Reconciliation at heart of LAC forum with university partners

On November 6, 2017, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will hold the first forum with its university partners on the theme of “Exploring decolonization on the road to reconciliation.”

This event will bring together LAC’s university partners and a wide range of participants, including college and university students, faculty members, Indigenous community members, public servants, university librarians and archivists, and other information professionals. The forum is open to the public.

The forum will be an opportunity for the university partners to share and discuss innovative projects and initiatives related to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. By providing a platform for dialogue, the forum will support the advancement of reconciliation thinking and actions within academic and memory institutions. It will also provide an opportunity for LAC to deepen its relationships with many universities across Canada.

The forum on reconciliation will be held at LAC’s 395 Wellington Street location in downtown Ottawa. Simultaneous translation will be available throughout the event. Admission is free, but as seating is limited, we ask participants to register in advance: bac.rsvpseminaire-seminarrsvp.lac@canada.ca.

The keynote speaker will be Camille Callison, of the Tsesk iye (Crow) Clan of the Tahltan Nation. Ms. Callison is the Indigenous Services Librarian/Liaison Librarian for Anthropology, Native Studies and Social Work and a member of the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the University of Manitoba. She also sits on the Indigenous Matters Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Memory of the World Committee and Sector Commission on Culture, Communications and Information.

Over the past three years, LAC has developed close collaborations with Canadian universities, signing nine bilateral agreements with eight of them. These memoranda of understanding are with Queen’s University, the University of Ottawa, the University of Victoria (two agreements), the University of Manitoba, Western University, Dalhousie University, Université Laval and the Université de Montréal (École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information [school of library and information science]). The agreements enable collaboration between LAC and its university partners to support academic advancement, research practices and technological developments, and to promote Canadian documentary heritage.

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