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Annual Report 2019

This is a wiki version of WMCA 2019 Annual Report for your convenience.
The official report with a better presentation is available on Wikimedia Commons under a PDF format: [42] (in English) and [43] (in French).

Futhermore a Detailed 2019 Activity Report is also available with a detailed list of all activities that the Chapter conducted in 2019.

Activity Reports
Cape Tryon Lighthouse (winning photography of Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 in Canada)

What we do[edit]

Wikimedia Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to the growth, development and distribution of free knowledge in Canada. Our mission is to support and educate Canadians to collect, develop and distribute knowledge and other educational, cultural and historical content in all languages of Canada, including Indigenous languages, under a free license or in the public domain.

Wikimedia Canada shares the vision of the Wikimedia movement: "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment.".[1]

We are recognized as an official chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation[2], a U.S.-based non-profit organization that operates and manages the Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia. Wikimedia Canada is an independant Canadian non-profit organization headquartered in Montreal, Quebec founded in 2011 to support and promote the distribution of free educational material within Canada, mainly through the Wikimedia projects.

Wikimedia projects[3] are online projects developed collaboratively by volunteer contributors. They are the largest free knowledge projects in history. The content of all Wikimedia projects are free, as per the Creative Commons licence[4], and everybody can contribute to it.

Wikipedia[5] is the most known Wikimedia project. It aims at building a free online encyclopedia in all languages of the world, to which everybody can contribute. It is available in more than 300 languages and has over 25 million articles in all languages. Since the beginning of the project in 2001, more than 100,000 contributors made at least 10 edits to Wikipedia. There are 11 main different Wikimedia projects: Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikimedia Commons, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikidata and Wikivoyage.

We engage in a range of activities, advocacy initiatives, community-building events, content-creation projects, partnerships with cultural and knowledge institutions, and collaborations with Indigenous communities. The work of our volunteers helps millions of people around the globe to have access to free information and knowledge.


2019 was a year filled with successes for Wikimedia Canada. The Chapter continued its efforts in capacity building started last year.

The main goals are to professionalize the Chapter and to make it more financially independant. The organization had to undertake this process for many reasons, including to avoid losing precious volunteers due to exhaustion and to take full advantage of opportunities arising from the interest of Canadian galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and other similar institutions to contribute to the Wikimedia projects.

This report showcases the highlights and the results of 2019. A detailed activity report showing all the activities conducted by Wikimedia Canada in 2019 is available on our wiki at

A Word from the President[edit]

The year 2019 was a year of many accomplishments for Wikimedia Canada. As a sign of stability, we continued to encourage and facilitate contribution workshops across Canada. From Wikipedia edit-a-thons to Wikidata workshops to photo hunts for Wikimedia Commons, the vitality of Canada's contributors is well established.

Projects that supported the contribution and inclusion of content by Indigenous Peoples have been very successful. Workshops and training took place throughout the year and the Atikamekw were particulary prolific.

Once again, the International Francophone Contribution Month was a great success with activities in several countries in partnership with many institutions. Speaking of partnerships, Wikimedia Canada continued to develop and maintain its relationships with universities, archives and documentation centres, libraries, and museums.

Members of the Board of Directors and the Programs Committee continued to encourage and facilitate the appropriation of the various Wikimedia projects and the creation of content throughout the year despite limited resources. This dedication and involvement are worth mentioning and I would like to personally thank them for all this work.

The year 2019 was a busy but stimulating one, and the challenges were overcome with brilliance. Bravo!

Lëa-Kim Chateauneuf, M.S.I.
President, Wikimedia Canada
Professional Librarian


Tombstone Territorial Park in Yukon (Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Canada)

In 2019, the activities of Wikimedia Canada were under two main programs: "content, outreach, education and communities" and "Indigenous Peoples on Wikimedia projects".

The goal of the first program is to develop free knowledge about cultures, languages, history, geography, sports and other fields of knowledge in Canada as well as increasing the diversity of contributors to the Wikimedia projects from Canada. There is a focus on expanding and strengthening institutional partnerships with Canadian galleries, libraries, archives, museums and universities as well as reducing the gender gap on Wikimedia projects, both in terms of content and contributors.

The second program includes two main aspects: developing Wikimedia projects in Canadian Indigenous languages, and increasing quality free knowledge about the First Nations, Inuits and Métis of Canada. Wikimedia Canada continued and will continue its partnership with the Atikamekw community to develop the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin[6]. Then for the upcoming year, the Chapter aims at conducting similar projects with other Indigenous communities in Canada.

