This post was written for the website native-land.ca, which is run by my friend Victor. Laura Phillips was immensely helpful in editing and providing suggestions on the initial draft. Why acknowledge territory? Territory acknowledgement is a way that people insert an awareness of Indigenous presence and land rights in everyday life. This is often done … Continue reading Territory Acknowledgement
How It Began For a little over 2.5 years I've volunteered at Spartacus Books, a volunteer-run anti-capitalist bookstore in Vancouver, BC on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Volunteering at Spartacus is about much more than selling books - we strive to be a space for community events, organizing, socializing, and resource sharing. In … Continue reading Reflections on the Spartacus Book Club
In the spirit of celebration of having made it through my first semester of archival studies, I thought I would share some archives that inspire me! This fall, I was disappointed to find that my classes were predominantly dedicated to learning about the history of bureaucracy in western Europe, the archival system of settler colonial … Continue reading Archival inspiration
For the past twenty years, Métis people have disputed Statistics Canada’s census counts of their population. This year was no exception, with debate breaking out as soon as the latest data was released. But why is this topic so contentious, and how does it relate to records management?
In this article, Krista McCracken contextualizes, describes, and evaluates the work of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC), established in 1979 at Algoma University College in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. In line with Mathiesen (2012) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2008), McCracken emphasizes the importance of Indigenous communities having access to and control over records related to their history and identity in order to heal from traumas inflicted by colonialism.
Discussion around decolonization has been increasingly present in the last decade or so in academic literature. In her influential book, Decolonizing Methodologies (first published in 1999), Linda Tuhiwai Smith articulates the concept of decolonization as, “about centring our concerns and world views and then coming to know and understand theory and research from our own perspectives and for our own purposes”, where “our” represents Indigenous peoples (Smith 2012, 41). This definition has impacted how many scholars comprehend decolonization. However, the term can be defined in many other ways.
Sometimes people ask me about my favourite blogs. Here are a few I read regularly - some I have been reading for years and some are new to me since I started studying Library, Information, and Archival studies this September. âpihtawikosisân Written by Chelsea Vowel (Métis), this has been a favourite of mine for years, … Continue reading What I’m reading