Self-location and Concepts of Place

During a recent workshop on active archives and archives in the classroom my co-presenter brought up the idea of using self-location as a starting point for talking about residential schools and reconciliation. In subsequent days I've had a few conversations with colleagues about the value of using self-location as an instruction tool and how it … Continue reading Self-location and Concepts of Place

Interactive History: Indigenous Perspectives and the Blanket Exercise

As part of Orientation Week at AlgomaU students, staff, faculty and community members were invited to participate in the KAIROS blanket exercise.  Originally developed in the 1990s as a response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples the blanket exercise is a participatory teaching too that invites participants to learn about Canadian history from an … Continue reading Interactive History: Indigenous Perspectives and the Blanket Exercise

Archival Literacy and the Role of Universities in Archival Instruction

My most recent post on archival literacy, learning archival research skills, and the role of universities in archival instruction can be seen over at Activehistory.ca.  In this post I looked at the publicly funded English language universities in Canada to learn more about what type of archival skills are being taught at the undergraduate level … Continue reading Archival Literacy and the Role of Universities in Archival Instruction

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

Introduction to Archives

As my last post indicated I've been thinking a lot about archival instruction and introducing students and other new users to archives.  As part of this process I've been gathering resources that explain how archives are organized, introduce the basic of archival processing, and explain different aspects of archival theory. Some of the best resources … Continue reading Introduction to Archives

Archival Competences and University Archives

As September approaches and campus begins to bustle again I've been thinking a lot about outreach from the perspective of university archives.  A pair of American Archivist articles , "Archival Literacy Competencies for Undergraduate History Majors" and "Archival Literacy for History Students: What Do Students Need to Know About Primary Source Materials" both speak to … Continue reading Archival Competences and University Archives

Changing Roles: Archives Supervisor

I've been back from parental leave for a bit over a month.  When I left in October 2014 I was working as a Researcher/Curator in the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.  I spent a year and a half in that role and had the opportunity to work on a number of great creative projects.  While in … Continue reading Changing Roles: Archives Supervisor

Moral Goodness and Venereal Disease: Sexual Health Education in Ontario

My latest post, "Moral Goodness and Venereal Disease: Sexual Health Education in Ontario" can be see over on the Activehistory.ca site. The post looks at the introduction of sexual health education into Ontario schools in the early 1900s and traces the changing nature of the sexual health curriculum to present day.

Everyday Heroes

During the month of December I am participating in #reverb14 as a means of getting my writing habits back on track. I will be altering the prompts as needed to fit within the scope of this blog. Today's prompt: Hero: Who was your hero this year? Tell us why. What makes a hero in your … Continue reading Everyday Heroes

Bringing the Legacy of Residential Schools into the Classroom

My latest post, "Bringing the Legacy of Residential Schools into the Classroom" can be seen over on Active History.  The post focuses on resources that can help teachers integrate residential schools into their lessons. I look a handful of education tools which can be accessed digitally and are good starting points for teaching the history … Continue reading Bringing the Legacy of Residential Schools into the Classroom