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The Oral History Centre strives to preserve oral history interviews (and relevant contextual documents) for the benefit of academic research, and for the benefit of the families and communities of those who have shared their stories.

In making archival material accessible, we have made every effort to determine the copyright status of records, to respect the privacy rights of individuals and their families, and to uphold the conditions of access placed on interviews and associated records.

If you have a concern regarding any of the records held by the Oral History Centre you may submit a take-down request.

Please note that our take-down policy only applies to digital media that is part of OHC archival collections that reside on UW platforms and servers maintained by the University of Winnipeg. We are unable to take action against third parties who have obtained digital records unethically or unlawfully, and are using them in ways that contravene our own policies and ethics.

Further, we are unable to “unpublish” material. If you interview has been accessed and used (in accordance with documented terms of access and use) in a print publication, a podcast, or other public work we are unable to take retroactive action in this context.


How to submit a take-down request

Please direct all take-down policy inquiries to the Oral History Centre. You may submit a request by email, or by using the contact form in the OHC Archives section of our website.

Please include the following information with your request:

      1. Your contact details (name, email address, phone number)
      2. The title of the interview or materials
      3. A URL (hyperlink) to where you found the material(s)
      4. The reason for your request. For example:
              • The content does not uphold the terms of access documented at the time of the interview.
              • The content infringes upon your copyright, privacy rights, intellectual property rights, or moral rights.
              • The content is offensive, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable.
              • The records violate the First Nations principles of OCAP® [Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession].

    How will we respond

    We will contact you to let you know that your take down-request has been received. Upon receiving your concern, complaint, or request, the Oral History Centre will identify the record or collection in question and immediately suspend any direct public access until we can perform an assessment.

    After ensuring the request is directed to the appropriate Oral History Centre or University of Winnipeg personal, we will begin a conversation with you in order to fully understand the nature of your concern. We will work together to determine a satisfactory resolution to your request or concern. This might include on of the following examples:

        • Modification to the terms of access to the interview (or associated materials) be modified,
        • Modification to the access controls of an interview and any associated documents
        • Removal of the interview from our online catalogue and database(s)
        • Deaccessioning of the interview from the OHC Archives.


    While we will aim to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. The amount of time it will take to work through each request may vary based on the nature of the request and the volume of records implicated.