Webinar: Editing Wikipedia Part Two

The recording of the final webinar of the "Wikipedia as Outreach and Activism for Canadian History" series I hosted with Jessica Knapp from Canada’s History Society is now available. I was the main presenter in this webinar  which focused on "Diving Into Wikipedia Editing Basics" and included an introduction and technical walk through of basic editing skills. … Continue reading Webinar: Editing Wikipedia Part Two

Reading: Critical Archival Studies

The most recent issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is a special issue focusing on critical archival studies.  The issue is edited by Michelle Caswell, Ricardo Punzalan, and T-Kay Sangwand and it is completely open access. The journal issue tackles the ways in which "records and archives serve as tools for … Continue reading Reading: Critical Archival Studies

Shingwauk Historical Site Tours

Since 2010 part of my job has included providing historical site tours focusing on the history of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools that were located on the site which now houses Algoma University. In the past few years I have been giving between 80-100 tours to a range of audiences, including : K-12, … Continue reading Shingwauk Historical Site Tours

TRC Task Force Survey on Reconciliation Action & Awareness in Canadian Archives

The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force (TRC-TF) of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives has released its survey on reconciliation action and awareness in Canadian archives. This survey is open to all members of the Canadian archival community regardless of their role, employment status, the size of their … Continue reading TRC Task Force Survey on Reconciliation Action & Awareness in Canadian Archives

Active History Archives Theme Week

I'm overjoyed by how the Active History Archives Theme Week has come together.  This week emerged after the 'secret archives' new story and the subsequent response from the archival community.  The goal of the theme week is to foster discussion between archivists and historians.  Posts in the week tackle issues of archival labour, how private … Continue reading Active History Archives Theme Week

Open Offices and Dedicated Project Time

I've worked in an open office setup for the bulk of my professional career.  This has typically meant sharing an office space with multiple co-workers and students.  It has also meant working in a space that is open to the public.  In 2015 there was around six or eight months where I had an office … Continue reading Open Offices and Dedicated Project Time

Archives As Activism: The Case of Residential Schools

I'm on a podcast! Given my obsession with listening to podcasts it might not be surprising that I'm very excited to have been part of a podcast recording. Recently Scott Neigh of Talking Radical Radio interviewed Skylee-Storm Hogan and I about the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, activism and archives, and more broadly about documenting social … Continue reading Archives As Activism: The Case of Residential Schools

Listening: Historically Yours Podcast

My podcast listening has changed drastically over the past couple of months - mainly because I'm no longer spending two hours a day in the car.  I've become a bit more selective in what I listen to and I've also changed up when I'm listening.  I'm now spending more time listening to podcasts while at … Continue reading Listening: Historically Yours Podcast

Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC’s calls to action

Sophia Reuss recently wrote an article on  how "Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC's calls to action: Cultural institutions have an important role to play in Canada's reconciliation process."  Reuss' piece looks at the role museums and archives play in caring for and presenting materials relating to Indigenous communities and the need to the … Continue reading Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC’s calls to action

AAO Tour: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

One of the highlights for me at this year's Archives Association of Ontario conference was the tour of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) located in Toronto. The CLGA was amazingly well represented at AAO with two of their staff members presenting, a site tour on the conference program, and numerous CLGA volunteers involved … Continue reading AAO Tour: Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives