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Statements and Commitments from the Canadian Library and GLAM Community On Racism, Injustice, and Violence

Statements and Commitments from the Canadian Library and GLAM Community On Racism, Injustice, and Violence

June 5, 2020

Updated: September 16, 2021

A listing of statements and commitments made by the Canadian library, archives, and museum community on racism, injustice, and violence.

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ARMA Canada Region

Statement on Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2020 – In light of recent world events that have brought attention to racism against Black and Indigenous people, ARMA Canada stands in solidarity with those who have taken to the streets in protest of systemic and institutional racism that is pervasive in our culture.


Archives Association of Ontario (AAO)


Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)

Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)

Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires (APSDS)

BC Libraries Cooperative

BC Libraries Cooperative Statement on Anti-racism

Black Lives Matter

The BC Libraries Cooperative condemns racism and violence against Black people and all people of colour.

Through our mandate of helping libraries help people, we look to the value of Social Responsibility from the Core Values of Librarianship. As a Cooperative, we are guided by the 7 principles of cooperatives and look to principle 7, concern for community. These values and principles compel us to act.

It is our individual and collective responsibility to ensure that systemic state violence and anti-Black racism are eradicated. We don’t claim to have the answers for how best to address systemic racism in Canada, but we are listening and learning to identify the work that we need to do as an organization, as a Cooperative and as a member of the broader library community.

The BC Libraries Cooperative encourages our members to stand against racism and we will work with others in our sector to address systemic racism. We also encourage all Cooperatives and their members to take action.

June 5, 2020


British Columbia Library Association (BCLA)

Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL)

Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA)

Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA)

Canadian Museums Association (CMA)

Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC)

Concordia University Library

Fédération des milieux documentaires (FMD)

Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL)

Jewish Public Library (Montreal)

Library Association of Alberta (LAA)

Manitoba Library Association (MLA)

Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA)

Ontario Library Association (OLA)

Ontario Museum Association (OMA)

Ottawa Public Library

Prince George Public Library

Saskatchewan Health Libraries Association (SHLA)

Saskatchewan Library Association (SLA)

Simon Fraser University Library

Toronto Public Library

Twice Upon a Time

Université de Montréal, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information

University of Alberta, School of Library and Information Studies

University of British Columbia, School of Information

University of Toronto, Faculty of Information

University of Toronto, Masters of Museum Studies Student Association (MUSSA)

Urban Libraries Council (ULC)

  • Statement on the Role of Libraries in Dismantling Systemic Racism (June 1, 2020)
    • The following Canadian libraries have signed on to the statement:
      • Brampton Library
      • Calgary Public Library
      • Edmonton Public Library
      • Hamilton Public Library
      • Kitchener Public Library
      • Markham Public Library
      • Milton Public Library
      • Mississauga Library
      • Ottawa Public Library
      • Surrey Libraries
      • Toronto Public Library

Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC)

Western University, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

US and International Library Statements

American Library Association (ALA)

ARMA International

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)

Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)

Black Caucus of The American Library Association (BCALA)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Music Library Association


Society of American Archivists (SAA)

Special Libraries Association (SLA)

Urban Libraries Council (ULC)

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