The Team[edit]

Members of the Board of Directors of Wikimedia Canada participating in the WikiConference North America 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

First of all, Wikimedia Canada wants to thank all volunteers of the Chapter and the Wikimedia movement in Canada. Without them, nothing would be possible.

The Board of Directors

At the Annual General Meeting held on 19 October 2019[7], the members of Wikimedia Canada elected four new Board members and re-elected one.

The Chapter is proud to have a majority of women on its Board of Directors. We firly believe that this will allow us to increase the diversity of contributors on Wikimedia projects from Canada, especially regarding the gender gap.

Name Function
Lëa-Kim Chateauneuf President
Michael David Miller Vice President
Amber Berson Secretary
Guillaume Lafrance Treasurer
Benoit Rochon
Ha-Loan Phan
Jean-Michel Lapointe
Sarah Severson
Stacy Allison-Cassin
The contract workers

Since 2018, Wikimedia Canada is hiring the services of two independant contract workers to support the volunteers in their work. Indeed, in 2019, the Chapter continued to hire an independant contract worker as Insitutional Advancement Manager. This allowed the organization to pursue its development towards its professionalization and becoming more financially independant.

Name Function
Jean-Philippe Béland Institutional Advancement Manager
Pierre Choffet Information Technology Support
The Programs Committee

The Programs Committee[8] is responsible for managing and controlling all programs of Wikimeda Canada as well as managing WikiClubs, partnerships and public events.

Name Function
Jean-Michel Lapointe Committe's Chair
Benoit Rochon
Ha-Loan Phan
Lëa-Kim Chateauneuf
Michael David Miller
Stacy Allison-Cassin
Sarah Severson
Caroline Savard
Laura French
The WikiClubs referents

WikiClubs[9] are local groups of Wikimedia Canada that serve as hubs to deliver the Chapter's projects and activities at the local level. They are the primary point of contact between the local public and the Wikimedia movement. The Chapter aims at having WikiClubs in every major cities of the country.

Name WikiClubs
Denise Smith Hamilton
Thérèse Ottawa Metapeckeka
Benoit Rochon Montreal
Jean-Philippe Béland Ottawa-Gatineau
Caroline Savard Quebec City
Stacy Allison-Cassin Toronto


Signature of the memorandum of understanding between Library and Archives Canada and Wikimedia Canada
Partnership with Library and Archives Canada

During the 2019 Summit on the value of libraries, archives and museums held in Montreal on 13 May, Wikimedia Canada signed an institutional partnership agreement with Library and Archives Canada, the federal government institution responsible to preserve and distribute all sorts of Canadian documents. Is it the fourth largest library in the world. The objective of the agreement is to make the country's documentary heritage more accessible to Canadians and people around the world.

It is an overarching collaboration agreement to share our respective expertise, to mutually support each other in our research, and to organize events such as edit-a-thons, scan-a-thons and symposiums.

Weather observations of the Meteorological Service of Canada in Wikimedia projects

In 2019, an agreement was signed with Environment and Climate Change Canada to execute an important project called "Weather observations of the Meteorological Service of Canada in Wikimedia projects"[10].

The aim of this project is to transfer weather data from the weather stations of the Meteorological Service of Canada in different Wikimedia projects. First, the data will be imported on Wikimedia Commons, then, linked to Wikidata. Finally, the data hosted on Wikimedia Commons will be used in Wikipedia templates.

Canadian GLAM-Wiki Summit

On 23 May 2019, Wikimedia Canada participated in organizing a GLAM-Wiki Summit[11] at Ryerson University in Toronto. The aim of the event was to gather professionals from galleries, libraries, archives and museums as wel as members of the Wikimedia community to explore ways how Wikimedia projects can be used to increase the impact of collections and create opportunities to engage the community.

Self-portrait of the new President of Wikimedia Canada
Diversity in leadership

Since the Annual General Meeting 2019, the Board of Directors has a majority of women as well as a representation from the LGTBQ+ community. Furthermore, the Executive Committee is made up of 50% of women and the Programs Committee, which is the main body overseeing the programmatic activities of Wikimedia Canada, is made up of 67% of women. In 2019, the Board of Directors elected its first female president.

Throughout the year, there was a strong leadership from women in organizing activities.

In 2019, the first Indigenous representation made its entry into the Board of Directors of the Chapter with the election of a Métis.

