Fort Garry Lectures, 2015

Birds are chirping, the sun’s out more than it’s not, and students are (for reasons obvious) enjoying neither of these things. It must be time for the FGL.

Details below – these talks are always worth the time spent indoors.

Fort Garry Lecture- Programme 1


AMA Outreach Event!

Archival Outreach & Collaboration: Sharing Stories of our Successes and Challenges” – An Evening of Conversation for Local Archivists


Tuesday April 14th @ 7-9pm

Folio Café – 2299 Grant Avenue

Canadian Mennonite University Campus




Michelle Rydz & James Gorton – Hudson Bay Company Archives (HBCA)

Michelle has been an archivist at HBCA for the past 7 ½ years. She is a graduate of the U of M Archival Studies Program. Like Michelle, James has been an archivist at HBCA for the past 7 ½ years. He has a MA in history and a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. For the past year, James and Michelle have been co-leads of HBCA’s Aboriginal Peoples and Remote Communities Initiative.  The goal of this initiative is to coordinate HBCA’s acquisition, description, digitization and outreach activities relating to Canada’s remote communities and Aboriginal Peoples.


Conrad Stoesz – Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC)

Conrad has been the archivist at the MHC Archives and the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies since 1999. Over the past 2 years, Conrad chaired the committee that oversaw the development of a photo database using AtoM to serve 7 Mennonite archival partners in Canada. Without the partnership and collaboration of partners, the $26,000 development cost and the projected $3,000 annual costs would have been too large to carry for any one partner.  The website is  


You don’t have to be an AMA member to get your free snack & caffeine fix! FREE Coffee & Cookies. All Community Members Welcome. Kid Friendly Event.


Please RSVP by Friday, April 10th to Kathy Kushpel at:


Questions? Email Sarah Story (Info. & Outreach Committee Member) at

Internship Spotlight #2

Jessica Nichol highlights her time spent working at LAC in our second spotlight on University of Manitoba Archival Studies internships internships. Enjoy!

I have procrastinated writing this blog post for months because how can one paragraph ever describe an entire summer internship at Library and Archives Canada?! Little moments like finding a birchbark letter dating back to the 1700s will be neglected, alongside the minute details of larger projects. I was officially employed in the Aboriginal and Social Affairs section, which was as incredible of an opportunity as it sounds. I was able to work on projects like drafting a LGBT acquisition strategy, audiovisual processing of the Frontier College fonds, an intellectual arrangement project for the Physical and Health Canada fonds, accessioning government records and beginning to develop a new disposition authority. As a co-op student at LAC, I had other fringe benefits like general training opportunities, the tours arranged for us throughout the National Capital Region, and of course meeting mentors and other archival nerds outside of the University of Manitoba.