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From Food to Monument Oral Histories Wikipedia Edit-a-thon w. Aylan Couchie

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Midland Public Library

320 King Street

Midland, ON L4R 3M6

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A compliment to the Indigenous peoples of North America Wikiproject, a project created “to improve, maintain, and organize the information in articles related to Indigenous peoples of North America, “ Aylan Couchie, Quest Art School & Gallery & the Midland Public Library invite people from across Turtle Island to participate in the Food to Monument: Northern Retellings Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. An event aiming to acknowledge the importance and validity of Indigenous oral histories, this intervention is a chance to contribute at a grassroots level towards Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation by responding to the

Education Call to Action #62 ii

[…] integrate Indigenous knowledge […]

&

Commemoration Call to Action #79 ii.

[…] integrate Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.

Who’s invited?

Indigenous Elders and storytellers are invited to share stories so that editors may populate important indigenous sites on Wikipedi. Contributors may share their stories in person or send in recordings for transcription.

Editors from all cultural backgrounds, gender identities and expressions are invited to work in collaboration with the Elders and storytellers to populate Wikipedia with Indigenous perspectives to offer pre-colonial, decolonial and post-colonial content as reference material on topics related to the indigenous histories and culture of Canada.

*Children over the age of 14 are welcome to participate with adult supervision.

How will it work?

No Wikipedia editing experience is necessary – however participants are encouraged to bring a laptop and create a Wikipedia account in advance. Participants are also asked to read a small essay about Oral Histories (https://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/oral_traditions/) introduced by Stephen J. Augustine, Hereditary Chief and Keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and written by Erin Hanson.

Schedule of Activities

10:00 am Welcome and Introduction to the Midland Library by Community Engagement Co-ordinator, Faith Roebuck Shergold to review technology and resources available to participants.

10: 30 am Oral presentation by Aylan Couchie, Anishinaabe artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation

11:00 – 3:45 pm Collaborative listening and editing of Wikipedia pages (lunch & snacks as needed)

3:45 – 4:00 pm Opportunity to quietly or verbally share personal reflections on experience


Facilities / Resources / Technology

The Midland Library will have a bank of six computers available onsite. Register for the event online and to reserve one of six computers at the library, please email Faith Roebuck Shergold (fshergold@midlandlibrary.com)

Facilitator Bio:

Aylan Couchie received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her studies on Indigenous monument and public art. Her work explores the impacts of colonialism on First Nations people as well as issues of cultural appropriation and representation. From Nippissing First Nation, Couchie has been the recipient of several awards including an “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges. Her work has been shown internationally and her public art installations can be found in the City of Barrie and Halifax International Airport.

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