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CP: Canadian universities, colleges working to indigenize programs, campus life

August 28, 2018 — 

As The Canadian Press reports

Canadian universities are addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’s Calls to Actions by decolonizing their libraries. In the report, the efforts of the University of Manitoba are highlighted:

For example, Indigenous history is sometimes classified under the category “Indians of North America” or the word “Indian” is used in some Canadian libraries.

Breaking away from these terms has proven quite difficult in large library systems as there are thousands of headings and subheadings that cannot be changed in an instant with available technology, said Christine Bone, cataloguing librarian at the University of Manitoba, whose research focuses on Indigenous subject headings.

Bone said she is currently working on a project with the Association for Manitoba Archives to find solutions to this issue. She said the project can hopefully be used as a template for other libraries and archives across Canada.

“What we’re doing is adding to the larger work that will benefit everyone,” said Bone, adding that she has already started implementing some minor solutions at the University of Manitoba including adding an “Indigenous Peoples” subject heading to the appropriate catalogue records.

 

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