The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) wishes to express its concern over the executive order issued by the Trump Administration on January 27, 2017, that restricts entry into the United States by individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen).
The AAO represents Ontario’s archivists, and through our archives, we seek to support and reflect the diversity of our province and beyond in order to preserve the memory and heritage of our communities, organizations, families and individuals for future generations. It is our fervent hope that the current administration will recognize the value and contributions of immigrants who have historically helped the United States grow and develop into the vibrant and diverse nation it is. We hope that the United States will continue to be a safe place for individuals who wish to access archival collections for scholarly, professional, or personal pursuits. The AAO stands in solidarity with the individuals and organizations affected by the ban, and with our colleagues in Canada and the United States, the AAO condemns this policy as discriminating against the rights and freedoms of refugees and travelers from these seven countries.