Welcome to Archive/Counterarchive

Knowledge Architectures of Audiovisual Archives

This Working Group will address issues relating to building knowledge architectures for respectful and sustainable audiovisual heritage in Canada. 

More specifically, we ask: 

  • How can we enhance meaningful and responsive access to audiovisual materials of community cultural heritage archives and knowledges?

  • How can we use innovative archival praxis and appropriate technologies of audiovisual heritage to respectfully facilitate the respectful curation, preservation, and access of community knowledges? 

  • How can we address inherent cultural bias embedding in existing organizational structures and rectify inherently problematic language in current schematics to describe ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and identity? 



  • Develop respectful protocols around knowledges that are community driven.

  • Create a respectful information sharing protocol that recognizes relationships and community sharing protocols, in collaboration with will be worked on jointly with the Intellectual Property (IP) Working Group.

  • Recognize the importance of meaningful relationships through respectful curation, preservation, points of access, and the protection of knowledges and cultural memory in archives be developed. 

  • Create a resource list of best practices, ontologies, respectful protocols, and ethical considerations for Case Studies, Working Groups, and a community of researchers to refer to.

  • Address inherent cultural bias embedded within existing organizational structures and rectify inherently problematic language currently located in metadata in schematics to describe ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and identity.

  • Practice iterative metadata processes, assessing how to set up metadata development processes that can be flexible for Case Study and each community.

  • Create a community of practice around the sharing, teaching, and intergenerational transfer of knowledge, while embedding situational epistemologies that honour voices and relationships of cultural memory praxis.

  • In collaboration with the Education Working Group, develop methodologies for ethical curriculum, creating a synergistic working model that integrates multiple ways of knowing, that can lay groundwork and create space for knowledges to be preserved and shared in its unbiased entireties.

Team Members
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Camille Callison

Learning and Organizational Development Librarian
University of Manitoba

Camille Callison, Tsesk iye (Crow) Clan of the Tahltan Nation, was the first Indigenous Services Librarian/Liaison Librarian now the Learning & Organizational Development Librarian and a PhD student (Anthropology) at the University of Manitoba. Camille is Vice-Chair, Indigenous Representative, Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) & Chair, Indigenous Matters Committee, Copyright Committee member, chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Committee, an Indigenous Partner on The Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce, and is on the Advisory Committee for the First Nations Concentration at UBC iSchool. She is a member of IFLA Indigenous Matters Section Standing Committee and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Memory of the World Committee and Sector Commission on Culture, Communications & Information. Camille has presented extensively on the importance of respectful curation, preservation, access, and protection of Indigenous knowledge and cultural memory in libraries, museums, and archives and developing meaningful relationship with Indigenous communities.

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Stacy Allison-Cassin

Associate Librarian
York University Libraries

Stacy Allison-Cassin is an associate librarian in the Student Learning and Academic Success Department at York University Libraries, where she has a specialized focus on digital pedagogy. She has previously held the position of the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship as well as positions in digital humanities and metadata. Her research focuses on the intersections of digital structures, media, and critical theory and forthcoming work is analyzes the interrelationship between affect, digital networks, and the librarian body. With training in orchestral performance, Allison-Cassin frequently focuses on music and is currently completing a PhD in Humanities at York University. Her dissertation utilizes the information theory of Niklas Luhmann to analyze the music of Arcade Fire. As a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Allison-Cassin also works on issues related to Indigeneity, libraries and digital culture, with a specific focus on knowledge organization and metadata. A passionate advocate for social justice and knowledge equity, Allison-Cassin is an active member of the Wikimedia and open access communities.

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Michelle Lovegrove Thomson

Senior Manager, Film Reference Library
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Michelle Lovegrove Thomson is the Senior Manager of the TIFF Film Reference Library, where her focus is on public services, education, film preservation, and access to collections. She holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Alberta, and a BFA in Film Production from York University. She is an alumna of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute (NELI), currently sits on the OLA Special Libraries Council, and is the Special Libraries planner for OLA Super Conference 2019 and 2020.

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Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning

Michigan State University

Manning is a member of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation, an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, educator and youngest of twelve. Currently, she resides in Toronto and is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan State University (Philosophy, 2018-2020). She received a PhD from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario (2018), and holds graduate degrees in critical theory (MA, UWO, 2005), and in contemporary art (MFA, Simon Fraser, 1997), and a BFA in Fine Arts (Windsor, 1994). Manning's interests in archives stems from her family's land claim activism and the function of the archive in the colonial state. She is also interested in the counter archive from the perspective of Anishinaabe epistemology and imaging practices.

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Lisa Sloniowski

Associate Librarian & Faculty Member, Graduate Program in English
York University

Lisa Sloniowski has multiple roles at York University as a humanities librarian in the Scott Library, as a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought, and as a faculty member in the Graduate Program in English. Her research examines the affective labour of librarians as knowledge and memory workers, from a feminist perspective. Her most current work explores the specific archival challenges posed by two special collections: the Barbara Godard library, and an archival collection of feminist pornography.

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Student Researcher

Claudia Sicondolfo

PhD Candidate, Vanier Scholar
York University

Claudia Sicondolfo is a Vanier Scholar and PhD Candidate in the Graduate Department of Film at York University. Her research projects address: film festivals, screen publics, youth and digital media cultures, decolonizing research methodologies and affect in the creative industries. Her doctoral research project examines educational and community outreach strategies within contemporary Canadian digital screen institutions and digital engagement in film festivals. Her research appears in Public Journal and Senses of Cinema, in addition to various book anthologies. Claudia has worked with educational communities across Canada and has published educational companion curriculum for documentaries.

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Raegan Swanson

Executive Director
The ArQuives

Raegan serves as the Executive Director of The ArQuives, formerly known as the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. She holds a BA from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool. She has worked as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, and as the Archival Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick. She is currently working on her PhD, focusing on the role of community archives in First Nations and Inuit communities. She is member of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives Taskforce to respond to the “Calls to Action” Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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