Panel Discussion for School Library Day (All Students)

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at University of British Columbia, is pleased to present a panel discussion as part of School Library Day in British Columbia.

“Engaging Youth with Indigenous Materials in Libraries and Classrooms” will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Dodson Room, in the Irving K. Barker Learning Centre at The University of British Columbia.

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.

Panelists are:

  • Debra Martel, Associate Director, First Nations House of Learning
  • Jan Hare, Associate Professor, UBC Department of Language and Literacy Education
  • Allison Taylor-McBryde, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

Convenor for the panel is Jo-Anne Naslund, of the UBC Education Library, and moderator is Lisa P. Nathan, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

This event is free and open to all members of the community. For more information on this presentation and other events in the 2012-13 Colloquium Series, visit


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