For interested folks, here is the abstract for the article: As historians and the public engage with, address, and teach the history of residential schools, it is important to look at how that history has been recorded, taught, and preserved in Canada. The examination of archival structures illuminates the incompatible nature of many archival practices and Indigenous ways of knowing. Set within a context of reconciliation efforts, this article seeks to highlight existing colonial frameworks within the Canadian archival system and explore the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada on Canadian archival practices.
Terry and I had a great chat and we talked a bit about my work at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, Active History, the eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows Program, and the Beyond the Lecture OER.
Basically, I gushed about all the open projects I have had the privilege and opportunity to participate in. Thank you Terry for the invite! This was a ton of fun to record. Check out the show notes fore more information.
I had the opportunity to be part of the “Access & Digital Indigenous Archives” session at the Archives Association of Ontario Conference on May 9, 2019. I had the pleasure of presenting alongside Karyne Homes (Anishinaabe/Metis) of Library and Archives Canada.
My talk focused on the digital access work of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. It centered on showcasing the building of online spaces for community and using the principles of OCAP to guide archival practice. My slides and speaking notes from the talk can be found here.
My latest post, “Trees as Historical Markers and Holders of Memory” can be seen over at Active History. The post looks at the history of the two pine trees on the front lawn of the Algoma/Shingwauk site and discusses trees as part of historical interpretation.
In this episode I’m talking my recent experience creating the Beyond the Lecture Open Educational Resource (OER) alongside my fantastic collaborator Andrea Eidinger. I discuss the work that went into this edited ebook, decisions about open access, and broader OER work happening in Canada history.
I would love to hear about your experiences using or creating OER. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.
I recently wrapped up teaching an Archival Practicum course. Students spent the term immersed in working with two sets of community heritage organization archives. This course built on archival theory the students learned previously and was designed to provide hands on skills. We did a lot of physical processing, had quality discussions about arrangement decisions, and tackled some basic preservation concerns.
One of the most rewarding parts of this class was seeing students execute their practicum projects. Each student designed an access or outreach initiative to ‘take archival records out of the archives.’
I’m currently participating in the eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC focused on technology enabled learning. As part of this medium sized Open Online Course (mOOC) it was suggested that participants keep an ongoing set of notes to document and organize their thoughts about the experience. As a way to document my experience I’m going to be keeping informal blog notes that reflect on what I’m learning and the activities I’m engaging in via the mOOC.
Module 5 of the mOOC is called “Scholars” and is focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) with an emphasis on identifying instructional practices that might work in your classroom. I’ll be working through this module’s activities this week and will be sharing my work below as I complete it: