As referenced in the Truth and Reconciliation’s call to action, museums and archives play a critical role in telling Canadian and Indigenous history, which has not always been accurately told in this country. To do this, museums and archives need to authentically represent the Indigenous voice in museum and archive spaces. In this series, we intend to intersect with Indigenous knowledge and explore Indigenous recommendations and current Indigenous practice used in museums and archives. This series is supported by a grant from the BC Museums Association, which presents the opportunity to focus on synergies and intersections of museums and archives. Presenters include professionals with expertise and interest in museums and archives. The first two sessions provide shared concepts and stories for exploring these themes, while the third event is more interactive.
EVENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of these events is to be a starting point of dialogue for museum professionals to ask and consider how to reflect Indigenous experiences, worldviews, culture, interpretations, and inherent ways of knowing more accurately in a museum setting.
About this Part 2 of this webinar series:
This webinar will examine the ideology of decolonization as a current movement in museums and archives. This webinar will reflect more on the current activities surrounding decolonizing museums and archives today rather than providing concrete answers. I.e. what are some dialogues relating to decolonizing? Ideologies? Professional insight? What have been some of the most important and impactful changes in decolonizing museums to date? How do the panelists position themselves in this topic and any other relative insights they might have?
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About the Presenters:
PhD Student, New York University | Independent curator
Jordan Wilson is an emerging curator and writer and is currently a PhD student in Anthropology at New York University. He is a member of the Musqueam First Nation. Prior to starting graduate studies, Wilson was a Curatorial Intern at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (2017-2018). He holds an MA in Anthropology (with a focus on critical museum studies) and a BA in First Nations Studies (now First Nations and Indigenous Studies), both obtained at the University of British Columbia. Wilson was a co-curator of the exhibits cəsnaʔəm, the city before the city (2015) and In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art (2017) at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.
Librarian and Archivist | Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Melissa Adams is the Librarian and Archivist at the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). She is a member of the Nisga’a Nation from the House of Wisin Xbil’tkw of the Gisk’aast (Killerwhale) tribe. Her education background includes History, First Nations Studies and Archival Studies, and she completed the Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices at the Canadian Museum of History. She has previously worked at government, religious, educational and private libraries and archives.
Head, Archives & Special Collections |University of Northern British Columbia
Erica Hernández-Read is Head of the Northern BC Archives & Special Collections at the University of Northern British Columbia. She holds a Master’s degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia and for the past 20 years has focused her work on a participatory and community-archiving approach to knowledge building. Erica is co-Chair of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce, member of the Indigitization Program Steering Committee, and President of the Association of Canadian Archivists (2021-23).
Genevieve Weber, MAS
Acting Head of Archives |Royal BC Museum
Genevieve Weber has been an outreach archivist and community liaison with the BC Archives since 2016. She has the privilege of working with Indigenous communities from all over the province, assisting with research requests, providing access to records, and facilitating workshops on topics such as researching community history and Indigenous genealogy. Other programs delivered include family history workshops, special interest workshops, community tours, introductory class visits, and school activities. She is passionate about engaging people of all ages with the archives, and enjoys public speaking.