“New Library Podcast Creates Space for Indigenous Perspectives on Truth”


From the University of Victoria, Canada:

Canada’s genocide is becoming increasingly difficult to deny. So too is the growing recognition that the human rights and perspectives of Indigenous peoples offer solutions to ending endemic violence in Canada. From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the introduction of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia, rights-based solutions of the person begin to take shape. in society.

UVic Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation Ry Moran, host of the new Taapwaywin podcast series, in his home studio in the summer of 2022. (Chad Hipolito)

There is still a long way to go and truth efforts remain essential. Yet, if truth must come before reconciliation, why are Indigenous truths so often suppressed?

A new series of podcastsTaapwaywin: Talking about what we know and what we believe…University of Victoria Libraries aims to give voice to Indigenous perspectives on this issue, harnessing the power of podcasting as an important and vital way to share knowledge beyond the classroom or campus.


The Intersection of Libraries and Indigenous Knowledge

Deep listening is what Moran and Karina Greenwood, taapwaywin‘s producer and writer, I hope people will when they tune in to the show. “As a colonial nation, we have a responsibility to listen to Indigenous peoples,” says Greenwood. “Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Survivors give us a gift by sharing their stories – it’s a privilege to listen to them.

Since Moran’s arrival at UVic Libraries, his work has been to recognize that Indigenous knowledge comes from many sources. Some are written, but a large part is only accessible through relationship, dialogue and listening.

The learning to come

As a creator, host, and composer, Moran’s goal for this multi-year series is for the podcast to contribute meaningfully to the ongoing dialogue on some of the complex topics related to truth and reconciliation work. By amplifying the voices, ideas and efforts of leading thinkers and knowledge keepers on these topics, the podcast aims to help bring important perspectives to listeners around the world.

Find out more, read the full article and listen to the Taapwaywin: Let’s talk about what we know and what we believe Podcast

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.


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