About the Organizers

Sheila Laroque is originally from Saskatoon, Treaty 6 territory. She completed her BA from the University of Saskatchewan, and completed an MI from University of Toronto's iSchool. She is happy to be back in Treaty 6 territory; and is passionate about making library services and systems more accessible and relevant to Indigenous people.


Tanya Ball was born in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory. She received her MA in the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies with a specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Alberta. She received her MLIS at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Currently, she is working as an Academic Librarian Resident at HT Coutts Education & Physical Education Library and with UAL Indigenous Initiatives.


Kayla Lar-Son is a second year MLIS student at the University of Alberta, and a proud member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. Kayla is also a Indigenous Intern with University of Alberta libraries and is currently located in Rutherford Social Sciences and Humanities Library.


Eric Leonhardt was born in Drumheller, and completed his LIT diploma from MacEwan University in 2015. He is currently working at the University of Alberta, while pursuing a greater understanding of social justice and what libraries can do to support our communities.


Sharon Farnel is Metadata Coordinator at the University of Alberta Libraries, and a part-time Interdisciplinary PhD student researching the development of a framework for designing and applying culturally aware and appropriate metadata in digital libraries.


Anne Carr-Wiggin coordinates Indigenous initiatives at the University of Alberta Libraries, including the First Nations Information Connection and the Indigenous Internship. She serves on the Guiding Council of RISE Edmonton and is a team co-lead on the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Anne thanks her Indigenous friends and colleagues who have generously enabled her to learn more about their communities.