Building Relationships: Indigenous Knowledge and OER

Braided strands of sweetgrass

As part of the Technology + Education Seminar + Showcase (TESS) I had the opportunity to be part of an Ignite session and share some of my eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows (OE Fellows) work.

I shared a quick presentation on the intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and Open Educational Resources. You can see my slides and speaking notes here.

As a note, this presentation is built upon the research project I’m undertaking as an OE Fellow and I will be sharing more detailed research soon.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 59: Radical Vulnerability

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In today’s episode I’m talking about the practice of radical vulnerability in professional spaces. I discuss the basics of radical vulnerability, provide examples of what this looks like, and reflect on spaces for safe vulnerability.

Mentioned in this episode:
Karina Haglen on Twitter, also check out their awesome zines.
-Alaina Leary, “Here’s Why You Need to Practice Radical Vulnerability Online
Crosscurrents podcast episode with Jessica DeWitt

Rapid Reads:
-Chelsea Miller, From Me Too to systemic cultural change: a public historian’s call to action

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 58: The Abstract Writing Slog

In today’s episode I’m talking about the work that goes into writing conference presentation proposals and journal article proposals. I dive into my experiences writing proposals and talk about best practices.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Jo Van Every, Why Writing an abstract is so hard
-Catherine Baker, How To Write A Conference Abstract: A Five Part Plan for Pitching Your Research At Almost Anything

Rapid Reads:
Organizing Ideas podcast by Allison Jones and Karen Ng.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 57: Short Form Presentations

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In today’s episode I’m talking about Ignite presentations, lightening talks, and Pecha Kucha presentations. How do you prep for these fast paced presentations? I also chat about where these short presentation formats fit within the conference landscape.

Mentioned in this episode:
The Secret Underground World of Lego Ignite Talk
Fighting Dirty in Scrabble Ignite Talk
About Ignite Talks

Rapid Reads:
-“Home Isn’t Home” by Makayla Webkamigad

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Archives Month Series on History@Work

Filing cabinets with archival material.

Over the past couple of months I have been working with  History@Work affiliate editor Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, and NCPH The Public Historian co-editor/Digital Media Editor Nicole Belolan to help pull together a month long series of posts about of archives and public history.

This series will be published throughout October (Archives Month in the United States). I’m super excited to see these posts go live as they discuss a huge range of archival work, public history work, and community center history making.

The first post in the series, “Fearless Education: Quaker values, collaboration, and democratized access at Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections” by Liz Jones-Minsinger went live this morning. Go read it and keep an eye out for new posts throughout October.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 56: Archives and the TRC Calls to Action

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In honour of Orange Shirt Day today’s episode is dedicated to Residential School Survivors all across the land and to those who didn’t return home from their time at Residential School. In today’s episode I discuss the TRC’s Calls to Action and their relationship to archival practice.

Note – I made a numerical error when talking about the TRC Calls to Action, it is call number 69 not call number 60 that speaks to the operation of Library and Archives Canada.

Mentioned in this episode:
TRC Calls to Action (PDF)
Residential School Memorial Register
-Crystal Fraser and Zoe Todd, “Decolonial Sensibilities: Indigenous Research and Engaging with Colonial Archives in Canada

Rapid Reads:
-Allison Jones, Hazel Jane Plante, Leah Tottenham, Shelby, and Syr “Not Cis in LIS: A Roundtable Discussion about being Trans in Libraries

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Reclaiming Place Talks

This week I had the privilege of travelling to Thunder Bay to provide a public talk at the Thunder Bay Museum and speak with a Lakehead University archives class. Both talks focused on my work at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and the decades of work by the Shingwauk Survivor community.

Interested in learning more? Check out my slides from my “Reclaiming Place: Community History at the Shingwauk Site” talk at the museum and my more archives focused talk from my visit to Lakehead.

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 55: Community Based Digitization

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In this episode I discuss the recent conclusion of the “Healing and Education Through Digital Access” project undertaken by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. I talk about community engagement, how not all information wants to be free, and online access.

I would love to hear about your experiences working with community to undertake a digitization project. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Press release for the Digitized Shingwauk Letter Books
Archival listing of Letter Books
OCAP Principals
Tara Robertson, “Not All Information Wants to be Free: The Case Study of On Our Backs

A huge thank you to my colleague Jenna Lemay who did much of the heavy lifting on this project and who was responsible for developing the metadata for the Letter Books.

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