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

Technology and Highlights of the Art Institute of Chicago

I recently spent a few days in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the fourth post in a series about the museums, architecture, public gardens, and art I visited while there.  The first post can be viewed here.When people say you could spend hours at the Art Institute of Chicago they aren't kidding.  I spent a full … Continue reading Technology and Highlights of the Art Institute of Chicago

First Nations and Inuit Collaboration In Museums

As my recent post on "Community Engagement in Commemoration" mentioned I've been thinking a lot about community involvement in the practices of museums and heritage sites.  The recent issue of Muse contains a short piece, "Redefining First Nations and Inuit Involvement in Exhibit Planning," by Jameson C. Brant that focuses on similar questions of engagement. … Continue reading First Nations and Inuit Collaboration In Museums

National Archives at NCPH

The final session I attended on Thursday at NCPH was "Competing Narratives, Competing Needs: The Roles and Responsibilities of a National Archive and its Audiences."  The panel was comprised of staff from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) including: Rebecca Giesbrecht, Jenna Murdock Smith, Jennifer Wilhelm and Katherine Comber as facilitator.  Giesbrecht began the session by … Continue reading National Archives at NCPH

Places of Conversation

This week my work is hosting a number of visiting artists and scholars who specialize in work relating to apology, denial, reconciliation, and Indigenous issues more broadly.  It's been great to have the opportunity to listen to and talk with individuals who are passionate about their work and who approach historical and contemporary issues in … Continue reading Places of Conversation

Aboriginal Archives and the Division of Community and ‘Professional’ Archives

South Australian Museum, shields Somebody, somewhere, decided yesterday was (unofficial) Aboriginal Archives Day.  Google failed in finding a definite answer in who was promoting the day, but by the looks of it the University of Manitoba may have started it as an internal event and promoted it via social media; which resulted in a handful … Continue reading Aboriginal Archives and the Division of Community and ‘Professional’ Archives

Language Preservation and Digital Resources

Recently I've been reading and reflecting on numerous facets of Indigenous language preservation and revitalization.  Residential schools, colonialism, and general assimilation practices have all contributed to the loss and endangered states of many Indigenous dialects.  Despite this loss or impending loss there are a number of projects across Canada which are working to record and … Continue reading Language Preservation and Digital Resources

Community Archives and the Limitations of Identity

The Spring/Summer issue of The American Archivist contained a number of thought provoking articles on the representation of disabilities, minorities, and ethnic groups in archives and archival literature.  One of the articles which I found particularly compelling was "Community Archives and the Limitations of Identity : Considering Discursive Impact on Material Needs" by Christine N. … Continue reading Community Archives and the Limitations of Identity

Hidden No Longer: Keeping Indigenous Heritage Alive

If you're a member of the Canadian Museums Association you should soon be receiving the November/December issue of Muse.  This month's cover article, "Hidden No Longer: Keeping Indigenous Heritage Alive" is written by yours truly.The article focuses on the role heritage museums have played in presenting indigenous culture and history to the general public.  It … Continue reading Hidden No Longer: Keeping Indigenous Heritage Alive

Indigenous Knowledge and Mapping

Washow Sectional Map, Manitoba Historical MapsOne of the project's currently being undertaken byOne of the project's currently being undertaken by Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) focuses on the display of Indigenous knowledge and culture through the use of cybercartography.  This initiative has resulted in the creation of cybercatrographic atlases which incorporate interactive perspectives  … Continue reading Indigenous Knowledge and Mapping