Furthermore, during the last few years, the members of the Board of Directors mainly came from Montrea, Quebec. While this allowed the Chapter to kickstart and accelerate its efforts of professionalization, institutional advancement and capacity building, there was a lack of representativeness of the geographical, cultural and linguistic diversity of the country. In 2019, directors from Alberta and Ontario were elected to the Board of Directors.

Pan-Canadian presence

In addition to increasing its Pan-Canadian representativeness on its Board of Directors, in 2019, the Chapter saw the fruits of its efforts to expand its activities in all of Canada. Indeed, throughout the year, contribution and training workshops were held in six different provinces.

At the beginning of the year, the Chapter had four WikiClubs, mainly located in Quebec. In 2019, two new WikiClubs were created in Ontario and one is in the process of being created in Alberta.

Charity status

Wikimedia Canada is currently in the last steps towards obtaining the charity status with the federal government. This will allow the organization to be able to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations; which will allow the Chapter to conduct its own fundraising and become more financially independant.

In order to take full advantage of this new status, Wikimedia Canada is in the process of hiring a firm to support us in implementing fundraising and communication plans.


In 2019, Wikimedia Canada hosted activities in partnership with nearly 50 galleries, libraries, archives, museums, universities and other similar institutions. Among others, the Chapter continued its successful partnerships with its main partners, including Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Acfas, the Lionel-Groulx Foundation, the Cinémathèque québécoise and many other Canadian institutions. The Chapter also contributed to the hiring of a Wikipedian-in-Residence at Concordia University Library[12].

The Year 2019 in Numbers[edit]

The Château Frontenac (Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 in Canada)

  • 4,000: this is the number of pages on Wikimedia projects that were created and improved during workshops hosted throughout the year.
  • 2,200: this is the number of pictures of Canada that were uploaded during the Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments competitions.
  • 500: this is the number of Wikipedia articles written in Atikamekw that were created.
  • 500: this is the number of words in the Atikamekw language that were recorded and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and then added to Wiktionaries using the Lingua Libre tool[13].
  • 400: this is the number of pictures and videos documenting the Atikamekw First Nation that were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons[14].
  • 23: this is the number of different cities where Wikimedia Canada hosted activities throughout the year.
  • 6: this is the number of WikiClubs[9] that were active throughout the year.

Program 1: Content, outreach, education and communities[edit]

Backcountry canoe trip on Maligne Lake (Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Canada)

1Lib1Ref: "Imagine a world where every librarian added one more reference to Wikipedia"[edit]

Results of the friendly competition #1Lib1Ref 2019 in Canada

The Objective[edit]

Wikipedia is one of the first places where people search for information. In order to make this information verifiable and thus increasng the general quality of the online encyclopedia, the international campaign #1Lib1Ref[15] encourages people, mainly librarians around the world, to add references to information that is already there.

The Concept[edit]

As part of this campaign, the Chapter organizes an annual friendly competition among Canadian institutions. Indeed, from 15 January to 5 February, Wikimedia Canada invited Canadian galleries, libraries, archives, museums and universities to participate in the campaign and the competition.

The Results[edit]

This year, the friendly competition gathered no less than 16 institutions throughout Canada. It was the first time that institutions from outside of Quebec participated. The majority of participating institutions hosted training and contribution sessions. A total of more than 3,000 references were added by participants. The Laval University was the big winner of this competition!

The International Francophone Contribution Month: Improve Wikimedia projects in French[edit]

Contribution workshop about scientific women at the Grande Bibliothèque of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec as part of "Wiki Tuesday" and the International Francophone Contribution Month 2019

The Objective[edit]

The International Francophone Contribution Month[16] is a series of workshops hosted in March throughout the Francophonie with the goal of improving Wikimedia projects in French. Contributors gather in various locations and invite the local population to come receive an initiation in contributing to French Wikipedia and its sister projects. The workshops can take different forms, take place in various locations and be about themes at the choice of the local organizers.

The Concept[edit]

Since the beginnings of the International Francophone Contribution Month in 2013, Wikimedia Canada is one of the main organizers at the international level, in collaboration with the international cooperation WikiFranca[17]. Every year, in March, many workshops are hosted in Canada to improve the Wikimedia projects in French, mainly Wikipedia.

The Results[edit]

This year, contribution workshops were hosted in around 15 countries throughout the Francophonie. In Cnada, a dozen workshops were hosted in four different cities in Quebec.

