Duty to Document


InterPARES Trust and the Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies invite you to the documentary premiere and online Q&A of “Duty to Document: How governments avoid transparency and sideline citizens through ‘oral government’ and deleting public records”.

This short documentary uses an infamous Canadian incident – the ‘Triple Delete’ scandal – to illustrate how many governments worldwide are moving to a form of “oral government” – failing to keep essential records of their decisions and even illegally destroying records to avoid accountability. This subverts freedom of information laws and suppresses democratic participation.

In 2015 the government of British Columbia was caught improperly deleting email records concerning missing and murdered indigenous women along the “Highway of Tears”. The scandal opened a window on an entire toolkit of bad records practices that go on today within governments across Canada and around the world.

The documentary premiere will be followed by an interactive panel and Q&A session with speakers and panellists:

  • Luciana Duranti, Professor, Archival Studies, School of Information, University of British Columbia
  • Mike Larsen, Professor of Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Co-author of Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada
  • Victoria Lemieux, Associate Professor, Archival Studies, School of Information, University of British Columbia; Lead, Blockchain research cluster, Blockchain@UBC
  • Andrew MacLeod, Legislative Bureau Chief, The Tyee magazine


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