Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
Volunteered - Oral Presentation Session
Over the last decade, we have seen substantive movement as it relates to Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge located in archives being held in mainstream archives, libraries and cultural memory institutions. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report and Calls to Action have prompted and provided the catalyst for change. There is critical need to create a community of practice and rethink protocols around the sharing, teaching and intergenerational transfer of knowledge and imbedding Indigenous epistemologies while honouring Indigenous voices and relationships by indigenized cultural memory praxis. As an Indigenous (Tahltan) cultural activist, my responsibilities include exploring the relationality and interconnectedness of Indigenous knowledge while attempting to unsettle, disrupt and sometimes dismantle existing frameworks and pedagogy to examine how to respectfully engage cultural memory professionals and academics work with Indigenous communities and their knowledge. The inclusion of Indigenous epistemology and methodologies into an ethical curriculum creating a synergistic model that integrates a multiplicity of ways of knowing that can lay the groundwork and create a space for knowledge to be preserved and shared in its unbiased entirety is crucial for meaningful change moving forward.