This week my colleague Jenna Lemay and I presented on “Community Archival Description and Community Access” as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series.
Our webinar focused on how the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre does archival description and archival access. We provided an overview of the Centre’s approach to both and also discussed specific projects and examples.
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.
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.
Jean-Pierre Morin has started a YouTube series dedicated to Public Historians sharing their work. The series asks public historians six questions:
1- Who are you? 2- How did you end up where you are? 3- What’s the nature of your work? 4- What do you enjoy most about your work? 5- What’s the biggest challenge in your work? 6- What keeps you motivated?
And lets folks share a little bit about themselves and their public history practice. There’s three videos in the series so far, including one of Jean-Pierre and I talking about my work. It’s fun and includes all the public history goodness.
For the second year in a row I will be working with NicoleBelolan and Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan to edit an archives month series for the History@Work blog. It was wonderful working with Nicole and Kristin on the 2019 archives series and I’m looking forward to seeing how the series develops this year.
This year’s series will focus on archival and library practice and labor as well as archives and libraries as public history. Because the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted new challenges surrounding the use and maintenance of archives, the series also welcome pitches from users of archives.
This TSF community grant will allow us to host virtual queer crafting circles, pay queer crafters/makers located in Northern Ontario, and help buy crafting supplies for those who need them in the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario region.
We’ll be hosting virtual crafting circles Wednesdays at 7pm in the month of June. You can follow us on Instagram at QueerMakingCollective to keep up to date with our programming and to join in the conversation.
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.
It’s been awhile, but I’m back with new podcast content. In today’s episode I’m discussing problematic language in archival descriptions, approaches to handling racist depictions in records, and efforts to update archival practices.