Healing Centered Engagement in Archives

  • 13 Mar 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This online panel discussion, hosted by the Association for Manitoba Archives, will include a discussion of the archival experiences of both archivists and non-archivists, and will focus on how archivists and records professionals can center healing and trauma-informed practices in their engagement with archival users and within their own work.

We will also be offering a half-day workshop on this same topic, taking place in Winnipeg on Thursday, March 28, 2024. Registration information, including information on the availability of rural travel subsidies, will be sent to AMA members shortly

Vanessa Anakwudwabisayquay Cook is from the Mikinaak (Turtle) and Doud Clans, Vanessa has aligned her heart and mind to work for The People. Vanessa is a ShkaabeKwe (Helper) in all circles of her life including as an Indigenous Sexual Health Facilitator, an Adult Educator for social change with Righting Relations and as a member of Red Tent which provides anti-oppression education. She has delivered thousands of workshops on decolonizing mental health, substance use and relationships.

Vanessa is employed at Wa-say Healing Centre as a Cultural Support Provider. She prides herself on Indigenous education, graduating from Children of the Earth High School and obtaining a First Nation Counselling Degree (Brandon University.) Her highest education comes from Sundance/Fasting ceremonies, time spent in nature and with the very best teachers, the Elders, Medicine People and Family who grace her life. She is a Mother of two and an Aunty to many.

Mary Jane Logan McCallum is a Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People, History, and Archives at the University of Winnipeg. Her work focuses on modern Indigenous history especially in the areas of health, education and labour. She is the author of Nii Ndahlohke: Boys’ and Girls’ Work at Mount Elgin Industrial School 1890-1915 (2022); Indigenous Women, Work and History 1940-1980 (2014), and Twice As Good: A History of Aboriginal Nurses (2007). She is the co-author with Adele Perry of Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City (2018) and with the Manitoba Indigenous History Research Project of the Missing Patients Research Guide that provides step-by-step information about how to research records relating the burial of missing loved ones who went to Indian hospitals and sanatoriums in Manitoba but did not return. She is also on the Editorial Board of ShekonNeechie.ca, an Indigenous History website.

Samantha Booth (she/her) graduated from the Archival Studies program at the University of Manitoba in 2020 with a thesis on what settler colonial archivists and archival institutions can do to support Indigenous language maintenance and resurgence. She has worked at the Archives of Manitoba, Hudson's Bay Company Archives, the University of Manitoba, and most recently, in access and reference at the NCTR. She is currently an archivist in the Government Records Service for the Province of BC.

This event is co-sponsored by the Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre.

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