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kimberly christen

Keynote Address:
Tuesday, May 7 @ 5:00pm

Whitelaw Room 245, McLaughlin Library

A Gift from the Ancestors:
Traditional Knowledge and the Decolonization of Libraries

Kimberly Christen
Washington State University

Decolonization has become a touchpoint for redefining the practices, policies, and procedures within collecting institutions. This talk explores how traditional knowledge can become a point of collaboration between Indigenous, First Nations, Aboriginal and Native American communities and libraries and archives as they work to undo settler histories and recreate libraries and archives as places of relation within networks of obligation and respect.

Dr. Christen directs the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal, a collaboratively curated site of Plateau cultural materials,  of the Mukurtu CMS, a content management system and community digital archive platform built around the particular needs of indigenous peoples globally, and is co-Director with Jane Anderson of Local Contexts, an educational website for innovative traditional knowledge licenses and labels for indigenous cultural heritage.

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The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.