Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML) responds to recent North American acts of racism and xenophobia.

In light of recent events on both sides of the Canada-United States border, the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (CAML) confirms its commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom.

The January 29, 2017, attack on Quebec City’s Centre culturel islamique challenges our perception of Canada as a safe, multicultural society that welcomes peoples of all faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds. CAML joins other academic societies and, indeed, all Canadians in extending condolences to the victims of this senseless attack, their families, friends, and community.

In the same spirit, CAML condemns the Executive Order issued by United States President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017, which temporarily bans entry into the country by travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. Librarians and archivists uphold the creation of knowledge through free scholarly investigation and debate. As an association of information specialists, CAML opposes any act that violates its members’ professional values. Already President Trump’s Executive Order has disrupted the work of scholars around the world. One can imagine the chilling effect the murders in Quebec City may have on Muslim, and other minority groups’, participation in Canada’s civil and intellectual life.

Furthermore, as one of many national branches of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML), CAML values the insight and community found in open global dialogue. We look forward to meeting with our colleagues later this month at the first Pan-American Regional IAML meeting – co-organized with the US Music Library Association (MLA) – in Orlando, Florida.

We hope all who have registered will be allowed to attend. Music is an art that is said to transcend all barriers. These two deplorable acts create barriers, psychological and physical, to the open, free, and equal participation in civil society, including the pursuit of knowledge. CAML declares its support for an open, global knowledge community free of prejudice, discrimination, and violence. We call on governments to protect these principles. Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres: https://caml-acbm.org/ See IAML statement', '', 'filtered_html'),

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