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Who Should Attend?

Making Meaning is a conference for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples interested in Indigenous librarianship, community, and metadata. Approximately 90 participants are expected to attend the conference.


What is the Intent?

Through conversation, participants will engage with Indigenous knowledge systems, worldview, and culture. This will aide libraries and librarians to create meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. In addition, participants will leave with consultation and the first steps on how to appropriately represent Indigenous peoples in metadata.


What Can We Expect?

Programming will include: panel discussions on classification schemes and how technology can implement solutions and a sharing circle that will allow for community members to express how the role of libraries has affected learning and access to information in their communities.

Another important component of the event will include a visual element - either art works or a display of selected problematic materials. A visual element will help to remind participants of why examining classification schemes and the language used within them is worthwhile.

The second day will include a session about what Indigenous knowledge is and what Indigenous-led research looks like.

To end, we will gather as a group to discuss what the next steps for each person and organization should be in terms of a broader line of thinking towards decolonization. This could include creating a guide for libraries that are considering undergoing a process such as this one, or beginning a list of problematic subject headings that will need further consultations with the communities.


What Will It Cost?

Attending the symposium will be free of cost!


How Do I Register?

Registration will be announced early next year.