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.
- Written by Chelsea Vowel (Métis), this has been a favourite of mine for years, and being able to follow Chelsea’s commentary more closely is one of the reasons that I joined Twitter eventually! I saw Chelsea speak at the Study in Action Conference hosted by QPIRG-McGill, QPIRG-Concordia, and GRIP-UQaM in 2013 and was swept away by her power. Insightful commentary about Indigenous law, identity, and language. She doesn’t post as often these days (she has a number of kids which I understand keep her pretty busy) but there are lots of older posts to explore, or you could look for a copy of her book Indigenous Writes if you can’t get enough there! We can order copies of this at Spartacus if you’re interested.
- Native Appropriations
- Another long-time favourite of mine, Dr. Adrienne Keene (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ/Cherokee Nation) blogs about cultural appropriation, Indigenous activism, and persistent stereotypes. She’s also more prolific on Twitter than her blog these days, but her posts delve into many different pop-culture and fashion representations of Indigenous peoples and cultural expressions and there is lots to learn. My last post was in response to some tweets she recently posted if you’re interested in seeing what kinds of conversations she is starting these days.
- Archival Decolonist
- A new find for me, as I was working on a class project about decolonizing archives this semester (I hope to post a blog here about that soon too! Edit: This is now posted here.) In this blog Nathan Sentance (Wiradjuri) critically examines galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM institutions) history and contemporary relationships to colonialism. His posts are thought-provoking and very readable whether or not you have a lot of experience in those fields. I think this will be a helpful resource for me as I go through school.
- Krista McCracken
- I don’t remember how I initially came across Krista’s blog, but I got to delve more into her work this semester as I wrote a summary/discussion question based on her 2015 article “Community Archival Practice: Indigenous Grassroots Collaboration at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre for one of my classes (maybe I will cross-post that here too sometime Edit: This is now posted here.) Krista posts regularly on history, archival studies, community engagement, and solidarity work with Indigenous communities and it is almost uncanny how often I go to her blog and there’s a new post on a topic I also find super fascinating but had no idea she was interested in (for example, she posted a few days ago about graphic art/comics and history, which has been a growing interest in mine since I read Drawn to Change when it came out last year).
- Active History
- I found this blog through Krista McCracken’s site I’m pretty sure. It moves too fast for me, I can’t read every post but what I do read I enjoy. My favourite post this year was 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the last 150 Days of Canada’s 150 by Crystal Fraser (Gwichya Gwich’in from Inuvik and Dachan Choo Gèhnjik, Northwest Territories) and Dr. Sara Komarnisky.
- Unsettling America
- This blog is a great gateway to others – they cross-post pieces written by others on themes of unsettling, decolonization, anti-colonialism, Indigenization, and so forth. Mostly long reads, I come here when I have some time on my hands.
- Things I find in the garbage
- Another long-time favourite, this blog is written by a friend-of-a-friend in Montreal who makes his living through finding and selling things from other people’s trash. It’s always full of fascinating stories and mysterious objects. I love how some of the things Martin finds really can tell so much about people’s lives and the history of Montreal as a city.
- Post Secret
- Old favourite, first shared with my by my older cousin probably a decade ago. If you haven’t heard of this yet, you are late to the party. Frank Warren started this art project where people would send him postcards with secrets written on them and it has grown and grown and grown and grown. Every week he posts a selection of the cards he’s received on his blog, and every week they’re full of insight into the mysteries of humanity.
I’d love to hear what you are reading and any suggestions you have for blogs I might enjoy! Add them to the comments or send me a message.