Forum Session 2: Canada’s New Canoe – Indigenous Library Services
Saturday May 11, 2013
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Cultural Arts Center
Presenter: Camille Callison
Libraries play a central role in the preservation of Indigenous knowledge by gathering in all possible sources of written and oral history about that Indigenous history, culture and language and have become a very important part of the reclamation of Indigenous culture, language, art and history while preserving this information in our communities continued use and enjoyment while facilitating intergenerational transfer of knowledge. New and innovative methods are being implemented at the University of Manitoba to overcome barriers, provide access and meet the unique needs of the Indigenous students and faculty thereby strengthen relationships with diverse groups and creating a culture of inclusion. Language and knowledge preservation collection development through collection development as well as promoting Indigenous knowledge and scholarship passing on Indigenous knowledge utilizes both modern and traditional ways of teaching and in essence becomes a “new canoe” used to carry Indigenous knowledge, language and culture to future generations.