Released on January 31, 2014
The Government of Saskatchewan announced today the celebration of Archives Week from February 2 to 8, 2014. The Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA) will be hosting a week-long series of events around the province in honour of our heritage and the work that has gone into the preservation of that heritage.
“Saskatchewan has a rich history and we owe credit to those in the archival community for helping to document and preserve that history for future generations,” Central Services Minister Nancy Heppner said. “I am pleased to proclaim Archives Week to recognize the important contribution archives make to the province’s culture.”
As part of her Central Services portfolio, Minister Heppner is responsible for the Saskatchewan Archives Board. Saskatchewan’s archival repositories contain unique records that preserve our province’s identity by documenting both the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of our past. The memories of Saskatchewan's many achievements are well documented by its archival record.
“Historical texts, photographs, electronic records, films, audio recordings and other archival material have been key resources in the telling of our story,” SCAA President Cheryl Avery said. “Ensuring this record is preserved and accessible is the responsibility of archivists across the province, and this week is dedicated to celebrating their work and the unique and irreplaceable evidence of our shared history and culture.”
Archives Week is celebrated the first full week each February in honour of Edmund Oliver. Born February 8, 1881, Oliver was the first professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan and is regarded as the founder of a meaningful archival collection for the province. Archives Week has been celebrated since February 2006, and has become an annual event to recognize the provincial archival community’s efforts to preserve and celebrate the province’s history.
Events will be held across the province and will include open house evenings at various institutions around the province, exhibits and workshops, celebrity reading events and film nights featuring productions from the provincial archives. For a complete listing of events, please visit www.scaa.sk.ca.
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