Working Towards Reconciliation

Working Towards Reconciliation

OCULA *Free* Webinar Series

Working towards reconciliation: Engagement and relationship building to shape access and knowledge organization


This webinar will look at how the reconciliation work of engagement and relationship building can lead to improved knowledge organization and access to Indigenous collections. Three Indigenous professionals, a reference librarian; a teacher and doctoral student; and an iSchool student and library intern; will share their perspectives and experiences.  Kim Lawson will share insights from Indigenous scholarship, Indigenous Studies scholarship, her scholarship, professional and community experience to support relationship building, engagement, and critical reflection about library metadata.  Ryan Neepin will discuss the work of the Deepening Knowledge project and the concept of Knowledge Bundles as a way of engaging with and learning from Indigenous-authored resources.  Jamie Lee Morin will talk about her experience working at Ryerson University Library & Archives to assist with developing the Aboriginal Research Portal and Four Directions Writing Guide, her work at York University Libraries in Indigenous Metadata, and the goals of her current position with the University of Toronto Libraries.

In preparation for the webinar, the panelists recommend participants:

1.      Read the Preface and Executive Summary (pp. 1-8) of the CFLA – FCAB’s report Truth and reconciliation report and recommendations, and

2.      Visit the Deepening Knowledge Project’s website, Deepening knowledge: Resources for and about Aboriginal education. In particular, it would be useful to watch either Nathan Goold or Sarah Foster’s video about “Infusing Aboriginal Content and Perspectives Into Your Teaching Practice”

3.      Download Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky’s list, 150 Acts of Reconciliation for Canada’s 150

About the presenters:

Kim Lawson, Xwi7xwa Library (UBC) Reference Librarian, is Heiltsuk.  She is a co-author of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials.  While Archivist/ Librarian for the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre, she developed an approach for the digital preservation of fragile audiovisual archival materials.  Committee work includes: CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee, CDAC/ SCAA Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives, UBC Library Indigenous Metadata Working Group, and Advisory Committee for the First Nations Concentration at UBC iSchool.

Ryan Neepin is a member of Fox Lake Cree Nation. He is an occasional elementary school teacher with the TDSB and PhD student in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at UofT where he focuses on Indigenous Education and Decolonization. Ryan also serves as Project Coordinator for the Deepening Knowledge Project at OISE. Ryan’s research interest includes how Indigenous Knowledge, content and perspectives are taken up in initial teacher education.

Jamie Lee Morin is Metis, raised in Etobicoke. Her community is based in Maniwaki, Quebec. She is in her first year of her Masters of Information program at the University of Toronto, while also working as an Indigenous Metadata Assistant. She completed her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University in 2016 in English Literatures, with a French Minor, and a Certificate in Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences. Her vocation and work experiences have always been about serving the Toronto Indigenous community.

 Virtual Journal Club 

Please join the OCULA Virtual Journal Club (VJC) following this webinar for a facilitated virtual discussion about relevant readings. We hope this discussion will provide participants with the opportunity to continue the conversation beyond the webinar, critically evaluate the relevant literature, and build communities of practice. For this meeting, we ask participants to read/view the following resources: 

Sarah Foster’s video about “Infusing Aboriginal Content and Perspectives Into Your Teaching Practice”:

Lawson, K.L. (1990). Precious fragments: First Nations materials in archives, libraries, and museums (master’s thesis). University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Chapter 1: Introduction, pp. 1-7.

Resource summaries will be provided 3 days in advances of the Webinar. Check back here on November 25th! 

We will be conducting our discussion via Slack (instructions on how to join the conversation will be made available on this webpage in advance of the webinar). You can find the VJC Code of Conduct here:

We look forward to sharing ideas, thoughts, and establishing the next steps in this space of mutual learning.

27/11/2018 12:00 PM - 27/11/2018 1:00 PM

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