The Truth About Archives


Dates: May 4 - 7, 2016

Location: Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre, Canmore, Alberta
Keynote Speaker: Greg Bak, Master's Program in Archival Studies, Department of History, University of Manitoba


History, and by extension the archival endeavour, is rarely as straightforward as it seems. Deliberately or not, archivists construct historical narratives when they build collections, connect information, and provide access. Archivists’ decisions, practices, and even mandates are ethical issues as archivists shape how archival materials are perceived and determine which records are collected. The activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with Thomas King’s book, “The Truth About Stories,” have inspired the 2016 ASA Conference.

The conference wishes to explore how seemingly innocuous archival decisions can create challenges in revealing stories that have been ignored, underrepresented or buried. The conference hopes to examine how archives and archivists shape historical narratives and how archival work affects the “truth.” We are interested in how archives, archivists, and other stakeholders in historical research approach the idea of “truth” in archival records, in how records are used, why they are used, how they are organized, and how this can help to create, distort, or correct historical narratives.

For detailed program information, please see our 2016 Conference Program.

To register for the ASA 2016 Conference, and/or the CCI workshop Care of Photographic Materials, please fill in our REGISTRATION FORM. Registration may be e-mailed to ASA at or mailed to the ASA office at 407-10408 124 St NW, Edmonton AB T5N 1R5 or faxed to 780-425-1679.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please e-mail Ericka at




ASA 2016 Conference: The Truth About Archives Call for Proposals

How to Book your Hotel Room

Coast Canmore Hotel

511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB T1W 1N7

There are two ways to book your room:

The booking link to book rooms online is
Guests may also choose to call in and make reservations. Please call 1-800-716-6199 and tell them you are looking to book a room under the group name “Archives Society of Alberta” or use our group code: CCM-GFC1573.

The group discounted rate will be given if booked under the correct group name. The rooms that have been set aside are comfort rooms with 2 queen size beds and guests can book other rooms at higher rates dependent on availability. Rates are available until April 2nd, 2016. The rates are available 3 days prior and post block dates of the conference and based on availability.


The Coast Canmore Hotel is fortunate to have 2 airport shuttles stop. This service is not associated with the hotel, however can be very convenient for guests travelling to and from the Calgary airport.

1) The Banff Airporter comes directly to and from the airport and drops off/picks up directly at the front door of our hotel. Their contact info is 1- 888-449-2901 and

2) The Brewster bus also provides transportation to/from the airport and our hotel front doors. Their number: 1-866-606-6700.

Of course, there are lots of rental cars at the Calgary airport, and there is an enterprise car rental across the street from the hotel.