Assessing and incorporating teaching and learning resources by and about First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples is critical for librarians, educators and parents. Awareness of diverse epistemologies, notions of cultural authenticity and historical accuracy, and the influence of colonialism, are essential when considering books, films and interactive media for library and classroom collections. This panel will address challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous librarians, educators and parents when drawing upon materials representing Indigenous peoples and cultures. They will offer insights about such issues as cultural appropriation, stereotypes, addressing colonialism and what to do with dated resources. This session is ideal for teacher candidates, classroom teachers, teacher-librarians, youth librarians and parents.

Convener: Jo-Anne Naslund, UBC Education Library
Moderator: Lisa P. Nathan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
Panelists: Debra Martel, Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning;
Allison Taylor-McBryde, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

About the Speakers

Jo-Anne Naslund is the Instructional Programs Librarian at the Education Library at the University of British Columbia. Her subject specialties are in Canadian children’s literature, children’s literature, and education.

Lisa P. Nathan is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. She is also currently serving as the Coordinator for the school’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration. For more information about Professor Nathan, please visit: http://faculty.arts.ubc.ca/lnathan/

Debra Martel is the Associate Director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning. Debra has dedicated over 22 years working in the public K-12 school system in a variety of teaching and administrative positions before joining UBC in August, 2011. She is passionate in her work and strives to create learning environments that are both inclusive and rewarding.  She is proud of her Cree, Metis, Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Allison Taylor-McBryde is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is also Coordinator for Children’s & Young Adult Services at the North Vancouver District Public Library.


Select Articles Available at UBC

Naslund, J.A. (2010). Celebrate Science Fundraiser for CCBC. Canadian Children’s Book News. 33(3). p. 6. [Link]

Naslund, J.A. (2010). Inuit Publisher. Canadian Children’s Book News. 33(3). p. 6 [Link]

Nathan, L.P. (2012). Sustainable Information Practice: An Ethnographic Investigation. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 63(11). pp. 2254-2268. [Link]

Hourcade, J.; Bullock-Rest, N.; Jayatilaka, L.; Nathan, L. (2012). HCI for Peace: Beyond Tie Dye. Interactions. 19(5). pp. 40-47. [Link]

Taylor-McBryde, A. (2011, April). Poetry and Pictures Capture Imagination. North Shore News. p. 21. [Link]

Taylor-McBryde, A. (2011, Feb. 16). Librarians Share the Love. North Shore News. p. 20. [Link]


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