Ottawa, June 20, 2017 – On this National Aboriginal Day, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries welcomes the recent report from the Canadian Federation of Library Associations’ (CFLA) Truth and Reconciliation Committee and endorses in principle the overarching recommendations it makes.
As a member of the CFLA, CARL is pleased to represent the interests of research libraries in advancing applicable Truth and Reconciliation calls to action. The post-secondary education environment, and the research libraries’ roles on campus, can only be enhanced with more attention given, and more respect accorded to the perspectives of indigenous students and faculty, as well as to enhancing research agendas pertaining to Indigenous affairs.
Inclusion and diversity are deeply embedded in CARL’s activities in terms of workforce development strategies as well as the proper management, access and preservation of knowledge, printed materials and artifacts.
As we move forward, CARL will work with its member libraries to explore how we can advance the CFLA Report’s recommendations within the research library context the best way possible.
CARL thanks the CFLA for taking on this important work on behalf of the library community, and we are committed to advancing this conversation with other CFLA members at the Spring 2018 meeting in Regina.
CARL’s members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries and two federal government institutions. Enhancing research and higher education is at the heart of our mission. CARL promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.
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For more information:
University Librarian, Dalhousie University
Executive Director, CARL