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University of Manitoba librarians and archivists engage in research that documents past human rights abuses and triumphs, along with current struggles.

Camille Callison

Camille is Indigenous Services Librarian at the University of Manitoba.

She is from Tsesk iye (Crow) Clan of the Tahltan Nation and has always been committed to giving back to community and facilitating the intergenerational knowledge transfer of history and culture. She holds a BA in Anthropology and a M.L.I.S. First Nations Concentration and is dedicated to the preservation of Indigenous knowledge, culture and cultural material in a variety of mediums for future generations.

Experience working within First Nations communities has strengthened Camille’s conviction that training professionals in the fields of Indigenous knowledge and cultural preservation in essential to continued cultural continuity and maintaining our distinct way of life as Indigenous peoples.

Dr. Shelley Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney is the head of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. She helped found three archival organizations and is a charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Sweeney wrote, with colleagues, the code of ethics for the Canadian archival profession.

She is a key member of the committee that pulled together the University of Manitoba’s proposal to house the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s archives.

History professor Dr. David Churchill and Sweeney were awarded a two-year grant from the University of Manitoba Academic Enhancement Fund for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two-Spirited (LGBTT) Archival and Oral History Initiative.

The Manitoba Gay and Lesbian Archives, which includes online materials, launched in summer 2012.

This initiative has dramatically enhanced LGBTT resources at the University of Manitoba and will ultimately make the university a centre for research excellence in the interdisciplinary field related to the decades-long struggle by LGBTT people and communities for human rights, social justice, and dignity.

Sweeney is also on a UNESCO committee on Culture, Communication and Information, where she champions good record keeping as one way to protect human rights through government accountability and transparency.

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