We’ve got some stellar speakers sliding into the Media Democracy Days program as welcome additions at both the start and the end of the day on November 19th.
First thing’s first, our morning panel “Radical Librarians For Media Democracy” will be an introduction to the work of three local people who use their roles as librarians for social equity and political action. Each of them services separate communities and has unique projects in the works:
Melissa Adams is the Librarian and Archivist at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs where she supports the organization’s work advocating for Indigenous interests, rights and title. This includes managing the library collection, as well as providing reference services and training support to both members of Indigenous communities and the wider public.
Stephanie Kripps is head of nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch of Vancouver Public Library (VPL), opening in early 2017. Some of Stephanie’s roles with VPL have included Project Manager for the pilot First Nations Storyteller in Residence Program; Branch Head of Carnegie Library; and Coordinator of Accessible Services.
Vince Tao is the Librarian at 221A, a non-profit gallery and project space, and will be talking with us about his current work involving the restaging the radical and historic Vancouver Women’s Bookstore.
This panel happens at 10:30 AM on November 19th at SFU Harbour Centre. Seats are first come first serve and is kindly sponsored by the BC Library Association.
At the end of the day on Saturday, we’ll gather once more for a session hosted by rabble.ca which will focus on reconciliation journalism, coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation report, and how independent media can incorporate decolonization into its coverage.
Decolonizing the Mind will be our plenary session featuring two incredible speakers.
Glen Coulthard is Yellowknives Dene and an Associate Professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014).
Tina House has been a full-time Video Journalist with APTN National News in the BC bureau since July 2007. A proud Métis born in Vancouver, in 2010 she received the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalism Award for Canada for her work on a half-hour APTN Investigates story “Missing Women.”
This session will be an opportunity for skill building for media activists as well as a conversation about how to shift the culture in a settler dominated society. We’ll start seating fifteen minutes before the plenary begins at 5:00 PM on November 19th at SFU Harbour Centre.
Check out the rest of our program at 2016.mediademocracydays.ca.