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April Baker (she/her)

Presenting: Developing a Northern Tutchone (Language) Resource

is a citizen of the Selkirk First Nation and works as their Language Coordinator. She coordinates Northern Tutchone Language Revitalization programs and services for her people.

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Cherish Clarke (Any Pronouns/She/Her)

Performing: We will again open this box of knowledge left in our care

is a singer and dancer with the Dakhka Khwaan Dancers. She is the Executive Producer for the documentary Tlatsini, now streaming on CBC GEM. She proudly shares songs and knowledge from her Elders.

Hannah Chipman

Presenting & Discussing: Confessions of a Lone Arranger: Trying to Achieve Big Things with Small Resources

was hired in 2012 by the Edmonton & District Telephone Historical Society to help run tours and work on cataloguing the collection. Within six months the Executive Director had to leave due to health issues and the entire management of the museum was left to her and her co-worker. While her co-worker managed the day-to-day administrative tasks and programming, she was left to manage most of the other duties that the board of directors could not take on. One of her biggest tasks was finding funding for the collection and getting it into a database system. She worked at the museum until 2019, and by that time had gotten 2/3 of the collection completed with photographs, metadata, all other information into the PastPerfect Museum Soft

In March of 2020, after having moved to Sicamous, she started volunteering with the museum. However, Covid shut them down for a few months and she was not able to start any of her collections work again until July. At that point she was approached by the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce about working part-time managing the museum and visitor centre, which share a space. She took the offer and now work several days a week doing work for both sites. It can be hard to manage her time appropriately, but they are working out any issues and have recently had an agreement signed between the museum and Chamber of Commerce outlining their partnership and shared management. But she once again finds herself in a situation where she is the only person in charge of the collection, and the one with the sole responsibility of making sure the museum knows what they have, and how we to find it. But after nearly a decade of experience working alone, she believes she has things to share with those who may be struggling in their own institution.ware.

Alyssa Currie (She/her)

Presenting: Renaming the Past, Reclaiming Their Stories: Indigenous Records Project at the South Peace Regional Archives (SPRA)

is the former Executive Director of the South Peace Regional Archives. She now works as the Executive Director of the Tse’k’wa Heritage Society, an Indigenous-led historic site and non-profit in northern BC.

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Lori Donovan

Presenting: Community Webs: Reimagining Web Archiving and Local History Collecting

is the Community Programs Manager at the Internet Archive, where she runs the Community Webs program and other programs aimed at providing subsidized technical services, digital collections training, and cohort engagement to facilitate the preservation of at-risk and underrepresented local history and cultural heritage content. Lori holds a Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, where she currently teaches a graduate-level course in Web Archiving. Her undergraduate degree in environmental history and lifelong love of family stories and community history fuels her passion for preservation.

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Catherine Falls (she/her)

Presenting: Community Webs: Reimagining Web Archiving and Local History Collecting

works for Internet Archive Canada as a Program Officer with Community Webs. In this role, Catherine helps cultural heritage organizations work with communities to document local history and underrepresented voices through web archiving. She holds Masters degrees in Information and Art History from the University of Toronto. When not at work, she can be found reading, hiking, and spending time with her partner, family and friends. Catherine is a settler living and working on the unceded ancestral territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples, also known as Tovaangar or the Los Angeles Basin.

Vanda Fleury-Green (she)

Performing: Grounded in Roots of Resiliency: Métis Narratives and Lebret Residential School

is a Métis woman from the prairies of western MB. Her ancestral homelands extend from Red River throughout the Assiniboine valley with family roots in Uno, a section on the railway near historic Fort Ellice. Vanda connects to the land through Photo Narrative and her photographs of Birtle Residential School appeared in the magazine, Locale: Bringing Heritage to Life. The lens of resiliency reflects her commitment to community storywork, and she supports other Indigenous voices through her work in video production and documentary heritage. Vanda’s greatest sources of inspiration are her three children and the stories of her ancestors.

Stephanie Friesen (She/Her/Hers)

Presenting: Renaming the Past, Reclaiming Their Stories: Indigenous Records Project at the South Peace Regional Archives (SPRA)

is the Archivist of the South Peace Regional Archives. She holds a Masters in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia and has previous experience working at the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

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Verena Hofmann

Presenting & Discussing: The Ridington Dane-zaa Archive: Reflections on a Winding Path Towards Indigenization, Repatriation, and Digital Storytelling

is the Cultural Heritage & Language Department manager with the Doig River First Nation. Verena’s background is in applied cultural research. Over the last 15 years she has worked on use and occupancy studies and oral history studies with Indigenous communities across Canada and in Australia. Her close relationship with DRFN and the other Dane-zaa communities spans two decades during which she has built close and trusting relationships with the Elders and community members through her work on oral history and traditional use studies.

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Nyla Klugie-Migwans

Presenting: Searching for our Heritage Database

is a member of the Selkirk First Nation of Yukon Territory and Tłı̨chǫ Nation of NWT and comes from the wolf clan. One of her passions is to learn the Selkirk and Tłı̨chǫ cultural and traditional ways. Knowing who you are and where you come from are important lessons of life. She ensures that she teaches this to her family and others in the community. It’s important to know and understand the cultural and spiritual practices to help individuals and community to heal. Ceremony has inspired Nyla to learn from past elders and teachers. She has gain knowledge to know the importance of these sacred ways. She is honored to be here today to share with others in the community. We all can play an important role to inspire each other’s and support each other’s in learning and inspiring change.

