Fonds MS-11-1 - Movement for Citizens Voice and Action fonds

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Movement for Citizens Voice and Action fonds

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  • 1968-1982 (Creation)

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5.3 m of textual records and other material (893 folders in 32 boxes)

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Movement for Citizens’ Voice and Action (MOVE) was a coalition of community groups in the Halifax-Dartmouth area that was established to enable community groups to have access to resources that had previously been difficult to obtain. The agenda of the MOVE coalition focused primarily on social issues ranging from unemployment, poverty, affordable housing, women’s rights, civil rights, welfare rights, to urban planning and development, transportation, education and environmental issues.

In February, 1970 the Nova Scotia Voluntary Economic Planning Board conducted an Urban Encounter week in the Halifax area to allow citizens to express their ideas, observations, frustrations and criticisms. As a result, a group of citizens concerned with the lack of participation in the regional planning process formed the Citizens’ Involvement Committee in order to involve as many voluntary associations as possible in the development of an active group within the Halifax-Dartmouth regional community. At a three-day conference held in Kentville, Nova Scotia in February 1971, it was agreed upon to establish a citizens’ group coalition under the name “Citizens Inc.” In June of the same year, “Citizens Inc.” became “Movement for Citizens Voice and Action” to facilitate the business of incorporation.

MOVE assumed full organizational status with the election of a Board of Directors. By the end of 1971, MOVE received a Local Initiatives Programme grant for $61,000, which enabled the organization to rent central office facilities, obtain staff members, and organize staff for coalition member groups. MOVE’s objectives were to develop and strengthen the ability of people and groups in the region to identify needs and issues and to organize people with these needs and take informed and effective action; to serve as a mechanism within which community groups from different geographical, issue, and need areas could meet and exchange information and possibly form issue-centered coalitions; provide resources that included information made available through their library while also providing staff, printing services, monies, and mediation to municipal, provincial, and federal government departments.

Throughout the 1970s, MOVE obtained and maintained an average of about 35 group members (some groups withdrew while newer groups were added). Some of their most involved groups included the Ecology Action Centre, Dalhousie Legal Aid, Halifax Welfare Rights, and Ward Five Resource Council. MOVE also established representation with groups such as the Municipal Development Planning Committee (MDPC), Metropolitan Area Planning Committee (MAPC), the Halifax Downtown Committee and Neighbourhood Housing Association (NHA).

Some of MOVE’s most notable achievements include: co-ordinating interested groups and individuals in presenting a proposal for a Planning Advisory Committee to be established in Halifax; assisting in organizing the Canadian Council of Resources and Environment Ministers Conference in Nova Scotia and participating in the Nova Scotia delegation to the national conference; promoted public hearing on Harbour Drive North; co-ordinated submissions to a regional version of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment; helped establish a Dartmouth Cable-TV program on community affairs and sponsored a public forum on the Halifax Transit strike. Most importantly, MOVE played an integral role in the dissemination of prominent local issues to the public as the organization received an abundance of media coverage throughout the 1970s and produced many controversial publications.

Towards the end of the 1970s, MOVE started facing financial difficulties as funding had been either cut or significantly reduced. By that point, the core of MOVE's funding had been provided by the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs, however, the ministry no longer recognized MOVE’s role as a priority in their budget and therefore cut MOVE's funding. As a result, MOVE was eventually forced to shut down their facility and sell off their office equipment. The last recorded activity of the organization was a final meeting in 1982 after being inactive for nearly three years.

Custodial history

The materials in this collection were donated in three accessions. The first donation was made in February of 1979 by Don Mabey consisting of 42 boxes; however, boxes 30, 33, and 37 were witheld by Maureen Vine to be sent at a later date. The second accession consisted of MOVE library material donated by Veith House in March of 1983; only MOVE related material was integrated in the collection. The third accession consisted of the anticipated box 37 in April of 1984; boxes 30 and 33 have never been received.

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Fonds consists of wide range of records from both MOVE and MOVE coalition members, consisting of administrative records to material on social issues. Records include meeting minutes from the board and staff; material on operations; records on funding and finances; material on activities and participation of MOVE such as conferences, seminars, and workshops; various material on internal committees and external committees; various material on MOVE coalition member groups; resource and reference material that made up much of MOVE's library as well as research information they used for various publications for citizen awareness. In addition, the above records contain material that target many social issues such as environment, human rights, poverty, unemployment, city planning, and transit issues.

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The fonds is arranged into ten series:

Board and staff Operations MOVE committees External committees and associations Publications Resource and reference material Dartmouth public transit Finances Funding MOVE coalition member groups

A considerable amount of effort was put into maintaining the original arrangement of the fonds. However, due to the significant randomness of material, disorganization, and abundant duplications, some imposed arrangements have been made by the archivist. This included creating series and subseries for unlabelled material and adding anamolies and randomly organized material into series best suited.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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See the Ecology Action Centre fonds (MS-11-13) for related material.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Movement for Citizens Voice and Action fonds, MS-11-1, [Box Number], [Folder Number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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