Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration
Camille Callison, MLIS First Nations Concentration
Indigenous Services Librarian
University of Manitoba
Indigenous knowledges and cultural expressions include traditional types of tangible and intangible expressions has been sustained, transformed, and continues to remain dynamic but can’t not be limited to traditional as ways of knowing are dynamic in nature and exist today in multiple forms of new media often creating “new” knowledges. Therefore, relationships with both Indigenous ways of knowing and the communities who are the owners of that knowledge need to be respectfully developed and maintained continuously so culturally appropriate access to Indigenous knowledge can occur within the proper cultural context. Only with relationships occurring within the proper cultural context with the originating people can the true expression of that cultural expression be found, understood and accurate preservation of ways of knowing be achieve as well as the ultimate aim to transfer the knowledges to the next generation in the proper cultural context be achieved.