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Dave Lang

Presenting & Discussing: The Ridington Dane-zaa Archive: Reflections on a Winding Path Towards Indigenization, Repatriation, and Digital Storytelling

is a graduate student working on a Masters in History at the University of Victoria. He has completed a series of archival training courses with the Archives Association of British Columbia, and has a keen interest in digitization in the archives. Dave has worked primarily with images from the RDA. He developed a digitization standard for, and coordinated the digitization of, approximately 4,000 slides, negatives, and prints.

Ramona Litwinowich (she/her)

Presenting & Discussing: The Ridington Dane-zaa Archive: Reflections on a Winding Path Towards Indigenization, Repatriation, and Digital Storytelling

is a graduate student currently completing a dual masters in Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies at UBC. She has an interest in community archives and Indigenous information protocols. She has worked with the Ridington Dane-zaa Collection as an archivist helping develop a metadata structure, collection documentation, and archival arrangement and description.

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Celia Nord

Presenting: Sharing experience, not information: Interesting Times in First Nations Archives in BC

has 27 years of experience in cultural heritage management, including museums and archives (First Nations and community museums), First Nations Studies, teaching, archaeology (First Nations and Cultural Resource Management), research and First Nations Title & Rights.

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Susan Parsons

Presenting: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Tr’ëhudè and the Path towards Values Based Archival Stewardship

is a heritage specialist with experience working in collaboration with governments and agencies primarily in Yukon including 19 years working as a heritage steward for the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in government and community in Dawson City. Susan strives to bridge the gap between western and First Nation worldviews within the context of archives and collections practice.

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Denée Renouf (She/Her)

Presenting: Archival Access versus Indigenous Sovereignty

is the Archive Manager for the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Archives at the Treaty 8 Tribal Association located in Fort St. John, British Columbia. She holds a BA of Environment with a Major in Archaeology, a Minor in First Nations Studies and a Certificate of Cultural Resource Management from Simon Fraser University, as well as a MA of History from the University of Waterloo. Denée has been working with the cultural heritage of the Peace River region since before graduating from Simon Fraser University, and began working with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association in 2017 when she became the Archivist for the South Peace Historical Society in Dawson Creek. In the summer of 2020, she was hired as an archival consultant for the TARR Department at the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, and was later hired as the full time archive manager. Since beginning her position, she has been working toward developing the TARR Archive into an evolving resource for the communities of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association.

Amber Ridington (she / her)

Presenting & Discussing: The Ridington Dane-zaa Archive: Reflections on a Winding Path Towards Indigenization, Repatriation, and Digital Storytelling

is a folklorist who has more than twenty years of experience collaborating with Indigenous communities to design, curate, and produce digital heritage projects. She served as the Project Development Manager for RavenSpace publishing, a digital publishing platform for Indigenous Scholarship launched in 2019 by UBC Press and University of Washington Press. Her work has been recognized by the Society for Visual Anthropology’s 2008 Jean Rouch Award for participatory media production for the collaborative virtual exhibition directed by project collaborator Doig River First Nation: Dane Wajich: Dane-zaa Stories and Songs – Dreamers and the Land. Amber holds an MA in folklore from Western Kentucky University, and her doctoral work in folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland focuses on Dane-zaa use of new technologies in their dreamers’ song practice. Important to this project, Amber has had a life-long connection to Dane-zaa communities as the daughter of anthropologists Antonia Mills and Robin Ridington and has been working collaboratively with the Dane-zaa collection and Dane-zaa communities since 2002.

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Victoria Sears (she/her)

Presenting: Developing a Northern Tutchone (Language) Resource

is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working with the Yukon Native Language Centre and Selkirk First Nation to support Northern Tutchone language programming and initiatives.

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Martina Volfova (her)

Presenting: Remembering Ancestral Voices: Indigenous Languages in the Archives

is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her primary research interests include issues concerning the reclamation, revitalization, maintenance, and most recently, documentation of Indigenous languages. She has been using film, photography, and audio recording to carry out a community-based, collaborative research, focusing on the documentation of everyday practices and activities to produce not only holistic language documentation materials, but also innovative, culturally appropriate, and visually engaging language learning resources. Martina has a background in linguistics, language teaching, and language curriculum development. In 2014, her research interests brought her to Watson Lake, Yukon, where she began working with Kaska Dene in their efforts to document and revitalize the Kaska language. Currently, Martina serves as the director of the Liard First Nation Language Department. In her free time, Martina loves spending time outside, especially hiking and skiing in the nearby mountains. She enjoys photography and has been captivated by the beauty of the Kaska territory ever since she arrived. One of Martina’s favourite things to do is picking berries with Kaska Elders and listening to their stories.

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Mariella Wentzell

Performing: We will again open this box of knowledge left in our care

speaks and writes English and French. She is going into Grade 9. Her Tlingit name is Daxla and she is Yanyedi (Wolf) Clan like her Mother, Cherish. Daxla is proud to share part of what she has learned within the Tlingit Language since mid-2020.

Joanne Williams

Performing: We will again open this box of knowledge left in our care

was taught bentwood box making by the late Elizabeth Nyman. She is Kookitaan (Crow) Clan. She shares her firsthand perspectives on Indigenous art and preservation of culture and heritage of Tlingits and Pacific Northwest Art.