I am an archivist, writer, and educator based in Toronto, Canada. In 2023, I was honoured with the New Professional Award and Ancestry Award from the Association of Canadian Archivists. My work and research interests are grounded in an ethics of care for the preservation of Black cultural heritage and anti-Black archival materials. My work centers Black being and belonging in the archives to support collective healing and liberation movements. 

I am the author of “Archiving Hate: Racist Materials in Archives.” This post has been referenced by collecting institutions in their commitment to equity practices, including the University of Waterloo Special Collections & Archives in “Language in Archival Descriptions Changes,” The United Church of Canada Archives in “United Church of Canada Archives Equity Statement,” and Baker Library of Harvard Business School in “Guiding Principles for Conscious and Inclusive Description.”

I am currently an Archivist at the Archives of Ontario, leading outreach activities with Black communities in the province. In my practice, I reimagine the archives as sites of Black joy. I am the Founder and Creative Director of the Black Memory Collective. I also produce and host the podcast, Archives & Things. I hold a Master of Information Studies from McGill University. I received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History, with a minor in Sociology, from Carleton University.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. I love this website! Super interesting and I’m learning things that are related to my graduate work.

  2. Melissa, congratulations on taking the step towards publicly sharing your passion and knowledge of history publicly so that others may be inspired.

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