Hi all and Happy Friday with apologies for the mass email,
The call for the Indigenous Matters Committee and the Charter has gone out the member associations has gone out as follows. I have spoken to most of you about either re-joining or joining but if I haven’t please consider this an invitation to need to contact your association and express your interest. If you have any questions, please reply to me only and not to the entire list.
There is no limit to the number of nominees per association. Members are needed for teams and working groups in many areas including archives, health, law, records management, school libraries, special libraries, children’s librarianship as well as specialists in cataloguing, classification and teaching faculty in libraries, archives and cultural memory institutions. Other areas that are of interest is Indigenous languages, digital preservation and Indigenous Knowledge protection (copyright). As well, a web specialist is needed to manage and update the Indigenous Resources Hub.
As mentioned below, the time commitment isn’t extensive with 2 - one hour meetings per month as this is on-going work. Each team and working group will set goals and develop a workplan with short and long term goals. Progress reports will be due in January but nothing as extensive as the Truth & Reconciliation Committee report & recommendations.
Also, I know I am forgetting people that should be invited so if you know someone who is interested in Indigenous matters and would like to be part of a national team dedicated to working with Indigenous people, please feel to recommend them to your member association and/or to me.
Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération Canadienne des Associations de Bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Indigenous Representative and Chair, Indigenous Matters Committee
**Check out the Indigenous Resources Hub at
Camille L. Callison [On Research Leave until January 1, 2018]
Indigenous Services Librarian and
112 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
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Dear CFLA-FCAB Members:
I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations
de bibliothèques. The Board of CFLA-FCAB determined that our highest priority for 2016 was to help libraries respond to the Calls to Action found in the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission/Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada. Established
in 2016, the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee/Vérité et reconciliation completed their mandate in early 2017 and delivered a report with 10 overarching recommendations
CFLA-FCAB is now implementing the report and recommendations, commencing with Recommendation #1: Establishing a Standing Committee on Indigenous Matters. Please see the attached Committee Charter for more information about this important initiative.
CFLA-FCAB invites volunteers to serve on the CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee. The entire Committee will meet 10 times a year. Subcommittees will also meet 10 times a year, on a staggered schedule. Meetings will be via electronic means such as teleconference, or online. Committee members should be willing to dedicate themselves to further the responsibilities of Indigenous Matters Committee, including implementing the recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation Report.
Members of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee have asked to continue and due to their hard work and diligence, I can unequivocally recommend that they be reappointed. In addition, there are individuals needed in the areas of archives, health, law, records management, school libraries, special libraries, children’s librarianship as well as specialists in cataloguing, classification and teaching faculty in libraries, archives and cultural memory institutions.
We ask your association as a member of CFLA-FCAB and the Canadian library community to recommend possible member(s) for this committee no later than July 24, 2017. The first full Indigenous Matters Committee conference call will take place on July 28, 2017 at 12 pm (EST).
Chair, Indigenous Matters Committee
PS: A number of potential volunteers have reached out to Camille directly. If you are having difficulty in identifying a potential representative, or have any other questions, please contact her
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