Join us Wednesday, December 7 for the third event of the Antiracism & Decolonization in Archival Studies: Open Classroom Series hosted at the University of Manitoba’s History Dept., and sponsored by Dalhousie’s School of Information Management and CUNY’s Archival Technologies Lab. These open classrooms are part of graduate courses taught by Dr. Jamila Ghaddar, which are: HIST7372 History of Archiving & Archival Records (Fall 2022) at the UofM’s History Dept., and INFO6370 Records Management (Winter 2023) at Dalhousie’s SIM. Register today!
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Wednesday, December 7, 2022 @ 11:30am CDST / 1:30pm ADST
A Conversation with Dr. Vanessa Watts, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Indigenous Studies, McMaster University and Krystal Payne, University of Winnipeg, Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre, co-hosted with Dr. Amber Dean, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University. Panelist biographies are listed here. Class readings are listed below and here.
Abstract: This open classroom will examine a variety of principles-based guiding documents, drawing out how archives and archivists are being directly and indirectly tasked with changes to their practices to become more responsive and accountable to Indigenous peoples and communities. In particular, the question of how to move from awareness and education initiatives toward action and accountability measures will be brought up and explored. It brings these archival documents and debates into conversation with the project based out of McMaster University, "The Challenge of Reconciliation: What We Can Learn from the Stories of the Hamilton Mountain Sanatorium and the Mohawk Institute Residential School.” This project will intervene in narrow understandings of reconciliation by turning to the stories of the Hamilton Mountain Sanatorium and the Mohawk Institute Residential School. What can these stories teach us about possibilities for a more substantive reckoning with the many promises of reconciliation? The project involves a significant amount of archival research and engagement, including the development of a lay summary of existing archival records relating to the Mohawk Institute and the Mountain Sanatorium.
· United Nations, General Assembly (2007) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
· First Archivist Circle (2007) Protocols for Native American Archival Material.
· Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) “Calls to Action,” in Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Executive Summary of the Final Report of the TRC (Winnipeg: TRC), pp. 319-337.
· ICA/NAA Indigenous Matters Summit (October 2019) The Adelaide Tandanya Declaration.
· Krystal Payne (2021) “Chapter Two: Guiding Documents for Archives and Archivists,” in Archival Harm Reduction: Utilizing Public Health Harm Reduction Concepts for Reconciliatory Power Shifts in Archives. Thesis (University of Manitoba), pp. 32-58.
· Association of Canadian Archivist’s Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce (2020) A Reconciliation Framework for Canadian Archives (ACA).
· Association of Canadian Archivists’ Indigenous Archives Collective (2021) Indigenous Archives Collective Position Statement on the Right of Reply to Indigenous Knowledges and Information Held in Archives.
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