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Water Protectors: Radical Education for Reconciliation in the Library

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  • This presentation speaks to the curation of “Dispatch from the Frontlines: Water Protection and Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence Along the Athabasca River,” a display created for LIS 598: Indigenous Contexts for Library and Information Studies in Canada. The questions that guide the display, and thus this presentation, include: how do we use library space and resources for reconciliatory education? What learning might facilitate understanding of Indigenous relationality to the land while fostering a sense of land-connectivity for all of us dependent on the survival of the planet? Our display speaks to both a history of Indigenous resistance to colonialism and contemporary (and urgent) manifestations of Indigenous lead climate justice action. “Dispatch from the Frontlines” is informed by the idea that stories, relationships, and direct action, fuel a fundamental connectivity to water, and seeks to humbly honours the work that Indigenous artists, creators, Elders, and activists do to care for the earth. Further, it asked that all of us act from a place of interdependence and connectivity with the waterways that sustain us. Our presentation will speak to the structural challenges of this project, as well as the shift in methodology required to engage with information critical to the display: Indigenous community-lead research-creation, activism, and art. Finally, we will highlight the importance of relationality, both in process and content, in our curation of “Dispatch from the Frontlines.”

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International