Sometimes data are not missing or invisible because they have not been collected, they’re invisible because they’re being protected. In many cases, data on Indigenous communities are not always accessible because Indigenous peoples have data sovereignty; meaning, they have the right to control the collection, storage, and access to their data.
As we move towards further decolonization and reconciliation, the need to uphold Indigenous data sovereignty becomes more evident. Due to colonialism and racism, historically data sovereignty was violated. The prevailing practice was research conducted on Indigenous peoples instead of with Indigenous peoples. Often the research violated basic ethical practices such as informed consent and right to withdraw and in some cases was abusive and deadly to Indigenous peoples. Research was frequently conducted on Indigenous children forced into the residential school system. For example, the abusive research and data collection practices in the Nutrition Studies conducted in the 1940s and 50s. These studies involved Indigenous children being malnourished and starved so researchers could determine food guidelines. Not only were these practices grossly abusive, inhumane, and unethical, they are also still affecting the health of Indigenous peoples today.
We’re happy to share that the latest, upgraded version of Quick Find is now available! Quick Find is the Dr. John Archer Library and Archives’ search interface, which includes millions of electronic and physical items. The latest version of Quick Find also includes some new features:
Access to the Archives’ digitized collections, including historical materials and art collections
Integrated chat widgets, so you can get the support you need while searching
Browsing journals by discipline
Sending links to WhatsApp and other social media platforms
Congratulation to our two winners of the Blind Date with a Sask Book contest, Ariston Bodnarchuk (photo 1) and Nicholas Antonini (photo 2), shown here with Blind Date Event organizer Corina van den Berg of the Archer Library. Ariston and Nicholas each won a set of books donated by the University of Regina Press.
Monday, February 20th is Family Day in Saskatchewan, which means the Archer Library will switch to holiday hours for that day. The library building, main Help Desk and the IT Support desk will be open from 12:00 pm until 4:45 pm only. The Archives Help Desk will be closed for the day.
We will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, February 21st. Our hours for Reading Week are the same as usual.
Archer Library is pleased to offer and host the third consecutive semester of the University of Regina Anti-Oppression Book Club.
The first meeting for Winter 2023 will be Thursday March 9 from 2:00pm-3:00pm via Zoom, discussing the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timeby Mark Haddon. Additional sessions will be March 16th and 23rd from 2-3pm respectively, and attendees are welcome to participate in any or all sessions as they are available.
We were thrilled to have the chance to participate in this year’s Saskatchewan Archives Week video series. Follow the link below for a behind-the-scenes tour of the U of R Archives. Thanks to the Saskatchewan Council for Archives & Archivists and On Reel Media for helping us put the video together! Happy Archives Week!
The Archer Library and Archives are pleased to host Arts Intern Abby Phair for this semester. As part of a partnership between Grow Regina, the Faculty of Arts and the University Archives, Abby is documenting the history of Grow Regina for future research use. Welcome Abby!