Steering Committee

The Indigitization Program is a B.C. based collaborative initiative between Indigenous communities and organizations, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Museum of Anthropology, Northern BC Archives (UNBC), and the School for Library, Archival and Information Studies, to facilitate capacity building in Indigenous information management. The Program’s Steering Committee is made up of the following members:

Alissa Cherry

Alissa is the Research Manager at the UBC Museum of Anthropology and sits on the Indigitization Steering Committee.  While UBCIC Resource Centre Director, she completed numerous digitization projects and her past work experience includes the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, Xwi7xwa Library, and serving as librarian in Yellowstone National Park.


Sarah Dupont

Sarah Dupont, Métis, is from Prince George, B.C. and is the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at UBC Library. Sarah’s role is shared between the Xwi7xwa Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. As the Program Manager for Indigitization, Sarah’s work includes grant program development and implementation, community outreach and support, and all other things operational for the program.


Erica Hernandez-Read

Erica Hernández-Read, an archivist with the Northern BC Archives and Special Collections at the University of Northern British Columbia, has spent the last 12 years advocating for a participatory and community-archiving approach to knowledge building, and for the greater inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented peoples within Canada’s archival system. Ms. Hernandez-Read is Chair of the Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives, member of the Indigitization Program Steering Committee, and Co-Lead of the Indigenous Knowledge, Language & Cultural Memory team of the Indigenous Matters Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.


Gerry Lawson

Gerry is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation and manages the Oral History and Language Lab at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. He is the Indigitization Technology Lead, sits on the Program’s Steering Committee and helped to develop the digitization resources that grew into the Indigitization Grant Program.


Lisa Nathan

Lisa Nathan is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration at the UBC’s iSchool. Through a range of collaborative projects she strives to (re)imagine and (re)design information practices, ways of managing information, to address long-term societal challenges (e.g., decolonization, social justice, environmental resilience).


Ramona Rose

Ramona Rose, M.A., MMst, is the Head of the Northern BC Archives (NBCA) & Special Collections unit of the Geoffrey Weller Library at the University of Northern British Columbia. Ramona has almost 30 years of heritage and cultural collections management experience in both academic and public archives and regional museums. The NBCA has been partnering with several First Nations communities and organizations in Northern BC over the last 10+ years to provide consultation on preservation of their community heritage holdings. In particular NBCA has created ‘in-trust’ holding agreements so that First Nations communities can manage and preserve their own records held at UNBC. Ramona has presented about this collaboration both at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries & Museums conference (Portland, 2009) and at the Indigitization Futures Forum (UBC, 2016). Northern BC Archives hosted its first Indigitization Training Program in 2017 for the regional Indigitization Program grant recipients and Ramona is looking forward to participating again in the upcoming training program. Along with her archivist colleague Erica Hernandez-Read, they are UNBC’s representatives on the Indigitization Steering Committee.


Gordon Yusko

Gordon Yusko, Assistant Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, focuses on enhancement of the Learning Centre’s and UBC Library’s province-wide community engagement efforts through innovative programs and partnerships, both off and on campus. In that role he prioritizes the following three areas: lifelong learning; community development in BC’s rural and northern regions; and open access to scholarly resources by groups and individuals beyond UBC’s two campuses. He leads a small team working on community engagement programs and initiatives; and he collaborates in oversight of the Learning Centre’s physical learning environment.

Earlier in his career he was a reference librarian at the BC Legislative Library in Victoria providing direct service to Cabinet, government and media clients.  Subsequently he was a Library Consultant with the Province, with liaison responsibilities in the West and East Kootenay regions and the Sunshine Coast. Gordon joined the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre team in March 2012, after a decade in Silicon Valley as a member of the senior management group of the San José Public Library.