Discussion Events and Documents

The purpose of this initiative is to develop and facilitate Indigenous cultural awareness opportunities for all library faculty and staff at COPPUL institutions to promote understanding and competency in regard to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Some of the events that have taken place in the past include online workshops (e.g., anti-racist education) and online book club events.

2023 Events

Oskapewis Members

Online Presentation: Karleen Delaurier-Lyle, Information Services Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library, UBC, on Xwi7xwa's Collection Policy, April 24, 2023


Online Presentation: Local Contexts: Supporting Indigenous Rights and Interests in Data and Collections, March 24, 2023, with Felicia Garcia and Corrie Roe, Outreach Managers, Local Contexts


Oskapewis Members

Online Presentation: February Oskapewis Gathering with Ashley Edwards & Rachel Chong: Modifying the Brian Deer Classification System, February 13, 2023

Passcode: AK7#@mmR

2022 Events

Oskapewis Members

  • Online Presentation: I Waiwai Ka ʻĀina: Literacy, Land, and Lāhui (to gather)

On October 17, 2022, the IKSC and the Xwi7xwa Library hosted an online talk with two Hawai'ian librarians, Keahiahi Long (Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) and Kawena Komeiji (James and Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu).

Recording link HERE & Password: k1gT9Ah^

Hawai'ian librarians Keahiahi Long & Kawena Komeiji
Presenters Keahiahi Long & Kawena Komeiji

COPPUL Members

  • IHPWG Panel Discussion (Feb. 17, 2022): Perspectives on Indigenous Historical Publications Digitization
  • Panel Participants: Paula Daigle (University Librarian, First Nations University), Taylor Gibson (Community Engagement Officer, Archives Branch, Libraries and Archives Canada), Kayla Lar-Son (Indigenous Programs & Services Librarian / Manager, Indigitization, Xwi7xwa Library, UBC), Sarah Severson (Digital Initiatives Project Librarian, University of Alberta), & moderator Kathryn Ruddock (Director of Digital Services, University of Calgary)
  • Recording link HERE . Passcode: 8b.%qw2c

Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans talk

In March 2022, the IKSC hosted an online talk with Dr. Jennifer Wemigwans (University of Toronto, OISE) called Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online. For information about the event recording, please contact execdir@coppul.ca.

2021 Events

Oskapewis Members

Online Talk (Nov. 1, 2021): Dr. Sandy Littletree (University of Washington iSchool) and Rachel Chong (Kwantlen Polytechnic University). Dr. Littletree shared her career trajectory and Rachel Chong spoke about KPU Indigenous initiatives.


In July 2021, the IKSC hosted an online book club to discuss Joshua Whitehead’s first novel, Jonny Appleseed, with special guest, Joshua Whitehead, in attendance for the last half of the gathering to read from the book and respond to questions from participants. No Recording
In January 2021, the IKSC hosted its second online book club to discuss Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer’s bestseller, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. No Recording

2020 Events

In early July, COPPUL hosted a webinar, How Anti-Racist Education Matters for Academic Libraries, presented by Dr. Verna St Denis (University of Saskatchewan) and Dr. Sheelah McLean (Independent Contractor). For information about the event recording, please contact execdir@coppul.ca.

2019 Events

In February 2019, the IKSC and the Collections Committee joined together for a morning of discussion and collaboration as part of the COPPUL spring meeting at Vancouver Island University. The following are the summaries of member responses to the pre-meeting questionnaire as well as a presentation on the intersections and opportunities between the Indigenous and CDSN committees.

IKSC members contributed to the planning of the ""Sorting Libraries Out: Decolonizing Classification and Indigenizing Description" symposium, which took place in March 2019. The program, selected presentations and other materials are available on the symposium website.

2018 Events

COPPUL hosted an Indigenous-themed event, Indigenous Community - Academic Library Considerations: Competencies, for Directors and their "+1" guests at Royal Roads University entitled

Meeting Agenda and preparation questions and pre-reading
Graphic Recordings: Collective Action, Working with Indigenous Knowledges, Truth-Telling
Indigenous Relations Behavioural Competencies (Province of BC)

2017 Events

COPPUL hosted an Indigenous-themed event for Directors at Mount Royal University.
Meeting Agenda

Image Credit: Debbie Feisst & University of Alberta, Spirit Bear granite carving by Stewart Steinhauer.
Image Credit: Debbie Feisst & University of Alberta, Spirit Bear granite carving by Stewart Steinhauer.