Archives and Colonialism: Reflections on the SLAIS Archives Core

  • Salma Berrada SLAIS at the University of British Columbia
Keywords: Decolonizing archives, Indigenization, Whiteness


A discussion of the role of archives in sustaining the heritage and living memory of Indigenous communities.

Author Biography

Salma Berrada, SLAIS at the University of British Columbia
Dual MAS/MLIS Candidate at the University of British Columbia.


Jean-Pierre Wallot. “Archival Oneness in the Midst of Diversity: A Personal Perspective.” American Archivist, Vol.59. Winter 1996. 28-29

Dr. Spencer Lilley, “Decolonize or indigenize?: Transitionising for the information profession” (presentation, UBC, Vancouver, BC, December 8th, 2015)

McCracken, Krista. “Community Archival Practice: Indigenous Grassroots Collaboration at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.” American Archivist 78 (Spring/Summer 2015).

McRanor, Shauna. “Maintaining the Reliability of Aboriginal Oral Records and Their Material Manifestations: Implications for Archival Practice.” Archivaria 43 (Spring 1997).

Sheen S. Levine and David Stark. “Diversity Makes You Brighter. “ The New York Times. Dec 9th 2015 (

Critical Reflection