Grants/Requests/2019/Indigenous Knowledges Wikimedia Workshop

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This grant is to assist in covering the costs incurred for a workshop focused on Indigenous knowledges and languages for information and knowledge professionals to be held at Ryerson University Libraries, 28-29 January, 2019.

The meeting is scheduled to coincide with the Ontario Library Association Superconference, the largest library conference in Canada as well as the first meeting of the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance/Alliance nationale des connaissances et langues autochtones (NIKLA-ANCLA)

The goals of the workshop are:

  • to introduce participants to the ways the Wikimedia projects can support the work of information professionals
  • to engage participants in critical discussions about the opportunities and challenges the Wikimedia projects represent
  • to give hands-on instruction on using Wikidata to document aspects of Indigenous peoples and culture
  • to talk about the ways Wikimedia project can assist with the work of language reclaimation
  • to give hands-on instruction with Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia editing and discuss Wikimedia projects
  • support the growth of Indigenous-focused Wikimedia initiatives in Canada

The organizers are planning for a 1.5 day workshop on January 28th - 29th, 2018. The workshop will be open to all, but is intended to particularly to support the work of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Indigenous Matters Working group's engagement with Wikimedia projects.

Please see the meet-up page here:

List of participants[edit]

We are planning on having twenty-five participants.


  • Stacy Allison-Cassin (lead) --Smallison (talk) 03:45, 20 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Trina Grover
  • Camille Callison

Pre-Approval (before expenses)[edit]

Planned Budget[edit]

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Item Amount Name of the participant that will make this expense
Snacks and beverages day 1 (x25) 300$ Stacy Allison-Cassin
Snacks and beverages day 2 (x25) 250$ Stacy Allison-Cassin
Total 550$

Decision of the Programs Committee[edit]

This section will be filled by the Programs Committee.

This grant is pre-approved for a total of $550.00 by two members of the Board of Directors:

  1. Benoit Rochon (talk) 17:03, 4 January 2019 (UTC)
  2. Chabadin (talk) 22:17, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Approval (after expenses)[edit]

Activity Report[edit]

Second day participants Indigenous Knowledges Toronto Meet-up

Workshop title: Indigenous Knowledges Wikimedia Workshop


On January 28 and 29th a number of GLAM professionals, academics and community members met for discussion and instruction on the potential role of the Wikimedia projects to support work in the area of Indigenous culture and language. After a brief introduction, Benoit Rochon lead a discussion on the Atikamekw knowledge project and his involvement with the community. The morning also included a panel discussion by Dr. Greg Younging and Camille Callison on UNDRIP and on how to consider Indigenous knowledge structures in information work and writing. The rest of the workshop included overview of the different projects and intensive discussion with participants on how to implement the projects within a GLAM context.

A large snowstorm moved through the Toronto area Monday and Tuesday and some participants travelling from the surrounding area were not able to come and some participants were unable to join on Tuesday due to weather and road conditions.

Workshop schedule[edit]

Monday, January 28th

  • 09:00-09:15 Welcome and introduction to the Wikimedia Projects, Stacy Allison-Cassin, Trina Grover
  • 9:15-10:30 Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language in Wikimedia projects, Benoit Rochon, Wikimedia Canada & Atikamekw knowledge project
  • 10:30-11:00 Wikimedia projects related to Indigenous peoples and culture/Open editing time, Stacy Allison-Cassin
  • 11:00-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-13:00 Workshop: Indigenous Knowledge and UNDRIP Implementation with Dr. Greg Younging and Camille Callison (RSVP form for those not attending the Wikimedia workshops)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch on your own
  • 14:00-14:45 Intro to Wikidata/Tutorial, Stacy Allison-Cassin
  • 14:45-16:30 Open editing time

Tuesday, January 29th

Participant information[edit]

  • Registrations = 29
  • Signed-in Attendees = 20

Final Budget[edit]

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Item Amount Name of the participant that will make this expense
Snacks and beverages day 1 (x25) 270$ Ryerson University Library (cheque)
Snacks and beverages day 2 (x25) 180$ Ryerson University Library (cheque)
Total 450$

Decision of the Programs Committee[edit]

This section will be filled by the Programs Committee.

This grant request is approved for a total of 450.00 $ by the signature of one Board Member:

  1. Benoit Rochon (talk) 20:37, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Technical Information[edit]

This section will be filled by the Programs Committee.

  • Request Number : 2019-002
  • Type of activity in the Annual Budget : Host outreach events, training sessions and contribution workshops with indigenous communities
  • Total Approved Amount : 450.00