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Welcome to the SCAA
The mission of the SCAA is:

Through leadership, support, education and promotion, the SCAA fosters the
development, cooperation and advancement of Saskatchewan’s archives and archivists.

The Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists (SCAA) represents the Saskatchewan archival community in the Canadian archival system, and is responsible for developing a cooperative and successful archival network in Saskatchewan, encouraging the establishment of new archives in Saskatchewan, promoting and developing standard archival policies and practices, and promoting public understanding and use of archives and historical resources in Saskatchewan. SCAA adheres to the definitions set forth in the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) Constitutions and Bylaws when determining institutional membership, http://www.cdncouncilarchives.ca/bylaw.html#Anchor-2.1.

Download SCAA's 2016-2019 Strategic Plan here.

The Council offers workshops and other educational programs and an Archival Advisory Service providing advice and assistance to archives; and maintains the Saskatchewan Archival Information Network, a network of information about archival holdings in Saskatchewan, including virtual exhibits, descriptions of archival collections, and a photo database.

For those SCAA members contributing to SAIN, that uses the Access to Memory (AtoM) software, please feel free to watch the AtoM introductory webinar (2015-03-05)

Saskatchewan Youth Heritage Fairs (SYHF)

Regional Youth Heritage Fairs 

Thank you to all who volunteered their time to help judge students from grades 4 - 8 who participated in Regional Heritage Fairs. The SCAA with our friends at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan (PAS) judged for the Archives Award at the  2016 Regional Heritage Fairs. Watch this space for the winners.

  • Saskatoon was held at the Saskatoon Western Development Museum on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28.
Congratulations to Roman L. on winning the Archives Award for the project "From Kamin to Kranse"


  • Moose Jaw was held at the Moose Jaw Western Development Museum on Thursday, April 28.

Congratulations to Stella S. on winning the Archives Award for the project on "Burrowing Owl"

  • Swift Current was held at the Swift Current Museum on Friday, April 29.

Congratulations to Mya B. on winning the Archives Award for the project on "Brown's Family Farm"

  • Regina was held on Friday, May 6 at the Campus Regina Public.

Congratulations to Madison V. on winning the Archives Award for the project "Hungary to Canada"

As none of the Regional Fair Award winners moved on to the 2016 Provincial Heritage Fair that took place at Government House in Regina on Wednesday, May 25. Judges for the Provincial Archives Award were able to select a fitting award winner from those in attendance.

Congratulations to Avery E., from Davidson and the Moose Jaw Region on winning the Archives Award for the project "Spanish Flu"


The SCAA’s new Diversity Initiative

(Fall 2015)

Download and review SCAA's Diversity Plan

In 2014-15, the Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists was chosen as one of five organizations to take part in SaskCulture’s Diversity Pilot Project.  SaskCulture states very clearly in their Strategic Plan that its aim is to ensure that “cultural opportunities are inclusive, responsive and reflective of the changing face of the province”, and the groups that it funds must “…re-assess, re-think and re-vamp to ensure they offer the most inclusive programs and services – engaging increasingly diverse members, participants, volunteers and audiences”.  It was hinted that future funding could be contingent upon adopting these ideals – that got our attention! 

So, to this end, over the past year, members of the SCAA Executive have been meeting with a consultant to, first of all, understand what diversity means to us, and secondly, investigate ways to bring about a more diverse SCAA.  We were advised that SaskCulture was primarily focusing on two groups; First Nations/Metis, as well as new Canadians, but, as we all know, there are many other groups and communities in the province that would be appropriate in any discussion about diversity.

 For more information on the SaskCulture, Strategic Plan, 2015-2019, go to http://www.saskculture.ca/content/generic_atoms/titlefilecaption-files/SaskCulture2015_SP_web.pdf.

