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Mi'kmaq & Indigenous Studies: Tools for Information Professionals

This guide was created for students, faculty, administrative staff, and our community members.


Action by Information Professionals(*) at CBU.

The recent findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) have created calls to action across disciplines. Those who work as information professionals in various capacities in academia can play an important role to bridge a collaboration between various sectors on campus or in a community by reducing barriers to access and increasing integration of indigenous knowledge and resources. To maximize the strength of information professionals, it is fundamental for them to first conduct a comprehensive scan or information audit of social/educational resources available across campus as a team. A research team from different sectors at CBU has been sharing strengths to respond to the TRC Calls to Action using a case study method. The  team wants to share our documents below to help our faculty develop their teaching and research, as well as to serve as a professional development tool for other institutions.

1) Mi’kmaq Resource Centre

2) The Beaton Institute

3) MRC & Beaton Collaboration

4) The CBU Library

5) The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) - shows an example for liaison librarians in relation to faculty.

6) Student Services- presents a structured method for indigenization for those in academic administration.

1) Mi’kmaq Resource Centre

Contact: D. Chisholm, Coordinator

2) The Beaton Institute

Contact: Jane Arnold, BA, MLIS, Archivist at the Beaton Institute, CBU

Working Towards a Decolonial Sensibility:

3) MRC & Beaton Collaboration

Work Study Program

The work study program will employ one student for 15 hours per week for a total of 12 weeks and is supervised jointly between the archive and MRC.

A workspace has been established at Unama’ki College rather than only working out of the archive.
The work study will focus on assisting with recent donations of Mi’kmaw song and dance traditions as well as making additional Mi’kmaw content available through the Digital Archives:

5) The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS)

Contact: Dr. Lee-Anne Broadhead, BA (Hons), MA, MLS, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, CBU
Faculty Recommendation to information professionals

6) Student Services

Chantal Phillips, BA, MLIS, Student Placement Officer Experiential Learning, CBU (Her contract position ended on July 31st, 2016)

Who are "information professionals"?

* Our definition of information professionals is a person who holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree or a person who has gained professional experience at work that is similar to a library/archives. At Cape Breton University, like other academic institutions across Canada, information professionals take a variety of positions: librarians, archivists, a Mi’kmaq Centre coordinator, a professor, and a student placement officer. Maximizing their skills and experiences through a collaboration will create a valuable contribution to their own communities.