Friday, 9 December 2016

Ottawa Declaration

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, today closed the Taking it to the Streets: Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums in a Changing World with a call to action for the library, archival and museum communities in the form of the Ottawa Declaration:

Ottawa Declaration (December 2016)

Gathered in Ottawa for the Taking it to the Streets Summit, members of the library, archival and museum communities commit to find new ways of working together to increase the visibility and impact of memory institutions.
By adopting this Declaration, we commit to continually adapt and reinvent our institutions, and to promote the full value of libraries, archives and museums to Canadians.
Together, we will:
  • Increase collaboration between our institutions and our networks at the local and national levels to catalyze new partnerships that spark creativity and enhance engagement;
  • Develop innovative programs and services, and adopt technologies that empower us to engage our publics; and
  • Enrich and expand access to our collections to ensure that our institutions contribute significantly to the public good and sustainable development. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Introduction to Library and Archives Canada gathering, December 8th, schedule, presenters, registration

Introduction to Library and Archives Canada
2016-12-08, Maskwacis Cultural College Library
Thursday, 8th December, 2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


9:30 - 9:45
Welcome address by President Patricia Goodwill-Littlechild
9:45 - 10:15
Introduction to Indigenous and Plains Cree collections at Library and Archives Canada
10:15 - 10:30
Break and networking
10:30 - 11:00
How to conduct a family history search
11:00 - 11:45
Oral history collections at Library and Archives Canada
11:45 - 12:00
Q & A
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch and tour of Samson Archives
1:00 - 2:00
The Documentary Heritage Communities Program
2:00 - 2:15
2:15- 3:00
How to digitize heritage collections and standards  
3:00 - 4:00
Wrap up: Community engagement: Baby steps


Sarah Hurford has been an archivist at LAC since 2009, and specializes in records and search tools relating to Indigenous Heritage. She has held positions in Reference Services, in Private Archives and provided reference support for two document disclosure research projects conducted for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is now with the Government Archives Branch in the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada portfolio.

Anne Lindsay is the Documentary Heritage Communities Program’s Regional Ambassador for the North and indigenous projects. She is a research and access archivist with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Anne has worked with indigenous individuals, organizations and communities throughout her career, which has deepened her commitment to support their participation in archives and archiving in Canada.

As Regional Ambassador of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP), Anne assists and supports the local documentary heritage community on behalf of LAC.

Beverly Crier was born & raised in the Maskwacis, she is an historian by profession; working for Samson Cree Nation under the Inter-Governmental Office managing the SCN's Museum, Archives, Language Culture & History. Our mission statement guides the work we do "We recognize that our Cree Language & Culture is a living spirit and therefore the preservation of our culture and it's intergenerational transfer is paramount"; we assist with research, and search for documents, photographs, any media or medium related to the Maskwacis Cree People and Samson's history.

Documentary Heritage Communities Program
Library and Archives Canada
The Documentary Heritage Community Program (DHCP) has been designed to ensure that Canada’s continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations through a collaborative approach with local documentary heritage communities. The program is delivered through contributions that will support the development of Canada’s local archival and library communities by increasing their capacity to preserve, provide access to and promote local documentary heritage. Additionally, the Program provides opportunities for local documentary heritage communities to evolve and remain sustainable and strategic. The DHCP provides financial assistance to the Canadian documentary heritage community for activities that:

  • Increase access to, and awareness of Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
  • Increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada’s documentary heritage

Scholarships available to cover the registration fees. Everyone is Welcome.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

First Nations Knowledge Services Without Borders Institute Media coverage, Ermineskin Newsletter, April 29, 2016

Library Services at Maskwacis Cultural College hosted the second "First Nations Knowledge Services without Borders" Workshop on April 12th to the 15th. The basis of the workshop explored a variety of presentations from individuals representing Maskwacis, six colleges and universities, the Provincial Archives, Samson Cree Nation Archives and many more.

A total of forty-six institutes and 126 participants attended the workshop for the three days. Round table discussions created an interactive learning environment for the participants. "They wanted more," Manisha Khetarpal shares excitedly. "Lots of learning to build academic and contemporary Indigenous Knowledge Services," She explained.

Manisha Khetarpal is the Maskwacis Cultural College Librarian and coordinator of the workshop. An increase of involvement since 2014 indicated that the first Knowledge Services workshop was a great success. Two years of networking established the workshop for April 2016. Maskwacis Library Services plans to offer it again in 2018.

"More importantly, it is a very good opportunity for the community members to present and share," Manisha commented. "Winston Northwest who collects and archives news articles showed us his project on Movie Maker. Roxanne Sunwalker who is a filmmaker did a presentation about 'Life on Smallboy Camp'. Rita Cutknife showed us kinship of up to four to five hundred families in Maskwacis and family trees, Jerry Roasting talked about Cree Culture and syllabics. Samson and Provincial Archives of Alberta were here," she listed the presenters. Other important reason for this four day institute of learning is to educate. Educate about treaties and lands, natural law, to improve communication skills and to create opportunity, as well as to identify barriers at work, empowerment, and to encourage literacy.

"The motivation in adults was interesting to see. Control of the teachings was in the hands of the learners," Manisha expressed in response to the workshop. "Nobody is offering a holistic approach across different knowledge agencies such as research archives, libraries and records management," She indicated. Resilience within the community has given Manisha Khetarpal the inspirations to provide these knowledge services at MCC.

"People are intelligent. You just have to take the time to learn to be successful in the academic world. Which means time management, scheduling and having the skills to research and write," Manisha shared on behalf of her own knowledge and skill. "That is why I do these informative workshops and literacy programs," she proudly stated.

