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Xaanja Free, UBC M.L.I.S. First Nations Curriculum Concentration
Graduate Student Participant

British Columbia Library Association Conference    May 4, 2021

Can We Decolonize Library Education?

One of five panelists, we “explore(d) how MLIS and Library Technician programs are addressing Canada's Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the problematic diversity gap within our profession more broadly.”


I shared my perspective as an Indigenous UBC,MLIS, FNCC student opening discussion with actions of reconciliation that libraries can implement, and why it is important to make those changes; I identified gaps and shared examples of how we can close them by making changes in library programming and funding design.

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