Laughter Filled the Space: Challenging Euro-Centric Archival Spaces

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My latest article, written with Skylee-Storm Hogan is now out in the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. Our article, “Laughter Filled the Space: Challenging Euro-Centric Archival Spaces” looks at the physical spaces of archives and the ways in which archives can be more welcoming to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous community researchers.

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 78: Resting for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work

In today’s episode I’m talking about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, also known as EDI work, and protecting yourself from burning out while engaged in this work. This episode is based on my experience engaged in EDI work connected to gender and sexuality inclusion.

Mentioned in this episode:
The Nap Ministry
EP 72: Passion Project Space

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 77: Chronic Pain and Working From Home

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In today’s episode I’m talking about managing chronic pain, archival labour, and working from home. This episode is based on my experiences working from home since March 2020 and rooted in my pain realities, so your mileage with it may vary.

Also, part way through the episode one of my cats decided to chow down near where I was recording. If you hear a weird noise, that’s what is causing it. Cats are fun.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Sam Winn, “This Disabled Life: Academic Conferencing in COVID times
EP: 15: Ableism and Accessibility in Public History

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Residential School Artwork Conversations

Residential School Artwork Conversations

On February 18th at noon ET Skylee-Storm Hogan and I are going to be talking about artwork made by Residential School students and the implications of sharing this artwork today. Our conversation will be moderated by Maddy Bifano.

This webinar was partly inspired by the article Skylee-Storm and I wrote in 2020 for Art Libraries Journal Creation and Purpose: A Conversation on Art Created by Students at the Shingwauk Residential School,” which was based on some of the artwork held in the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.

You can checkout the Facebook event or join us via Zoom on the 18th.

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 76: Writing Book Proposals

In today’s episode I’m talking all about book proposals. I reflect on the two book proposals I had accepted in 2020 and share some general tips I learned from that process.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Katie Linder, YGT Podcast “Writing and Pitching Book Proposals”
Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS

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Reflecting on 2020

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Normally, I post a year end recap of what work, projects, and writing I’ve done in the past year. I’ve decided against doing that this year.

I’ve done things that are worth talking about and I’m working on projects that I’m excited about. But 2020 has been hard. The last thing we need right now is an emphasis on productivity and accomplishment.

We need to prioritize wellness, not production. If you survived 2020 that counts. You occasionally put on pants that counts too.

I want to recognize the privilege I hold as a white settler, as someone who has stable housing, and someone who’s job and wage wasn’t impacted by COVID-19. I’ve only been able to engage in so much work this year because of all of the secure position I’m in.

This year has highlighted how important community care and mutual aid can be. I incredible grateful for my support networks, friends, and colleagues who have helped me through this year.

See you in 2021 friends.

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