National School Library Day at Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Engaging Youth With Indigenous Materials in Libraries and Classrooms.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:30-6:00pm

Dodson Room, 302 IK Barber Learning Centre

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


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

For more information, please contact School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies’ Eric Meyers or Aaron Loehrlein