All workshops are highly ranked according to the feedback from surveying and sharing circles. The First Nations Knowledge Services without Borders workshop is one of several opportunities to engage education with Maskwacis Cultural College. The collaborations of professional institutes from non-Indigenous to our own cultural teachings are definitely a Knowledge Service without Borders. There is much to know, and how to know will be up to you. –Nicole Johnson-Mined
"I presented about the Cree Kinship system practiced by members of the Markakis community. I displayed over 50 cultural crafts. These crafts were the work of my students. The crafts were arranged by elementary, junior high, senior high, and college.

The best part was the learning and openness of non-natives to learn about the Cree culture to enhance their understanding of who we are as Cree people and I want to send a special thank you to all the presenters and participants and especially to Manisha for all the work she does to promote Cree culture and to bring together two groups as one." Rita Cutknife, Markakis.

"Thanks a lot for the lead -- I will definitely pass it on to our student journalists."
-Brad Clark, Mount Royal University Faculty of Communication Studies.

"Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to share my research with the gathering. Also, please accept my sincere gratitude for your kindness and courtesies. My kids really loved the books and have actually finished reading a couple of them." 
-Karim Tharani, University of Saskatchewan
-Article by Nicole Johnson-Minde/photos provided by Manisha Khetarpal

Monday, 18 April 2016

Feedback from presenter, participant, observer

I am a cree syllabics instructor. I spoke about syllabics and it was kisemanto who gave us the ability to write in syllabics through the stars (acakosak). The cree language is so descriptive and harmonic. It is like singing. I feel asleep even the ladies started laughing at me! One of the Cree presenter was so soft that I closed my eyes.
Without sounding prejudice three was too many white people. There was a lots to say from a lot of people. It was not just one person. 
In terms of content about residential schools and treaties. It was a big lie by the government. I grew up in a house with 11 people at home. So, when I wen to residential school I had a bed and I got to play with a mall. There was also some positives about the residential school. The way I see it, monias butter you up and nothing comes out.
It was not the just the nuns, priests who were abusive; it was also older girls and boys. The older students thought is was a perfectly acceptable behaviour. We were never meant to be in an environment where 150 people would be at the same time. It was not all bad. Their was some good also. 
Maskiki. Gun does not kill people. People use the gun and kill people. Our language is our identity. Blackfoot recognize this that we spoke a different language and we heard it. Ministik-big island.
Jerry Roasting, Instructor

Presenter feedback

 "In terms of feedback, I enjoyed the collegial and open dialogue at the end of my presentation.  I also appreciate that the technology worked seamlessly."
Louise Reimer, Presenter, Community led library service, Edmonton Public Library

Participant feedback, "It is interesting to see EPL making digital literacy part of the core library service."

Faculty participant: Reinforcing our learning

I am a instructor. I attended the information literacy session.  We were talking about the source and could you rely on the source because each of us has a bias. We did a group discussion and presented about the ACRL framework to the audience. 
This exercised reinforced what I already knew about the artifacts and the oral style of learning. Each era had its own influences and that's something we need to be reminded about. It made me realize how I have to focus on many aspects when you are recording history.
I enjoyed the institute and was able to attend only one session because of my teaching commitments. I heard from the participants that the institute was helpful, informative and an aha movement for some of them.
Linda Zerbe, Instructor

Feedback from Cree Culture presenter, observer

I presented about the Cree Kinship system practiced by members of the Maskwacis community. I displayed over 50 cultural crafts. These crafts were the work of my students. The crafts were arranged by elementary, junior high, senior high, and college. The positive feedback from participants that the participants felt welcome and part of our family.
I observed that at the end of the last day, the way the people came together and were relaxed. I observed people were asking a lot of questions, engaged. A lively discussion between non natives and natives. 
The best part was the learning and openness of non natives to learn about the Cree culture to enhance their understanding of who we are as Cree people and I want to send a special thank you to all the presenters and participants and especially to Manisha for all the work she does to promote Cree culture and to bring together two groups as one.
Rita Cutknife

Connections by a participant

Thanks a lot for the lead -- I will definitely pass it on to our student journalists.



    Brad Clark, DComm
    Associate Professor, Chair
    Journalism; Broadcast Media Studies
    Faculty of Communication Studies
    Mount Royal University
    4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
    Calgary, AB, Canada T3E 6K6
    (403) 440-5696

Feedback from the Panel facilitator and presenter

Besides feeling a bit scared of being on the panel, I'm very glad that it all worked out. When I knew I had 10 minutes, I thought to myself. I have to only point out only, speak in outline form only. After I finished, I still found I missed 2 areas that I should have addressed. All went well, the audience was so respectful and attentive. They asked questions when they could and I got connected to three people.

One from Mount Royal and there was another from Calgary. I think the organization was Calgary Learns and the third was from Edmonton Public School/Alberta Distance Learning. Thanks so much Manisha, you are doing such a fantastic job in all workshops that you do. 

There was so much engagement going on in the days that you had people on the panel. When I had to fill in for Jerry S. that is when I felt that I could add to my panel presentation. We live and learn, otherwise, Manisha your presenters were very exciting to listen to. So much collaboration. Great job.

I would be happy to do a panel again sometime, just let me know. You also know how to get me, even though my schedule doesn't allow us time to do so. lol.

Yvonne Saddleback

Friday, 15 April 2016

Feedback from student presenter

Was a pleasure presenting with Dr. Yun about the library review, thanks for the opportunity!

Leanna Three Suns

About Me

Expand library services for indigenous populations and special abilities segment