For the past several years UBC Library, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, and event sponsors (see below) have organized the Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. This edit-a-thon event, inspired by Daniel Heath Justice’s twitter campaign of the same name, seeks to bring community editors together to work on editing Wikipedia entries for Indigenous authors in an attempt to tackle the systemic bias of Wikipedia while also trying to raise the profile of Indigenous writers.
Instead of the annual in-person event this year the organizing team has put together a schedule of free events and Wikipedia-related activities designed for virtual participation throughout the month of March 2021. The events include:
- Author readings by Smokii Sumac, Richard Van Camp, Tenille Campbell, Marilyn Dumont and more
- Self-paced Weekly Wikipedia Challenges with prize draws
- Wikipedia training and drop-in Zoom sessions
- A panel discussion from the UBC Vancouver Public Humanities Hub on Wikipedia as public scholarship
- And a social media campaign on Twitter
These events and activities are free and open to anyone to participate. Please join us at our kickoff event and reading with Smokii Sumac on February 24th at 7:00pm PST, and learn more about the other events we have planned! You can also read more at the HIW home page, and at the HIW Wikipedia Meetup Page.
We would also appreciate your support of the event by helping to promote it through your listservs, social media accounts, and other spaces to help raise awareness of Indigenous literature and engage in open community knowledge creation.
The event team has developed a number of social media assets in a variety of sizes for ease of sharing. The assets can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JjUP3kuTsogRBLXv4HF7c281MXLu0x_y?usp=sharing
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions and thank you in advance for any support you can give in making this event a success. Thank you to event sponsors, the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, Iron Dog Books, BCcampus, and the UBC Bookstore.