My latest piece ““That’s my Auntie”: Community-Guided Residential School History” co-authored with the fantastic Skylee-Storm Hogan can be seen in the KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation studies journal.
Here’s the abstract of our piece:
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called for increased access to archival material documenting the history of Residential Schools. What does this access and associated programming look like? How can archives approach sharing Residential School history in an ethical and culturally appropriate way? This project report provides examples of reciprocal approaches to archival work by drawing on a case study of the community-guided work undertaken by the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC).
My latest post, “Anti-Racism and Archival Description Work” can be seen over at Activehistory.ca. The post looks at ongoing work in the archival field to approach description from an anti-racist lens and work to re-describe archival records.
Photo credit: Archival stacks, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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.
A conversational piece I wrote with Skylee-Storm Hogan for the Art Libraries Journal is now available.
This piece asks: What are the ethics behind caring, preserving, and displaying artwork created by Residential School Survivors? By looking at sketches and small handicrafts held by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre this piece examines the possibilities for caring for this unique type of Indigenous artwork in a culturally appropriate and ethical manner.
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On November 11th at 1pm ET Kalani Adolpho, Stephen G. Krueger, and I will be participating in the Mini Rees Conversation Series and talking about the importance of gender diversity and transgender voices within the field of Library and Information Science (LIS).
We’ll also be talking about our new book project Trans & Gender Diverse Voices in LIS – which currently has a CFP out. The conversation series is free and open to all.
I’m finally able to share some super exciting news! Kalani Adolpho, Stephen G. Krueger and I are editing a book!
Tentatively titled, Trans and Gender Diverse Voices in LIS, this Library Juice Press book will center the lived experiences of trans and gender diverse people in LIS work and education. All authors and editors will be self-identified trans and gender diverse people.
Interested? Want to contribute? You can see the full CFP here.
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My latest post, “Growing Gardens, Growing Words” can be found over at The Covid Chroniclers blog. The post talks about my love of gardening and how the act of growing things can be used to talk about the act of writing.
Basically, I like both gardening and writing. But both take effort and time.
My latest post written with Andrea Eidinger, “Stronger Together: The Potential Collaborative Agency of Historians and Archivists” can be read over on Activehistory.ca.
The piece looks at the recent dust up around the BC archives closure and the subsequent open letter written by history departments. It argues for historians and archivists working together and listening to each other.
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I’m honoured and deeply humbled to have won, alongside Madeline Whetung, the Canadian Historical Association Best Article In Indigenous History Prize.
Madeline Whetung’s article “(En)Gendering Shoreline Law: Nishnaabeg Relational Politics Along the Trent Severn Waterway” is a must read. Whetung examines the concept of shoreline law as a means of discussing place-based kinship ties that the Mississaugas hold with water and land and other beings with which they share territory.
My article, “Challenging Colonial Spaces: Reconciliation and Decolonizing Work In Canadian Archives” seeks to highlight existing colonial frameworks within the Canadian archival system and explore the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada on Canadian archival practices.
The article would not have been possible without the guidance of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni, my colleagues at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, and the advice of Skylee-Storm Hogan.
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My latest collaboration with Skylee-Storm Hogan is out in the world. We wrote a book chapter, “Breaking Barriers Through Decolonial Community Based Archival Practice” for Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation edited by Mary Kandiuk.
The chapter discusses the work of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) as a way of opposing colonial archival impulses. It focuses on community archival practices, with a look at the work the SRSC has done to engage Survivors and communities in digital spaces.
As always, I’m grateful to for the chance to work with Skylee-Storm on this and the chapter is infinitely stronger because of their efforts and insights.
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