Art+Feminism: Closing the gender gap[edit]

The Objective[edit]

The gender gap on Wikipedia, both in terms of content and contributors, is a well-known situation. The research about this topic shows that only 16% of contributors to the online encyclopedia are women. Art+Feminism[18] is an annual international campaign aiming at organizing edit-a-thons throughout the world with the goal of increasing and improving the coverage of female and non-binary artists on Wikimedia projects, mainly Wikipedia.

The Concept[edit]

Wikimedia Canada is well aware of the gender gap problem on Wikimedia projects and made it one of its priorities. Every year, in March, many workshops are hosted throughout the country, in English and French, as part of the Art+Feminism campaign.

Furthermore, many other workshops are hosted throughout the year aiming specifically at closing the gender gap or at improving the presence of under-represented communities such as the sexual and gender diversity community on Wikimedia projects, mainly Wikipedia.

The Results[edit]

This year, Art+Feminism contribution workshops were hosted in five different provinces for a total of 22 workshops in 15 different cities. All workshops were organized in partnership with local insitutions such as libraries, universities, cultural centres, museums and galleries.

Many other workshops were hosted to contribute to closing the gender gap. In particular, those included "Wiki Feminism" evenings hosted in partnership with the Montreal Fine Arts Museum, a workshop on notable women in the history of Montreal hosted in partnership with the Lional-Groulx Foundation, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Montreal History Society, Pointe-à-Callière : cité d'archéologie et d'histoire de Montréal and the Archives Services of the City of Montreal, a workshop on scientific women hosted with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec as well as a workshop on women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics hosted in Ottawa as part of the Women and Girls in Science Day in collaboration with the Science and Technologye Museum of Canada Ingenium.

Furthermore, on 17 August 2019, Wikimedia Canada hosted a workshop aiming at improving information on the sexual and gender diversity community on Wikipedia in partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec as part of the activities of Montreal Pride Festival and BanQ est fière. 17 articles were created and improved during this event.

"Wiki Tuesday": Regular monthly workshops open to the public[edit]

Contribution workshop "Mardi, c'est Wiki à BAnQ !"

The Objective[edit]

The main goal of regular monthly workshops is to invite to come improve their knowledge about Wikipedia and its sister projects. Experienced Wikimedians are there to guide the newcomers.

The Concept[edit]

Since 2014, Wikimedia Canada has been organizing regular monthly workshops called "Mardi, c'est Wiki !" ("Wiki Tuesday")[19] at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal in partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. Noting the success of those workshops, the model was exported to other Canadian cities.

The Results[edit]

In 2019, regular monthly workshops were hosted in Montreal, Quebec City, London and Hamilton. Those were organized in collaboration with different partners including Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Laval University Library, the Registry and Archives Services of Quebec City, the Quebec National Fine Arts Museum, the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Libraries of Western Ontario University, and McMaster University.

As part of "Wiki Tuesday" hosted by the Libraries of Western Ontario University[20], an initiative was launched to encourage students and staff members of the university to contribute on health sciences[21]. This initiative will be expanded in 2020.

Edit-a-thons: Improving Wikimedia projects through contribution workshops[edit]

Wikipedia training and contribution workshop on notable women from Montreal history

The Objective[edit]

Edit-a-thons, or contribution days, are workshops organized by experienced contributors with the goal of improving Wikimedia projects where there are knowledge gaps. In general, a specific theme is chosen for a given workshop. In addition to improving Wikimedia projects through new content, those workshops also aim at conducting outreach and training the public on how to contribute to Wikimedia projects.

The Concept[edit]

Wikimedia Canada encourages and supports volunteers in Canada to organize contribution workshops, or edit-a-thons, throughout the year. The Chapter focuses on establishing partnerships with institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, museums and universities to organize those workshops.

The Results[edit]

In total, throughout 2019, contribution workshops were hosted in at least 23 different cities distributed in six Canadian provinces.

Partners of the Chapter to organize contribution workshops in 2019 included, among others, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Montreal Libraries, the Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University Library, the Montreal Polytechnique Library, Toronto Public Library, Ryerson University Library, Quebec National Fine Arts Museum, Montreal Fine Arts Museum, Concordia University Library, Laval University Library, Western Ontario University Library, McMacter University Library, and the Cinémathèque québécoise.

Photographic contests: Wiki Loves Earth and Wiki Loves Monuments[edit]

Fryatt Mountain behind Athabasca River (winning picture of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Canada)

The Objective[edit]

International campaigns are organized to encourage the public to contribute to Wikimedia Commons by uploading pictures under free licenses according to a specific theme. The main goal of those campaigns is to be able to use the uploaded pictures to illustrate Wikipedia and its sister projects, but the pictures under free licenses can be used by everybody.

