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Wikimedia Canada receives charity status!

Since last summer, Wikimedia Canada is recognized as a registered charity allowing us to give tax-deductible receipts when you make a donation.

Thanks to your donations, Wikimedia Canada encourages the development of free content in Canada. By training contributors to edit from coast to coast, we ensure the quality of topics that are important to us. Whether it is culture, sciences, politics, history, geography, and many other topics, it is important that Canadians take part in the development of the Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia.

We engage in a range of activities: outreach initiatives, editor community building events, content creation projects, partnerships with cultural and knowledge institutions, collaborations with Indigenous communities. Your donations help us to support the volunteers of the Wikimedia movement in Canada.

In this season of end-of-year giving and to mark the first year that we are recognized as a registered charity, we hope that you will consider making a donation to Wikimedia Canada to ensure that we can continue our projects to keep Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects growing with content developed by Canadians and to make sure that everyone have access to quality and neutral information. Help us to support the free sharing of knowledge. Every donation is tax-deductible in Canada.

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Call for book chapter proposal "Open Knowledge and Wikimedia Projects in Canada"

The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia and the 10th anniversary of Wikimedia Canada, the non-profit, educational association that aims to stimulate contributions to Wikimedia projects in Canada. This double anniversary testifies to the long-term nature of Wikimedia projects and invites us to reflect on the vitality and specificity of the free knowledge movement in Canada.

This call for papers aims to collect chapter proposals for a peer-reviewed book to be published in French and English. The manuscript will be submitted for publication in the serie Parcours numériques at Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal.

This book aims to provide critical perspectives of the free knowledge movement in Canada since the turn of the millennium. Who contributes, or does not contribute, to Wikipedia and other projects in the Canadian Wikimedia ecosystem? What uses or misuses are made of Wikimedia platforms by the Canadian public, and more specifically by activists, political parties, teachers, librarians, archivists, the research community, students, artists, journalists, businesses and casual users of all kinds ?

Currently, Wikimedia projects in Canada are mainly fed by three linguistic communities (English, French and Atikamekw nehiromowin), which break down into countless individual and collective profiles. We wish to paint a portrait of this vast community, as diverse as it is unknown.

We are calling on people who believe in the free culture movement, Wikimedians, the research community, librarians, archivists and people from all walks of life to put together an overview of the specificities, challenges and issues of the Wikimedia movement in Canada.

The book will bring together around a dozen texts, each between 3000 and 3500 words. We are particularly interested in texts that offer a synthesized understanding of a project's general scope (Wikipedia, Wikisource, Commons, Wikidata, etc.), centred on the Canadian context as a whole, or on a particular community -- province, nation, region, city, etc.

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