About this meeting
The Wikimedia project platforms such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons are increasingly being used to enable grassroots initiatives to support language and cultural reclaimation around the world. Examples include: the Catalan community, the Welsh community, as well as projects in Finland and India. Because the projects are supported by a not-for-profit foundation and are community-driven there are opportunities for language support and development as well as technical infrastructure.
The platforms are also being used to increase the visibility of marginalized communities and languages. The platforms are also being used to document traditional practices.
Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. The platforms taken together impact the internet, playing a major role in Google search results. Projects such as Whose Knowledge are demonstrating both the need and active solutions to problems of visibility and the Internet. Increasing the visibility and accessibility of information about Indigenous peoples and culture show the world know we are here.
On Monday, January 28th a workshop will be convened to engage the professional community in discussions and practice-based initiatives to work on the ways that Wikimedia platforms will be used to support the work related to Indigenous knowledges and languages in Canada.
- What to bring: Please bring a laptop or tablet. If you don't have a laptop please contact one of the organizers.
- If possible, please sign up for a Wikipedia account ahead of time. See this page for information on how to create an account.
Location and transportation
- Host: Ryerson University Library SLC, 341 Yonge St., room SLC 508
Ryerson's SLC is located at the corner of Gould and Yonge Streets and can be accessed by the TTC Dundas subway stop. Map (external link)
Monday, January 28th
- 09:00-09:15 Welcome and introduction to the Wikimedia Projects, Stacy Allison-Cassin, Trina Grover
- 9:15-10:30 Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language in Wikimedia projects, Benoit Rochon, Wikimedia Canada & Atikamekw knowledge project
- 10:30-11:00 Wikimedia projects related to Indigenous peoples and culture/Open editing time, Stacy Allison-Cassin
- 11:00-11:15 Break
- 11:15-13:00 Workshop: Indigenous Knowledge and UNDRIP Implementation with Dr. Greg Younging and Camille Callison (RSVP form for those not attending the Wikimedia workshops)
- 13:00-14:00 Lunch
- 14:00-14:45 Intro to Wikidata/Tutorial, Stacy Allison-Cassin
- 14:45-16:30 Open editing time
Tuesday, January 29th
- 09:00-09:45 Wikimedia Commons * Digital Storytelling
- 09:45-10:00 Break
- 10:00-10:30 Indigenous language support and development
- 10:30-12:00 Open project work & closing
- 12:00-13:00 Lunch
- 13:00-15:00 National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance/Alliance nationale des connaissances et langues autochtones (NIKLA-ANCLA)
Let us know if you're coming!
Please register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-knowledges-wikimedia-workshop-tickets-53922413390