The Concept[edit]

For several years, Wikimedia Canada has been participating in two international photograhic campaigns: Wiki Loves Earth[22] in June and Wiki Loves Monuments[23] in September. Wiki Loves Earth is a competition aiming at documenting with pictures natural protected areas arund the world. Wiki Loves Monuments is the largest photographic competition in the world. It aims at taking pictures of heritage sites around the world.

The Results[edit]

For the 2019 editions, Wikimedia Canada received mora than 1,200 pictures as part of Wiki Loves Earth[24] and more than 1,000 pictures for Wiki Loves Monuments[25].

Program 2: Indigenous Peoples on Wikimedia projects[edit]

Moïse Flamand making snowshoes

Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin: Developing a Wikipedia in the Atikamekw language[edit]

Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin' logo'

The Objective[edit]

One of the objectives of Wikimedia Canada is to develop Wikimedia projects in the Indigenous languages of Canada. Indeed, for several years, the Chapter has an Indigenous Communities Outreach Strategy[26]. In particular, it aims at contributing to preserving Canadian Indigenous languages using the Wikimedia projects.

Canadian Indigenous languages are an integral part of the culture of the country and are windows on many social and emotional aspects of the Indigenous Peoples. There are approximately 60 Indigenous languages in Canada divided into 11 distinct language families, and only three among them have a Wikipedia: Atikamekw, Cree and Inuktitut. Among those, only the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin[6] is currently active.

The Concept[edit]

The Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin, namely the Wikipedia in Atikamekw language, was officially launched in 2017[27], but the project to develop it has been ongoing since 2013. Wikimedia Canada actively supports the development of this Wikipedia by providing training to Atikamekw language speakers and technical support. The ultimate goal is to make the Atikamekw community autonomous in the management and the development of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin and to use the lessons learned from this project to create other Wikipedias in Canadian Indigenous languages.

The Results[edit]

Tcipakwew iskwew

The year 2019 started with a two-days training about Wikidata in January for the administrators of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin provided by a volunteer from Wikimedia Canada. Four administrators of the Atikamekw Wikipedia were trained during this workshop held in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. While the main objective of this training was to develop the knowledge of the participants about Wikidata, they were also trained on the administrator's tools used on Wikipedia with the intent of making the Atikamekw community independant in the administration of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin. The creation of an Atikamekw Wiktionary was discussed. The participants used this opportunity to create around 300 news articles in Atikamekw and 500 words in the Atikamekw language were recorded with the Lingua Libre tool[13].

On 28 May, during the Acfas Conference held in Gatineau, three participants from the project to create a Wikipedia in Atikamekw gave a presentation called "Discovery: the first Indigenous Wikimedia platform in North America".

On 27 August, the Metapeckeka WikiClub[28], namely the WikiClub of the Atikamekw Community of Manawan, held an official meeting to discuss the business of the WikiClub and the future of the project to develop the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin. In addition to the members of the WikiClub, there were representatives from the Manawan Atikamekw Council, including the Vice Chief, the schools of Manawan and the Education Services of Manawan. Wikimedia Canada also sent a delegate.

Thanks to the pedagogic project organized at the Otapi High School on the Atikamekw Community of Manawan and the activities of the Metapeckeka WikiClub, the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin now has more than 1,000 articles[29].

In total, throughout the year, nearly 500 articles were created on the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin. Furthermore, around 400 pictures and videos documenting the traditional activities and the ancestral territory of the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw were uploaded on Wikimedia Commons. Around 500 words in the Atikamekw language were also uploaded on Wikimedia Commons and added to the Wiktionaries using the Lingua Libre tool. For the years to come, Wikimedia Canada aims at conducting similar projects with other Indigenous communities in Canada.

Nanto masinatcikan: Scanning of archive photographs[edit]

Atikamekw camp (archives photograph)

The Objective[edit]

There is currently a large gap on Wikimedia Commons for photographs documenting the Canadian Indigenous Peoples. To meet this need, in 2017 and 2018, the Metapeckeka WikiClub, in collaboration with Wikimedia Canada, organized photographic scavenger hunts called "Nistakinan in pictures" where members of the Atikamekw community were invited to photograph traditional activities and the ancestral territory of the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw, the Nitaskinan, in order to contribute to Wikimedia Commons and illustrate the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin, but also the other language versions of Wikipedia.

In 2019, a different approach was undertaken. Instread, the WikiClub, with support from the Chapter, organized an activity called "Nanto masinatcikan" aiming at scanning family archive photographs in order to contribute to Wikimedia Commons and illustrate Wikipedia[30].

