianne McLean at the National Archives outlining a program to digitize its colle...More

 

The Right to Privacy in the Private Sector

What is at Stake for Historians and Historical ResearchDuring the past year, numerous events have focussed public attention on the right to privacy. Editorials and headlines have paid considerable attention to a Supreme ...More

 

Dr. John English consultations

Canadian Historical Association responseThe Canadian Historical Association [CHA] welcomes the opportunity to participate in the review of the National Archives of Canada [NA] and the National Library of Canada [NLC]. In...More

 

Response of 14 NAC Reference Archivists to CHA brief - English Committee

[The other 85 NAC archivists do not necessarily share this point of view] Ottawa, October 19, 1998

Professor Greg Kealey, President, CHA

Professor Bill Waiser, Chair, Archives Committee, CHA

395 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ...More

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