Doing the work: Editing Wikipedia as an act of reconciliation

My latest piece, "Doing the work: Editing Wikipedia as an act of reconciliation", written in collaboration with Danielle Robichaud is now up on On Archivy.  This piece developed out of an Archives Association of Ontario talk Danielle and I presented back in 2017 on "Collaborative archival practice: Rethinking outreach, access, and reconciliation using Wikipedia."  The post looks … Continue reading Doing the work: Editing Wikipedia as an act of reconciliation

OER and Exploring Pressbooks

I recently starting working with Pressbooks as a way to develop an Open Educational Resource (OER) about residential schools and the history of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. For folks not familiar will Pressbooks, it is a publishing platform that you easily create ebook and print-ready files for printing physical … Continue reading OER and Exploring Pressbooks

Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall

Reclaiming shingwauk Hall poster

A permanent exhibition project I have been working on since 2012 is finally coming into fruition.  The first part of the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition will open on August 3, 2018 and is dedicated to the generations of Survivors who attended Indian Residential Schools across the country. Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall was developed and led by the … Continue reading Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall

Indigenous Archival Material, Open Access, and Decolonization

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The Newberry Library recently released a digitized collection of early 20th Century drawings by the Lakota community.  These drawings are part of the Edward E. Ayer Collection which contains artworks, books, and other material relating to Indigenous culture.   These drawings were created in 1913-1914 and are now in the public domain. Any press content I've … Continue reading Indigenous Archival Material, Open Access, and Decolonization

Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project

On April 24, 2018 Stacey Devlin of Know History presented a talk at Algoma University focused on the Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project.  This fantastic project aims to increase resources and accessibility of information about the unique history and development of Métis communities in Ontario. The Root Ancestors Project was developed based on feedback … Continue reading Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project

Annual Reports of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes

Our Indian Homes Annual Report cover page

I've recently been working with a batch of annual reports from the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes from 1877-1915.  The first part of these reports have been digitized, OCR'd and are now available to download as PDFs.   We're still working with the reports from 1899-1915, but hope to have those available to the public by the … Continue reading Annual Reports of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes

Listening – Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

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Earlier in March season two of the CBC Missing & Murdered podcast launched.  Written and hosted by journalist Connie Walker, Missing & Murdered is an investigative style podcast focused on the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Season one, which aired in 2016, focused on the life and death of Alberta Williams, who was … Continue reading Listening – Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

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Last week I participated in the Anishinaabe Inendamowin (thought) Research Symposium held at Algoma University. The theme of this year's symposium was "Weaving Meaningful Anishinaabe Research Bundles" and there was an emphasis on enriching academic research through Indigenous ways of knowing. The symposium included community knowledge holders, post-secondary students from all levels, and established Indigenous … Continue reading Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health

My latest article, "Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health" is now out in the British Journal of Canadian Studies (volume 30, issue 2).  This article is part of a special issue edited by Evan J. Habkirk and Janice Forsyth focusing on health and the body at Canadian residential schools. Many thanks … Continue reading Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health

Reflecting on Camping and the Parks System

I've went camping twice this summer and stayed at three Provincial Parks in Ontario as part of that experience.  I've been thinking a lot about the complicated nature behind the parks system, the dispossession of Indigenous people from parks and the lack of acknowledgement of the traditional usage of the land by Parks.  None of … Continue reading Reflecting on Camping and the Parks System