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Engaging Youth With Indigenous Materials in Libraries and Classrooms Naslund, Jo-Anne; Nathan, Lisa P.; Martel, Debra; Hare, Jan; Taylor-McBryde, Allison


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; Jan Hare, Associate Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education; Allison Taylor-McBryde, Adjunct Professor, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies.

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