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Indigenous Scholars Launch All-Indigenous History Portal

June 21, 2018 10:48 AM | News

Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum of the University of Winnipeg. (MCMASTER UNIVERSITY/SUPPLIED)

ShekonNeechie.ca is now live.

The new platform, designed to help Indigenous historians gather, was founded and directed by seven Indigenous historians and launched on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“This new platform is entirely Indigenous conceived, created, and controlled,” the group said in a press release.

“Though there are many history websites in Canada and abroad that attempt to convey Indigenous perspectives, their managing boards, advisory councils, editors, staff, and contributors are all (or nearly all) people who reflect the relative homogeneity and whiteness of the historical profession.

“This new resource is dedicated to contemporary issues related to Indigenous history. It will include features, podcasts and videos, and creation of a bibliography and links to other Indigenous scholars for educators and the general public.”

ShekonNeechie.ca was founded by seven Indigenous historians including Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum (University of Winnipeg) Dr. Robert Innes, Head of the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Saskatchewan steered the project with Noah Favel, an undergraduate student at the University of Saskatchewan.

“Dr. McCallum and her colleagues are showcasing Indigenous innovation and how scholarship and transmitting knowledge(s) are pivotal in transforming our academic institutions and disciplines,” says Dr. Jaime Cidro, Acting Indigenous Academic Lead, UWinnipeg.