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

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…
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Challenging Colonial Spaces: Reconciliation and Decolonizing Work in Canadian Archives

My latest article, “Challenging Colonial Spaces: Reconciliation and Decolonizing Work in Canadian Archives,” can now be found in the Canadian Historical Review. For interested folks, here is the abstract for the article: As historians and the public engage with, address, and teach the history of residential schools, it is important to look at how that…
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Tri-University Annual History Conference Keynote

I am delighted to share that I was the keynote at the Tri-University Annual History Conference on March 9, 2019 in Guelph.  The theme for this year’s conference was “In Small and Large Things Remembered’: Material Culture and History.”

#1Lib1Ref Initiative

The #1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) initiative is running January 15 – February 3, 2017.  The project targets librarians and information professionals and encourages them to engage with Wikipedia by improving citations and adding citations to existing pages.  The skills required to add citations draw on a lot of the research and reference skills that…
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Performing Archive: Digitizing and Contextualizing Edward S. Curtis Photographs

Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + “the vanishing race” is the result of a three-month pilot project undertaken by the Claremont Center for Digital Humanities. The project is focused on the well known and controversial collection of photographs of Indigenous communities and people that were created by Edward S. Curtis in the early 20th Century. …
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Response to the Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Task Force

As was recently announced over Arcan-L I’m been appointed as one of the members of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives (SCCA) – Response to the Report on the Truth and Reconciliation Task Force.  I feel honoured to be part of this initiative to address the TRC’s Calls to Action relating to archives and look…
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Ten Books to Contextualize Reconciliation in Archives, Museums, and Public History

My latest post “Ten Books to Contextualize Reconciliation in Archives, Museums, and Public History” can be seen over at Active History.  The post looks at ten books and articles as a starting point for learning about reconciliation, residential schools and indigenous rights in the context of heritage organizations.

Archivist Interview Series

Margaret Bond recently interviewed me as part of her ongoing Archivist Interviews series.  The interview talks about my current job, how I came to work in archives, and one of my favourite archival finds. It was a delight to work with Margaret on this interview and her ongoing series highlights a range of archival professionals…
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Archives of Ontario Family Ties Exhibit

Yesterday the Archives of Ontario launched their sesquicentennial exhibit Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150.  Running until 2018 the exhibit looks at 150 years of Ontario and what Ontario was like at the point of confederation.  The onsite exhibit focuses on four family groups in Ontario during the confederation era.  One of those family groups is…
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Organization Social Media Accounts

For the past number of years I’ve been managing the Activehistory.ca social media accounts, namely Twitter and Facebook.  Since the fall I’ve also been managing Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts for my work. The accounts are somewhat different in nature.  The Active History accounts are primarily used to promote new website content, so I don’t…
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