Archives As Activism: Community Narrative Building at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre

As part of the "(re)Active Public History" Twitter mini-con hosted by the National Council on Public History I presented a presentation on the role of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre as a place of community building and activism.  The complete Twitter presentation is below. Archives As Activism: Community Narrative Building

Xtreme Endnotes With An Archival Twist

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Earlier this term I adapted Rozanne Panchasi's "Xtreme Endnotes" activity for my introduction to archival studies class.  I used this activity as part of a discussion about the intersection of historical work, archival research, and the ways in which archives influence historical production.  This activity was also paired with readings and a lecture about how … Continue reading Xtreme Endnotes With An Archival Twist

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

Project Funding News

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I've been fortunate to be part of a number of projects that have recently received funding news.  I am very excited about all of this work, much of which involves community, engagement, and cross-cultural learning methods. The TRC-TF was recently awarded at SSHRC Insight Grant for "Establishing a framework for reconciliation action and awareness within … Continue reading Project Funding News

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

Building Bridges and Reading Across Disciplines

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During one of my recent writing projects I started thinking about the implications of disciplinary silos and the value to reading across disciplines. A lot of my work is grounded in archival theory and public history practice, however it often intersects with the Canadian academic history profession.  From an outsider differentiating these three disciplines may … Continue reading Building Bridges and Reading Across Disciplines

Annual Reports of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes

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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

Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

New podcast episode! In part three of the mini-series on “Demystifying Archival Labour” I tackle the work of archival description and talk about the intellectual work goes into descriptive practices. I also discuss my favourite strategies for teaching about description and the inherent challenges of describing records using RAD.  Missed part one of this series? … Continue reading Historical Reminiscents EP 07: Demystifying Archival Labour – Description

Digital POWRR Institute Reflections

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Last week I attended the inaugural Digital POWRR Institute in Naperville, IL.  Since 2012, the Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources (Digital POWRR) project has been trying to breakdown digital preservation barriers to a wider range of information professionals.  Building on their past workshop model, the POWRR Institutes are designed to provide hands-on learning experiences, … Continue reading Digital POWRR Institute Reflections