This is the script of a "lightning talk" that I gave on June 14, 2018 at the UBC Okanagan Library Leader in Residence event. The talk had to be under 7 minutes, so I deal with some big topics very briefly! If you have questions about anything I bring up here, please feel free to... Continue Reading →
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 →
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.
Today, I want to share a dismal statistic about the Masters of Archival Studies & Masters of Library and Information Science program that I started this fall at UBC. It is a small example of how deeply white supremacy and Eurocentrism are embedded within academia and the archival profession. So far, of the 83 required... Continue Reading →