The Indigitization Futures Forum, which was held in June 2016, brought together community-based information, academics, and a wider community of specialists. This emerging network supports context-appropriate information practices within Indigenous communities.
Academic ways of managing information are firmly rooted in Western knowledge systems, which often conflict with Indigenous ways of knowing. Through the development of digitization grants and workshops, the Indigitization program has helped Indigenous communities archive their media in relevant and inventive ways. To continue to thrive, the program requires community. The Forum was vital in gathering these responses.
As communities are working to bring their analogue media into the digital realm, their insights and questions inform the development of practices that meet the needs of Indigenous communities. Those working in the academic context do not have ready-made solutions for these obstacles. It is only by working together, sharing ideas, and learning from false starts and successes that new, “disruptive” community-based information practices can be developed. At the Futures Forum, the Indigitization program and community members investigated how information management is transformed in this context.
Stories From the Forum
- Lunchtime Keynote Address – Digital Futures: Indigenous Language Revitalization in the 21st CenturyDr. Candace Kaleimamwoowahinekapu Galla, PhD Language & Literacy Education, UBC; Dr. Mark Turin, PhD First Nations & Endangered Languages, UBC
- Panel #1: Hearing the Past and Speaking About the FutureJoey Caro, Hul’qumi’num Treaty; Dr. Bernice Touchie, Language Coordinator Ittatsoo Learning Centre; Rory Housty Resource Centre Research Assistant Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre
- Panel #2: Rights, Policy, and GovernanceSherry Strump, Tsilhqot’in National Government; Bella Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in National Government; David Schaepe, Director, Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre; Kate Hennessy, Simon Fraser University
- Panel #3: Keeping it all together: Information systems and content managementAlissa Cherry, Research Manager, Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives, Museum of Anthropology, UBC; Elizabeth Shaffer, Director of Collections, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre; Amber Ridington, Folk & Heritage Consultant and Doctoral Candidate, Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Michael Wynne, Digital Applications Librarian, Washington State University
- Panel #4: Connecting and revitalizing: making media work for the communityMarianne Ignace, Simon Fraser University; Aaron Leon, Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn; Marvin Williams, Indigenous Planning Facilitator, Lake Babine Nation Treaty Office; Ramona Rose, Northern BC Archives, UNBC