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Friday, June 14 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Plenary Address - Sarah Dupont

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Accelerating Allyship: Indigenization, Decolonization, and Reconciliation in Librarianship

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released its summary findings report. Stories of starvation, assimilation, and cultural and physical genocide towards Indigenous children, who were government-mandated participants in the Indian Residential School system, were laid painfully bare. In our collective sadness, and, for many, shock, our Nation was asked to bear witness to this truth and to begin a journey toward reconciliation. 94 Calls to Action were put forth by the TRC and since then, the library and archival professions have mobilized towards meaningful responses to the calls in local and national contexts.
With foundation-building work needed on personal, spiritual, and professional levels for many information professionals about Indigenous histories and current contexts, Indigenous librarians and archivists are increasingly called upon to assist their colleagues in learning what public schools previously failed to teach. This conversation will connect concepts of allyship to examples from practice so that participants can begin to support and extend the capacity of Indigenous colleagues from a place of humble understanding and respect. The work of the Xwi7xwa Library and the Indigitization program offer insights to the work of Indigenization and Decolonization, as well as a pathway for the work of Reconciliation in library settings.

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Sarah Dupont

Aboriginal Engagement Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library, First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia
Sarah Dupont serves as the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the Xwi7xwa Library, First Nations House of Learning and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia. Her work includes projects such as the Indigitization program, public services, and coordinating the annual Indigenous (Un)History Month exhibition. She is also the Coordinator of the iSchool’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration, and recently co-instructed its only Indigenous information course. Sarah is the convenor of the F... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom