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Friday, May 24 • 11:15 - 12:15
Closing Keynote - Indigenization of Information Practices: Ideas to inspire, Innovate & Implement

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Information professionals have heard these terms used broadly in the academy in recent years, but how much time has been given to deeply understanding these terms and their application to our work, both as individuals and as a collective? With ALA accredited Library and Archival studies education core competencies still largely absent of a commitment to include Indigenous content in Canada, are we really comfortable with understanding the nuance and complexity of the work associated with these terms, specifically for libraries and archives? Who is doing this work, what does it look like, and where does this knowledge and experience come from? Before 2015, this work was taking place largely as grassroots efforts by Indigenous information professionals and allies, based on our cultural knowledges and experiences, and off the side of the desk of the positions we had been hired in to. 
In June 2015, the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were released, and with them, Indigenization work in the academy shifted. The Calls to Action galvanized library leaders and employees alike in to action, and, since then, questions and concerns have been raised about how well-equipped our professions are to move forward in the work of responding. This conversation seeks to inspire Indigenization practices based on the experiences of the Xwi7xwa Library and the Indigitization program at UBC, and other Indigenous libraries and people encountered along the way. We will walk through some examples, teachings, and writings of Indigenous Elders and scholars to inspire a process of self-reflection and brainstorming for innovation. The conversation will reflect on the growth of Indigenization in the academy and call for action towards a shared responsibility of Indigenization practice in the information professions.

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Sarah Dupont (she/her)

Head Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia
Sarah Dupont is the Head Librarian of the X̱wi7x̱wa Library at The University of British Columbia (UBC), which is located on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam Indigenous people. Sarah’s family is Métis and settler-Canadian. Her leadership role as Head of Xwi7xwa... Read More →

Friday May 24, 2019 11:15 - 12:15 CDT
Eckhardt Gramatté Hall