Facing the Past

The August/September issue of Canada's History magazine contains a short piece I wrote about the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre's Remember the Children Photo Identification Project.  This project aims to help connect survivors, families, and communities with residential school photographs.  It also strives to identify the unnamed students pictured in so many residential school photographs.  This … Continue reading Facing the Past

Remember the Children and Canada’s History

I recently wrote a piece for the Canada's History website about the Remember the Children: Photograph Identification Project that was started by the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.  This is a project that is near and dear to my heart.  It is one of the initiatives that made me … Continue reading Remember the Children and Canada’s History

Stewarding Collections of Trauma

The Fall 2015 issue of Archivaria included "Stewarding Collections of Trauma: Plurality, Responsibility, and Questions of Action" by Lisa P. Nathan, Elizabeth Shaffer, and Maggie Castor.  The article looked broadly at efforts to manage archives that contain material relating to historical trauma and more specifically at the work of the National Centre for Truth and … Continue reading Stewarding Collections of Trauma

Centennial Celebrations at Residential Schools

I recently was working with an audio recording from the Cowessess Indian Residential School.  The recording was in the form of a seemingly professionally produced record featuring a musical ensemble of Cowessess IRS students.  The recording was produced to celebrate the 1967 Canadian centennial.  This particular item got me thinking about the handful of other … Continue reading Centennial Celebrations at Residential Schools

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba officially opened this week.  The first day of opening  focused on the history of residential schools, reconciliation, and steps for the NCTR going forward.  The second day of he opening emphasized education and included the launch of the NCTR website. Work on the … Continue reading National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Archives and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Workshop

I recently facilitated a workshop on Archives and the TRC as part of Huron History Day: An Active History Pre-Conference for High School and First Year Students. The workshop focused on the history of residential schools, the unique challenges of residential school archives, the TRC, and reconciliation more broadly.  When planning this workshop I was … Continue reading Archives and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Workshop

Self Care Revisited

A few months ago I wrote about working in a field that involves historical trauma and the need for self care.  The topic of self care and the mental toll of working on emotionally charged topics came to the forefront for me earlier this week.  I spent a few hours digitizing records and cross referencing … Continue reading Self Care Revisited

The Role of Canada’s Museums and Archives in Reconciliation

My latest post, The Role of Canada's Museums and Archives in Reconciliation, can be seen over at activehistory.ca.  The post looks at the TRC executive summary of the final report and calls to action in relation to museums and archives.  The report features 94 recommendations to facilitate reconciliation and address the legacy of residential schools, … Continue reading The Role of Canada’s Museums and Archives in Reconciliation