Notre mémoire et nos droits
Archives, the sum of the documents created in the routine course of activities, are sources of memory, information and action. They play an essential role in the development of society. Archives are a unique, precious and irreplaceable heritage transmitted from generation to generation, contributing to transparent administration, the formation of our collective identity, and the growth of knowledge. Thus, they promote democracy and enhance our quality of life.
It is incumbent upon society as a whole to foster archives through public policies, a legal framework, and human, financial and material resources, as well as through the use of technology to support archival development. It is also incumbent upon society to continue to add to this heritage with documents expressing its aspirations, its debates and its achievements.
In their pursuit of the recognition of this collective responsibility, archivists and information specialists undertake, with the support of their fellow citizens, to use their expertise to serve society by managing, conserving and providing access to the archives that are entrusted to them.
each according to his or her competence, in order that
In this way, we will contribute to the progress of our society.
11 January 2006
Sign the Declaration (in french only)
Conception et réalisation : Comité de promotion de la Déclaration québécoise sur les archives
Mise à jour le : 18 août 2008