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ACCI flows from the knowledge that Cree culture must be captured, maintained, shared, celebrated, and practiced. Cree Elders have spoken of the need for a central place for the protection of the way, and have developed a vision for Aanischaaukamikw over several decades.

Oct 1, 2013

Preservation Workshop

On September 17th and 18th ACCI held a Preservation Workshop in partnership with the Centre de Conservation du Quebec (CCQ) .  The workshop was the “final” phase of the Outreach Project started in October 2012.  The project’s main objective was to survey all collections in the Cree communities and to offer preservation advice supporting the work of Eeyou Istchee cultural centers.
France Rémillard and Marie Trottier conservators from CCQ came to Aanischaaukamikw to present the workshop and teach basic preservation techniques to our participants and staff. The participants came from Chisasibi, Wemindji and Waswanipi to learn and share their knowledge about their collections. 

Madame Rémillard presenting storage techniques

Our presenters used ACCI to demonstrate preservation techniques and to give the participants a more meaningful experience. Participants saw how ACCI houses its collections; from rolling maps to taking books from shelves, they learned and refreshed their skills. Participants also handled and tested archival quality materials and learned what can be safely used around collections (http://preservart.ccq.mcccf.gouv.qc.ca). 


Madame Trottier showing techniques on how to handle fragile books

Presentation of archival quality materials and tests

They were exposed to all agents of deterioration and learned how important is to prevent their action. I am sure they are now experts on light damage, the importance of environmental control and the use of safe materials. Look at them learning how to use and calibrate a hygrothermograph!! So much fun!

Participants learning how to use hygrothermograph

Participants learning how to calibrate read humidity using dry and wet bulb technique

The participants had lots of hands-on activities and learned how to make basic tools and simple frames to store photographs avoiding unnecessary handling. They visited our facilities (top to bottom) and by the end of the workshop they were giving their ideas on what could be improved at our institute; what a great group we had here! 

Hands-on activities

Visiting Collections Department and looking at some of our collections

If you think we only worked during these two days, you are wrong!! We had fresh smoked fish and goose as part of a project developed by the Educational Department, plus two great lunches with lots of moose meat! But more important than the fun we had, was the establishment of a Preservation Network between ACCI and the participants’ communities. It was the beginning of a great partnership intended to preserve and protect the Cree culture to the future generations.
In name of ACCI I would like to thank CCQ for partaking on this project, especially Mesdames Rémillard and Trottier for delivering and adapting the workshop to our needs, ACCI staff for supporting the project, CRA for all the help and financial support, and most important to the Chisasibi, Waswanipi and Wemindji communities for sending your cultural workers and for believing in this project. Let’s keep up the good work!

Written by Marina Piza, Coordinator of Collections and Exhibits