NWTLA Supports and Endorses the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee Report

The CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations are now available.

The Northwest Territories Library Association endorses the 10 recommendations presented in the Canadian Federation of Library Associations-Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques (CFLA-FCAB) Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations:

1. As CFLA-FCAB is a national voice with the ability to influence national and international policy regarding issues of importance, we request the CFLA-FCAB create a permanent Standing Committee on Indigenous Matters utilizing the medicine wheel framework developed by the Truth & Reconciliation Committee;

2. The T&R Committee supports and endorses the CFLA-FCAB Position Statement on Library and Literacy Services for Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) Peoples of Canada;

3. Encourage libraries, archives and cultural memory institutions to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada 94 Calls to Action, several of which have been identified as having a direct impact on libraries and archives and are prioritized in this report, and to implement a status report on a yearly basis to monitor their implementation;

4. Ensure accessibility moving forward by continually reminding stakeholders that material produced and programming planned in the future should be accessible to all Canadians. CELA (the Center for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (the National Network for Equitable Library Service) are positioned to support these efforts.

5. Decolonize Access and Classification by addressing the structural biases in existing schemes of knowledge organization and information retrieval arising from colonialism by committing to integrating Indigenous epistemologies into cataloguing praxis and knowledge management;

6. Decolonizing Libraries and Space by recognizing and supporting Indigenous cultures, languages and knowledges through culturally appropriate space planning, interior design, signage, art installations, territorial acknowledgements of geographic-specific traditional territories and public programming in collaboration with local Indigenous stakeholders;

7. Enhancing opportunities for Indigenous library, archival and information professionals as well as the inclusion of Indigenous epistemologies in the Canadian library and archives profession through culturally appropriate pedagogy, recruitment practices, professional and continuing education and cross-cultural training in collaboration with local Indigenous stakeholders and partners;

8. Recommend the implementation of Indigenous Knowledge Protection protocols and agreements with local and other Indigenous groups who have holdings in libraries, archives and/or cultural memory institutions to respect the Indigenous cultural concept of copyright with regard to Indigenous history or heritage, which is often located in but not limited to oral traditions, songs, dance, storytelling, anecdotes, place names, hereditary names and other forms of Indigenous knowledges; recommend that CFLA-FCAB actively participate in reforming the Canadian Copyright Act to include protection of Indigenous knowledges and languages while advocating for changes to include traditional knowledge as outlined and recommended by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) – Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (http://www.wipo.int/tk/en/igc/). We join the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to call upon Library and Archives Canada to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action #69 (Appendix D) by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf and the Updated Set of Principles for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights through Action to Combat Impunity (2005), more commonly known as the Joinet/Orentlicher Principles http://www.derechos.org/nizkor/impu/principles.html;

9. Establish an online database of “living documents” to highlight existing Best Practices of Indigenous Services in libraries, archives, and cultural memory institutions that will serve as a foundation to help disseminate those best practices and for this “living document” to be updated preferably on a quarterly basis but minimally semi-annually;

10. Maintain a database of Indigenous organizations or groups committed to preserving cultural memory primarily, but not limited to, libraries, archives, language preservation, cultural history/museums to build relationships; to support the development of an Indigenous association of library, archives and cultural memory institutions; and to support in principle the National Aboriginal Library Association (NALA) regarding their stated intent of developing First Nations public libraries on reserves.

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Seuss-Mania at the Gumboots Rally!

The NWTLA Seuss-Mania team participated in the annual Gumboot Rally.  Louise Boettger, Elizabeth Ferch, Brenda MacLeod, Francine Dennis and Trudy Joosse had a rolicking good time as they booted about the games area rolling marbles,  tossing gumboots and other gumboot games.
The Gumboot Rally is a fundraiser for the Yellowknife Association for Community Living. Check out their website –  www.ykacl.ca.
Seuss-Mania team members agree that Gumboot Rally is an excellent time to meet with friends and participate in a fundraiser for a good cause.  And, of course,  we get to wear our Seuss costumes and be silly.20170429_112045-1_resized
– Brenda MacLeod

Career Opportunity – EXTENDED!

Manager, Library & Information Services

Aurora College

Aurora CollegeYellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Department Information
Aurora College is focused on student success and is committed to supporting the development of our Northern society through excellence in education, training, and research that is culturally sensitive and responsive to the people we serve.

Job Information

The Manager, Library and Information Services reports to the College Librarian. Working independently, the Manager performs professional level work which makes a significant contribution to the organization by ensuring that appropriate library and information services, resources and programs are made available to all faculty and students of the Campus as well as the Community Learning Centers (CLCs) served by the Campus. The Manager provides distance library services for the Yellowknife North Slave Campus and regional CLCs and is responsible for assisting with developing and monitoring electronic access to the library’s collections for distance students. The Manager also provides professional advice and leadership, when requested, in the development and delivery of Aurora College library services and promotes cooperative projects with other college and regional library services.

The Manager is responsible for advising faculty and staff of the campus and campus region regarding copyright matters and for providing Copyright Act compliance and licensing information.

The provision of such programs and services has a profound impact on student academic success and on the ability of faculty to develop and deliver instruction and conduct independent research. The Manager supports the College Librarian with strategic planning and development of library services in conjunction with strategic program planning and the effective functioning of the library. He/she is responsible for the implementation of library policies and procedures, for the selection, organization, and cataloging of materials and for the quality and accuracy of responses to research requests. The Manager provides library and information services to external organizations and members of the public in all regions of the Northwest Territories.

The Manager makes purchasing decisions for the acquisition of library resources and supplements this by obtaining funding for additional resources from campus programs. The Manager is accountable for a budget of approximately $300K, is responsible for a collection of approximately 6,000 print titles valued at over $500K, and electronic subscriptions valued at approximately $20,000. The Manager directly supervises a staff of 1.0 Library Technician position, plus several part-time casual assistants who work evening and weekend library hours.

Library management includes recruiting, selecting, training and supervising library assistants as needed. The total budget impact is approximately $1M. On average, there are more than 40,000 annual visits to the library by students, staff, and members of the public.

The library is a necessary component to all academic programs, and in particular to the certification of the baccalaureate Nursing Program. Failure to provide sufficient and appropriate library services would result in de-certification of this program.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • Completion of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science
  • 3 years’ experience in an academic library at the professional librarian level
  • 2 years supervisory experience in a library

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information
The salary range for this position is from $44.75 per hour to $53.44 per hour (approximately $87,263.00 – $104,208.00) plus an annual Northern Allowance of $3,450.00.

Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.

Criminal Records Check
Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check if they are contacted for an interview. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action
Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace. If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening ID #14140 Closing Date: March 31, 2017
Apply to: http://www.hr.gov.nt.ca/employment

Inquiries Only:
Management & Recruitment Services
Department of Human Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Yellowknife Centre 5th Floor
PO Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
Fax: (867) 873-0445
Email: jobsyk@gov.nt.ca

Great Opportunity!

RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices

Good day, The Canadian Museum of History is now accepting applications for the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices. Please feel free to circulate the attached information among your contacts. Further information is available at www.historymuseum.ca/aboriginaltraining


Bonjour, Le Musée canadien de l’histoire accepte maintenant les demandes pour le Programme de formation en pratiques muséales destiné aux Autochtones. Nous vous serions reconnaissants de bien vouloir faire circuler l’information ci-jointe parmi vos contacts. Des informations supplémentaires sont disponibles au www.museedelhistoire.ca/formationautochtones