Speaker: Jason Woolman and Larissa Grant
Join Larissa Grant and Jason Woolman from the Musqueam Indian Band in a discussion on what open access means in the context of First Nations peoples. How can we make items truly open access if there are cultural sensitivities? Grant and Woolman will give an overview of some of the key considerations for making items open access, and highlight a recent development project at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology that gives researchers access to thousands of never-before-seen items.
Jason Woolmanis the Senior Archivist for the Musqueam First Nation in Vancouver, where he has worked since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Northern Michigan University; 2009 he received his Master of Archival Studies degree with a concentration in First Nations Studies from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. His research interests include orality and material culture as traditional forms of record-keeping, the role of cultural sensitivity in archives, and language preservation.
Larissa Grant is a member of the Musqueam First Nation. She is a graduate of the Library and Information Technology Program at Langara College. She is culturally grounded by the teachings of her parents, grandparents and extended family. She is employed by the Musqueam First Nation as a Research Librarian and is a member of the Community Planning Team. Her background and cultural education complement the effort to ensure that the community plan is sustainable.