Melissa Adams (TBC)
‘They’re interested – now what?’: Some lessons learned navigating the Canadian GLAM world as a First Nations woman post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Melissa Adams is a member of the Nisga’a Nation from the House of Wisin Xbil’tkw of the Gisk’aast (Killerwhale) tribe. In her current role as librarian and archivist at the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, she supports the organization’s work representing and advocating for Indigenous rights and title. This includes managing the library collection, institutional archives, digital resources, as well as providing reference services and training. She is a dancer with Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Dancers and is learning her language (activities which were once actively suppressed in Canada). She is also a beader, runner, swimmer, and soon-to-be weaver.
Following the conclusion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada in 2015, which included calls-to-action specifically directed at archives, GLAM institutions have been looking at how to respond. However, Indigenous archivists make up only a small number of the largely white archival profession in Canada resulting in increased requests for labour. She will be sharing both some actions taken post-TRC and some of the lessons she learned living and working in this environment.
Social media (Twitter and Instagram):
My organization: @ubcic
My dance group: @kgndancers
Result CIC Directors will draw together the themes of the day in a participative group coaching approach. They will support participants to:
- Reflect on their current roles and how they may wish to change and develop these within their organisations over the coming 12 months.
- Compare experiences with other participants from across the sector.
- Set a shared agenda for changes you as a conference group wish to see.
- Decide personal action points for the year ahead.
This will be an interactive session using group discussions of participants’experience. There will be the option of quieter space for these conversations in smaller groups (or pairs) if required
About Result CIC:
Result CIC is a Salford-based social enterprise. Its Directors and associates havelived intersectional experience of disability, being BAME, LGBT and an immigrantto the UK. They draw on this experience to provide coaching and training to people who feel marginalised, empowering them to be more confident in their differences and to become positive role models to others. They also work with managers and leaders to boost their inclusion practices through greater personal awareness. Result CIC’s clients include Cabinet Office, the University of Manchester, BBC North, Manchester Health Care and Commissioning, Liverpool John MooresUniversity, Manchester Deaf Centre, DaDaFest (Deaf and Disability Arts),Manchester Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre and RECLAIM project.What is our session?
Find out more about them here: http://www.resultcic.com/people/
Session topic: The GLAM sector is not neutral and what we can do about it
As founder and managing director of Intersectional GLAM I Jass has used her lived experience along with 10 years of working within the GLAM sector to create training packages to dismantle the exclusive heritage sector.
She has worked alongside universities and cultural institutions to audit course content, exhibition interpretation and lead workshops to enhance intersectionality within the GLAM sector.
Dr Safina Islam (TBC)
Session topic: TBA
Dr Safina Islam joined AIURRRC and Education Trust from the public programmes team at
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where she was a communities and inclusion
specialist. She has also spent two years as chief officer at Ananna, the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation, where she is still chair. Her background is in community engagement is important during a time in which the sector is talking extensively about “decolonising” collections; not deleting old tellings of stories, but enabling communities to produce and curate their own narratives.
Session Topic: Museums as trans-inclusive spaces: what it means and why it matters
Dr Kit Heyam is a queer trans academic, activist and trainer. As a researcher, their interests concern transgressive gendered and sexual experiences in early modern culture: they have previously worked with the V&A Museum on the project ‘Gendering Interpretations’ and produced a blueprint for curating trans possibility in museums. As an activist, they work to uncover LGBT histories and make them visible to the public: they are a former Lead Coordinator of the York LGBT History Month charity, have worked as a researcher and content creator for West Yorkshire Queer Stories, and coordinate the DIY Rainbow Plaques project.