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Archives Awareness Week

Archives Awareness Week

Archives Week is our annual celebration to draw public attention to the importance of the province's nearly 200 archival institutions. British Columbia's annual Archives Week takes place the third week in November.

Each year, institutions are encouraged to think of ways that they can celebrate Archives Week in your community. Your activity does not have to be related to the year's chosen theme; the goal is to raise public awareness of the importance of archival records. Plan an event to showcase your archives and raise public awareness. Ideas include: creating an exhibit, organizing an open house, giving tours, offering special workshops or seminars, or writing an article for the local newspaper. If you would like to help with planning Archives Week please contact

What is the role of the Archives Awareness Week Committee?

In 2007 the Archives Week Committee was established with the function to work in cooperation with the Executive committee on initiatives regarding Public Awareness, Advocacy, and Legislation to plan and organize an annual week-long celebration that increases public appreciation and understanding of archives and the archival profession in British Columbia.

The duties and responsibilities of the Archives Week Committee include:

  • To establish and maintain written guidelines for planning and organizing Archives Week celebrations;
  • To communicate the theme and provide ideas to members for planning and organizing Archives Week activities;
  • To design, develop, and maintain a webpage about Archives Week, ensuring that it contains current and relevant information in a timely fashion;
  • To report committee activities to the Executive as required and once a year at the Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in joining the Archives Awareness Week Committee please contact

2024 Archives Awareness Week

Stay tuned for information about upcoming events celebrating BC's Archives Awareness Week, November 17 - 23, 2024.

Past BC Archives Awareness Week Events

2023 Archives Awareness Week: "The Past, Present, and Future of Archives"

The 2023 Archives Awareness Week was held November 12-18, where we explored “The Past, Present, and Future of Archives”. Visit the 2023 Archives Awareness Week page for more information and links to event recordings.

2022 Archives Awareness Week

The 2022 Archives Awareness Week was held November 13-19, 2022 with a week of activities and events focused on the theme of "I'm Still Standing: Archives 2022". Visit the 2022 Archives Awareness Week page for more information.

2021 Archives Awareness Week

AABC Roundtea - Social Media and Archives, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

Join the AABC on Wed, November 17, 2021 for a virtual tea and chat during Archives Awareness Week. We are pleased to be joined by Audrey McKinnon, a former CBC journalist and communications professional; Andréa Tarnawsky, Digital and Outreach Archivist at Simon Fraser University Library Special Collections and with experience using social media and blogging for both the AABC and other organizations; and Alyssa Bruijns, Head Archivist & Collections Manager of the Whistler Museum and Archives.  We will talk about tips and strategies for connecting through different media platforms and how to promote and advocate for archives and the work we do.

Did your miss our Roundtea? The recording is now available.

2020 Archives Awareness Week

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of BC’s Archives Awareness Week, November 16-20, 2020, and the 30th anniversary of the Archives Association of British Columbia, the AABC developed a week of activities and events focused on the theme of "Archival Activism". Visit the 2020 Archives Awareness Week website.

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The Archives Association of British Columbia acknowledges that it carries out its work on the land of Indigenous nations throughout British Columbia. We are grateful for the continuing relationships with Indigenous people in B.C. that develop through our work together.  

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