2019 University Librarian's Lecture

Building Reconciliation through the Archive: the past, present, and future of Indigenous documentary heritage.

A conversation with Carey Newman, Shelagh Rogers, and Ry Moran.

imageThursday, April 4, 2019

6 - 8 p.m.

Reception 5:30 p.m.

First Peoples House

University of Victoria

Archives related to the Indigenous peoples of Canada have a past; they have a present; they have a future – and the three are patently NOT the same according to Ry Moran, Carey Newman, and Shelagh Rogers.   The panel will invite the audience to join them in considering the implications for Canada’s documentary heritage in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations.

In an increasingly digital world, is the power of the physical object obscured by its digital surrogate?  Does ceremony have a role in animating the archive?  What is the relationship between documents and their oral history, and their connection to land and historical context?  Should documentary heritage held by institutions be returned to communities?  Will the destruction of documentary evidence lead to modern versions of past moral and ethical vicissitudes? Can how we approach Indigenous archives deepen our understanding of the meaning of truth and reconciliation?

Through conversation and audience engagement, the 2019 University of Victoria University Librarian’s Lecture will surface tensions and explore paths towards the role of archival evidence in shaping a new vision for Canada.

Arrive early as seating is limited. Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Suggested donation of $10 to support the Bruce Parisian Library at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.


 

Shelagh Rogers Biography

Shelagh Rogers is a veteran broadcast-journalist. She is the host and a producer of The Next Chapter, an award winning CBC Radio program devoted to writing in Canada. In 2011, she received an Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and for advocacy in mental health, adult literacy and reconciliation. That same year, she was named an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Rogers is the co-editor of Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School; Reconciliation and the Way Forward; and Speaking My Truth: A Journey to Reconciliation. She was also given the Achievement in the Aboriginal Community award by Native Counselling Services of Alberta. She holds honorary doctorates from six universities, and is the inaugural recipient of the Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy. Rogers is proud to be the Chancellor of the University of Victoria.

 

Ry Moran Biography

As the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), it is Ry Moran’s job to guide the creation of an enduring national treasure – a dynamic Indigenous archive built on integrity, trust and dignity. Ry came to the centre directly from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). On the TRC’s behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and others affected by the residential school system. He was also responsible for gathering the documentary history of the residential school system from more than 20 government departments and nearly 100 church archives – millions of records in all.

Before joining the TRC, Ry was the founder and president of YellowTilt Productions, which delivered services in a variety of areas including Aboriginal language presentation and oral history. He has hosted internationally broadcast television programs, produced national cultural events, and written and produced original music for children’s television. Ry’s professional skills and creativity have earned him many awards, including a National Aboriginal Role Model Award, and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Ry is a proud member of the Métis Nation.

 

Carey Newman Biography

Carey Newman or Hayalthkin’geme is a multi-disciplinary artist and master carver. Through his father he is Kwakwak’awakw from the Kukwekum, Giiksam, and WaWalaby’ie clans of Fort Rupert, and Coast Salish from Cheam of the Sto:lo Nation along the upper Fraser Valley. Through his mother he is English, Irish, and Scottish. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight either Indigenous, social, or environmental issues.  He is also interested in engaging with community and incorporating socially innovative practice into his artistic process. Carey’s most recent major work, the Witness Blanket, made of items collected from Residential Schools, Government Buildings and Churches across the Canada, deals with the subject of Reconciliation. 

In 2008, Carey was selected as the master carver of the Cowichan 2008 Spirit Pole, a journey that saw him travel the province of BC sharing the carving experience of carving a 20’ totem with over 11,000 people. In 2009, Carey was selected from a national call to artists by VANOC and won the right to create a large installation. His piece entitled “Dancing Wind,” featured during the 2010 Olympic Games, consisted of 4 large panels, made from stainless steel, cedar and glass. He has done work for corporations, government agencies and museums around the world. Recently appointed as the Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria, Carey is continually grateful for the opportunity to explore new ideas.

Carey was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2017 and was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2018.