In recent years, the Grants component of the SCAA has been very well subscribed, and members have come to rely on these funds for many projects.  This was one area where the Executive felt that the Council could possibly “nudge” our members into coming up with projects that would fall under this diversity umbrella.  We (the executive) discussed how the term diversity applies to archives and our members; we believe that it could apply to both users/researchers, as well as holdings.  Proposals that focused on bringing about greater inclusion in the community, or projects related to individuals or groups that are relevant to those of a diverse culture would be regarded favourably by the Grants Committee.

The idea of diversity and inclusivity is a product of our changing society in Saskatchewan.  The SCAA, in an effort to be relevant and accessible to all the people in the province, is hoping to incorporate these ideals into our day-to-day operations.  Look for future diversity initiatives including training opportunities and workshops to be announced over the coming year. One of our main goals is to bring the history of the province to as many people as possible.  The diversity ideal may be one of our most effective tools to do this.

The SCAA Newsletter
"OUTSIDE the BOX" new issue!

Thanks to the efforts of Editor Stevie Horn, with the help of the SCAA Communications Committee and other contributors, the SCAA is pleased to announce the new issue of the SCAA Newsletter, that is available for  Download here
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Submissions for the SCAA Newsletter "Outside the Box"

The SCAA newsletter is a publication that is sent electronically to the public. Along with messages from the SCAA's executive and profiles of both individual members and institutional members, this newsletter highlights activities and events held by those involved with SCAA, such as, but not limited to, Archives Week, Culture Days, open houses and workshops. 

The Communications Committee of the SCAA is continuing to look for material, from any member archives, be it a profile of a great volunteer, a story of a certain collection in your institution or maybe a project completed by your archives that deals with Saskatchewan history or its promotion. 

Send your submissions to Cameron Hart at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact any of the SCAA executive members.

Library and Archives Canada


On June 12, 2015, LAC announced the implementation of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program which, over the next five years, will provide $1.5 million per year in contributions to support the development of Canada's local archival and library communities by increasing their capacity to preserve, to provide access to, and to promote documentary heritage.

The 12-week application cycle came to a close on September 4, 2015, and on October 29, 2015 136 applications are being reviewed by an External Advisory Committee.

The next funding cycle will open on November 30, 2015, and will close on February 26, 2016. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact program officials with any questions about the application process. 

Canada's Archives: A New Blueprint

On behalf of the Canadian Archival System Working Group, I am pleased to share additional details on the launch of "Canada's Archives: A New Blueprint" which will be held on November 13, 2015. Please find attached an agenda for the day, as well as the strategy document, for your information.

We look forward to seeing those of you who have registered, and we invite all members of the community to follow the day on Twitter using the hashtag #archives2026. Audio will also be made available online after the event.

SCAA's 2015 Volunteer Recognition Award

The SCAA would like to extend congratulations to our first three recipients of the SCAA's Volunteer Recognition Award in 2015 to May P. Chan of the Regina Public Library, Frank Korvemaker, retired from the Saskatchewan Archives Board and The Bushwakker Brewpub. Thank you all for your years service and volunteer support of SCAA and it's events.


Check out our short films
Lives & Letters 
based on archival material of some of our members

 To Robert Gordon
Based on a poem by Louis Riel
Joseph Caldwell: A Curious Friendship

Based on letters from Yorkton pioneer Joseph Caldwell
Edmund Oliver: A Chaplain’s War
Based on letters from professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan, Edmund Oliver.

Alice Rendell: A Prairie Fire
Based on letters from Lloydminster pioneer and Barr Colonist, Alice Rendell


What's New

SCAA Newsletter Outside the Box
The SCAA Newsletter "OUTSIDE the BOX"new issue!

Thanks to the efforts of Editor Stevie Horn, with the help of the SCAA Communications Committee and other contributors, the SCAA is pleased to announce the new issue of the SCAA Newsletter, that is available for download here

If you wish a printed version please feel free to contact scaa@sasktel.net

2016-17 Institutional Grant Program

The Grants Committee wishes to thank all who submitted to the Institutional Grant Program (IGP) with projects for the 2016-17 year. See the Institutional Grants webpage for additional information.