Statement on problematic content and descriptions in Canadiana
The Canadiana Collections contain content created over five centuries that tell an incomplete, oftentimes distorted and, sometimes harmful, story of Canada. The content, metadata, and resource descriptions in the Canadiana Collections contain language that reflects the biases, norms, and perspectives of the time in which they were created. This includes harmful and offensive wording, cultural references, and stereotypes. In order to accurately reflect the attitudes and viewpoints of the time in which these historical records were created, objects in the Canadiana collections are unchanged. In recognition of the harmful or painful impact of language and images, CRKN staff are actively committed to:
- support and actively participate in efforts to update and change international standards for descriptions to ensure that descriptions are inclusive, respectful, and do not cause harm
- replace inappropriate language in the metadata and resource descriptions introduced during legacy cataloguing practices
This is an ongoing process.
If you see records with inappropriate language or content that you think CRKN should review, please fill out our Review Submission Form.