The work of producing a resource to assist with Indigenous Information Literacy arose out of multiple conversations with faculty, staff, and students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, discussions within the Indigenous Librarian network, the broader community, my experience with collections and collection development, and an accumulation of academic readings.
While I never consider myself an expert, I do feel confident seeking the voices of others who are. Information in this field is evolving. In this book I have complied excerpts from Indigenous authored print resources and best practices from Indigenous Librarian colleagues. I also consulted a number of credible websites for additional content. Before publishing this work, I sought feedback from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Indigenous Advisory Committee. I also connected more broadly with Indigenous Librarian colleagues through the British Columbia Library Association’s First Nations Interest Group and the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries Oskapewis Mentorship Group. It is through this consultation process, that I hope to portray an accurate, yet concise overview of the important elements of Indigenous Information Literacy. As new information and practices evolve, I will update the book accordingly.
A special thank you to the following people who helped edit and review the content in this book:
- Ashley Edwards, Métis, Scottish, and Dutch, Indigenous Initiatives and Instruction Librarian with Simon Fraser University Library
- Brock Endean, Métis, English, and Swedish ancestry, Principal at RedPier Consulting
- Bronwen McKie, Master of Library and Information Studies and Master of Archival Studies Candidate with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration, and Student Librarian at X̱wi7x̱wa Library
Kayla Lar-Son, Métis Ukrainian and member of Métis Nation region 4, Indigenous Programs and Services Librarian for Xwi7xwa Library, Univeristy of British Columbia
Lorisia MacLeod, James Smith Cree Nation, Librarian at The Alberta Library