Pre-Gathering Workshops

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops that provide practical skills for researching, preserving, or sharing Indigenous histories.

Registered attendees will be invited to RSVP for their preferred workshop 3 weeks before the gathering.

Accessing records at LAC: Indigenous initiatives, partnerships, and resources

This workshop will present, in three sections, recent work at Library and Archives Canada.

  1. We Are Here: Sharing Stories is a digitization initiative focusing on digitizing and making available collections of particular interest to Indigenous communities. Recent work will be presented along with information on how to access it. The project team will also highlight their archival work regarding reparative description and the development of policies regarding access to sensitive records.
  2. LAC has several recent partnering arrangements to share and highlight, including, among others, the Treaty 3 visit to its home territory, a storage arrangement with the Manitoba Métis Federation, and a work plan with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
  3. Representatives of LAC’s ATIP and Research Support units will provide updates and answer questions.

The Sixties Scoop, Reconciliation & Indigenous Child Welfare: a walk through the 2024 Grant Program of the National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation of Canada

This session will initially be led by the Wayne Garnons-Williams, Acting CEO of the National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation of Canada where he will explore the history of the Sixties Scoop, Reconciliation and Indigenous Child Welfare in North America followed by the Foundation Director of Programs of the Foundation, Kamal Hossain, who will take us on a deep dive into the process and procedures of the 2024 Grant Program of the National Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation of Canada.

LAC Speakers

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Kirstei Abbott

Specialized Media Archival Assistant

Archival Assistant

Archivist

Director General, Outreach and Engagement Branch

Director General, ATIP Branch

Director of Research Support and Regional Services

Acting Director of Indigenous Initiatives

Associate Professor of Anthropology

NSSHFC Speakers

Wayne Garnons-Williams

Wayne Garnons-Williams

Kamal Hossain

Kamal Hossain

Kirstei Abbott

Kirstei Abbott

Specialized Media Archival Assistant

Kirstei Abbott is an Algonquin-Anishinaabekwe mixed settler from Bonnechere Algonquin First Nations. She is the Specialized Media Archival Assistant for the We Are Here, Sharing Stories Indigenous Digital Access Project. She is a professor at Algonquin College with the General Arts and Science Indigenous Studies program teaching Introduction to Genealogy. Kirstei is also a graduate student in the Master of Arts Canadian Studies program at Carleton University focusing on Indigenous data sovereignty and decolonizing archival practices.

Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher

Assistante aux archives

Mark Boucher est l’un des membres les plus récents de l’équipe We Are Here, Sharing Stories. Il a rejoint l’équipe en février en tant qu’assistant archiviste et est impatient d’en apprendre le plus possible avant que le projet ne prenne fin en mars 2025. Mark est titulaire de deux diplômes de l’université de Carleton, l’un en sociologie, avec une mineure en études sur la sexualité, et l’autre en psychologie. Ses connaissances et son expérience sont un atout pour l’équipe, car elles lui permettent d’apporter un point de vue différent lors des réunions d’équipe et du processus de prise de décision. Dans ses temps libres, il aime lire, écrire des histoires, dessiner des tatouages et passer du temps avec ses amis et sa famille.

Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher

Archival Assistant

Mark Boucher is one of the newest members of the We Are Here, Sharing Stories team. Having just joined the team in February, as an Archival Assistant, he is eager to learn as much as possible before the project sunsets in March 2025. Mark has two degrees from Carleton University, one in Sociology, with a minor in sexuality studies, and one in Psychology. His knowledge and experience are an asset to the team as they allow him to bring a different perspective during team meetings and in the decision making process. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing stories, designing tattoos, and spending time with his friends and family.

Delia Chartrand

Delia Chartrand

Archivist

Delia Chartrand is a member of the Metis Nation and the Project Coordinator for We Are Here, Sharing Stories. She is a mother of two, who was born and raised in northern Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg with her family. She has a Master’s in Archival Studies from the University of Manitoba. Prior to her current position with Library and Archives Canada she worked as a regional archivist on the Listen Hear Our Voices initiative, facilitating community based archival projects. She has a background in community based research, working collaboratively with Elders to decolonize the representation of Indigenous art, history and culture, and to develop culturally proficient frameworks for heritage institutions.

Maryse Laflamme

Maryse Laflamme

Director General, Outreach and Engagement Branch

Maryse Laflamme holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Université de Montréal. She has been serving as the Director General of the Outreach and Engagement branch since February 2024. Her team includes Indigenous Initiatives, Partnerships and Community Engagement and Programming. Maryse has over 20 years of experience in the library and archives sector, including a decade in managerial positions.

Kristina Lillico

Kristina Lillico

Director General, ATIP Branch

Director General, ATIP Branch, Library and Archives Canada Kristina Lillico holds an honours degree in History from Queen’s University and a Masters’ in Public Administration in Management from Dalhousie University. She has been with LAC since 2004, and has worked in many different areas at LAC, including Partnerships, Policy, Grants and Contributions, Private Archives, Government Archives, Information Management initiatives for the Government of Canada, and Regional Services. Since 2016 she has been working with the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) team LAC, first as the Director and now as the Director General.

Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross

Director of Research Support and Regional Services

Andrew Ross is the Director of Research Support and Regional Services at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). His team, which includes the Indigenous Reference Services team, handles reference queries and provides support to departmental researchers in the NCR, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.

Jessica Squires

Jessica Squires

Acting Director of Indigenous Initiatives

Jessica Squires is the acting Director of Indigenous Initiatives at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). LAC Indigenous Initiatives carries out the projects Listen, Hear Our Voices and We Are Here: Sharing Stories, and coordinated the LAC external Indigenous Advisory Circle.

Andrea Naomi Walsh

Andrea Naomi Walsh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Andrea Walsh is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and the Smyth Chair of Arts and Engagement at the University of Victoria. Trained as a visual artist and printmaker, her research is arts-methods based and focused on visual storytelling through exhibitions and through graphic narratives produced by drawing, printing, and digital imagery. Her work focuses on repatriation of children’s art to Survivors from Indian Residential and Day Schools and working with families and communities to co-create and curate exhibitions and education opportunities with the artworks. Alongside Alberni Indian Residential School Survivors, Walsh has worked in collaboration with Dr. Jamie Trepanier at the Canadian Museum of History to teach stories of repatriation as reconciliation through exhibitions and education platforms. She has collaborated with families from the Osoyoos Indian Band for over 24 years on the story of the Inkameep Day School.

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