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Cordelia Perry BA  MLIS
Campus Librarian
Burridge, Shelburne Campuses and Digby Site

From: Camille Callison <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2019 2:24 PM
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Subject: Soft launch of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit - Indigenous Ontology (FNMIIO)

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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day we are pleased to announce that the CFLA-FCAB’s Indigenous Matters Committee’s - Red Team-Joint Working Group on Classification and Subject Headings and the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA) is releasing the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit - Indigenous Ontology (FNMIIO). This initial release of community names is a soft launch is a first step in a longer project and represents the equal and collaborative contributions of its members.

NIKLA and the Joint Working Group acknowledge that the ontology builds on the work of many Indigenous peoples who have long advocated for the importance of respectfully representing Indigenous knowledge, culture, and communities in libraries. This living ontology respects, acknowledges, and supports Indigenous sovereignty over knowledge. The First Nations, Métis, and Inuit - Indigenous Ontology (FNMIIO) soft launch will facilitate community feedback, corrections and expressions as needed and the Joint Working Group/NIKLA will respond to these contributions by updating this living document at regular intervals.

The FNMI Ontology is released through the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA) and represents an initial effort to improve the representation of Indigenous peoples and communities in libraries, archives and other cultural memory institutions a group of volunteers, working with the (spell out) CFLA-FCAB Indigenous Matters Committee - Red Team Joint Working Group on Classification and Subject Headings and others that have joined this group via the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance NIKLA ANCLA, have compiled a working list of Indigenous Names to better reflect how Indigenous people currently prefer to refer to themselves. This is a living document that will be updated and change as more information is gathered or realized in the course of research and/or consultations.

The Joint Working Group on Classification and Subject Headings, led by Camille Callison, Stacy Allison-Cassin, Alissa Cherry and F. Tim Knight, is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices, supporting reconciliation and meeting the needs of Indigenous communities and have come together to fulfill and implement recommendation #5 of the CFLA/FCAB Truth & Reconciliation Committee report:

“Decolonize Access and Classification by addressing the structural biases in existing schemes of knowledge organization and information retrieval arising from colonialism by committing to integrating Indigenous epistemologies into cataloguing praxis and knowledge management.” CFLA-FCAB Truth & Reconciliation Committee report

This first draft of the  “First Nations, Metis and Inuit - Indigenous Ontologies” (FNMIIO) located at:  is a living document and we welcome and encourage feedback on any aspect of the data found in this spreadsheet. Please contact us with any corrections or inaccuracies you find or if you have suggestions for improvement.

Future plans for this vocabulary include distribution as MARC authority records and in linked data formats (RDF/XML, JSON-LD, Turtle, etc.).
Joint Working Group on Classification and Subject Heading/NIKLA members
Stacy Allison-Cassin
York University
Camille Callison
University of Manitoba
Alissa Cherry
Museum of Anthropology
F. Tim Knight
Osgoode Hall, York University
Michael Dudley
University of Winnipeg
Sharon Farnel
University of Alberta
Darren Furey
Memorial University
Katherine Kasirer
National Film Board of Canada
Patricia Geddes
Vancouver Island University
Patricia Knockwood
New Brunswick Public Library
Anita Kora
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)
Stacey Penney
Memorial University
Monika Fuijkschot
Library and Archives Canada -LAC
Christine Bone
University of Manitoba
Anne Carr-Wiggin
University of Alberta
Lisc Daley
Northwest Territories Legislative Library
Trina Grover
Ryerson University
William (Bill) Leonard
Library and Archives Canada LAC
Melanie Ribau
Toronto Public Library
Elizabeth Stregger
Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives
Dianne Beattie
Library and Archives Canada LAC
Natalie Mainville
Library and Archives Canada LAC
Robin Desmeules
McGill University
Jennifer Budden
A.C. Hunter Public Library, St. John, Newfoundland
Morning Star Padilla
Dalhousie University
Carol Rigby
Nunavut/Liaison with Metadata Committee
Melissa Adams
Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Kim Lawson
Xwi7xwa Library, UBC
Desmond Wong
University of Toronto
Don Johnson
Saskatchewan Archives
Garry Njootli
Geographical Place Names Program, Yukon Government
Tyson Thomas
Previously at University of Alberta

This located at:

Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions particularly note the names so I don’t forget anyone and I will update asap!


Camille Callison

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