The Concept[edit]

During the months of February and March, the Metapeckeka Wikiclub organized the activity "Nanto masinatcikan". Every Tuesday during those two months, scanning workshops were held at the Otapi High School in Manawan where the public was invited to come in order to scan their photographs. A training on how to upload files on Wikimedia Commons was offered to the participants. The focus was on old photographs from family albums documenting the village, the people and the life on the territory that can be used to illustrate articles of the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin.

The Results[edit]

A total of 400 photographs were uploaded on Wikimedia Commons as part of "Nanto masinatcikan 2019"[31].

Tapiskwan Sipi: Documenting an ancestral traditional activity[edit]

Day 7 of the 2019 Tapiskwan Sipi Expedition

The Objective[edit]

The Tapiskwan Sipi expedition is an ancestral traditional activity of the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw held every year which consists of a 12-days expedition in canoe. There were no existing resources under a free license documenting this activity.

The Concept[edit]

From 29 July to 9 Augusut, a volunteer from Wikimedia Canada participated in the Tapiskwan Sipi expedition in order to document it for the Wikimedia projects.

The Results[edit]

More than 300 pictures and videos of the 2019 Tapiskwan Sipi expedition were uploaded on Wikimedia Commons[32]. Articles on the Wikipedias in French, English and Atikamekw were created.

Beside those contributions, this event allowed Wikimedia Canada to meet members of all three Atikamekw communities and start the discussions about a potential coordinator for the Wikipetcia Atikamekw Nehiromowin project.

International Year of Indigenous Languages: Edit-a-thons and outreach[edit]

2019 Tapiskwan Sipi Expedition

The Objective[edit]

2019 was the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages[33]. The goal was to conduct outreach on the fact that 40% of the languages spoken in the world are in danger of extinction. Canada is not an exception.

Indeed, the vast majority of Canadian Indigenous languages are vulnerable or in danger of extinction. Those languages themselves are part of the world knowledge. Every time that a language dies, it is a unique knowledge that is lost forever. As shown with the project to develop a Wikipedia in the Atikamekw language, the Wikimedia projects can be an ideal platform in the efforts to revitalize and dynamize those languages.

The Concept[edit]

To reach this objective, Wikimedia Canada organizes and participates in presentations to show the results of the Atikamekw Project to the public, but mainly to the Canadian Indigenous communities. The Chapter also create a coordination space for the Wikipedias in Canadian Indigenous languages on Meta-Wiki[34].

The Results[edit]

Participants to the Indigenous knowledge workshop in Toronto

As part of the International Year of Indigenous Languages decreed by UNESCO, two edit-a-thons have been hosted by the Toronto University Libraries. The first, held on 13 August, was aimed at the Indigenous languages speakers from the local area[35]. The second, held on 29 October, was part of the Toronto University's Indigenous Education Week and aimed at creating and improving Wikipedia articles about movies in Indigenous languages.

Furthermore, on 28 and 29 January, a workshop on Indigenous knowledge on Wikimedia projects was organized at Ryerson University in Toronto[36]. This event gathered participants from libraries and archives as well as members from the cultural and heritage communities. It coincided with the Ontario Library Association Super Conference[37], the largest libraries conference in Canada, and the first meeting of the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance[38]. This workshops was the object of a publication in the newsletter "This Month in GLAM"[39].

Press Review[edit]

Below is a selection of a few 2019 press articles showing the work of Wikimedia Canada and its volunteers.

In English
In French


Wikimedia Canada wishes to thank all volunteers that organized and participated in activities to increase the access to free knowledge. It is impossible to name them all here.

Wikimedia Canada also wishes to thank its main partner, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, who, in addition to collaboratif to organize numerous activities, provides an office space to the Chapter in Montreal free of charge.


  • 2019 Detailed Activity Report: [44]
  • Wikimedia Canada Financial Statements: [45]

How can you help[edit]

Wikimedia projects logos

Wikimedia projects are developed by people just like you! No expert knowledge or advanced technological skills are necessary. Participate in a training event near you to learn how you can contribute[40]. Join or support your local WikiClub[9]. Become a member or make a donation to Wikimedia Canada[41]. All donations are directly used to support our projects across the country to promote the creation and distribution of free educational material and increase access to free knowledge for everybody.

The texts of this document are under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license and the author is Wikimedia Canada.

Contact information[edit]

Wikimedia Canada
535 Viger Est Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H2L 2P3