[Bcoel] Call to Action: Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-athon

Fields, Erin erin.fields at ubc.ca
Tue Feb 19 09:36:33 PST 2019

Hi All,

I know we are all busy with Open Education Week events at our home institutions but  I would like to invite folks to the following event.

Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-athon

Date/Time: March 4, 1-4 pm
Location: First Nations Longhouse, UBC-Vancouver Campus
Cost : Free! There will be author readings, refreshments, and door prizes
Register: http://bit.ly/2X2mV0m <https://t.co/C5HVFb3vx4>

In December 2015 Daniel Heath Justice<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Heath_Justice> (author of “Why Indigenous Literature Matters<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Heath_Justice#Why_Indigenous_Literatures_Matter>") began a Twitter campaign to share the names of Indigenous writers. The reason for his efforts was to “...push back against the frequent assumptions that our literary history is any less complex, robust, or diverse than that of other peoples.”[1]<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Vancouver/Indigenous_Literature_2019#cite_note-1>

So why a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon?

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of open community generated knowledge. The community driven nature of Wikipedia is meant to support Wikipedia’s goal of providing “…every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge.”[2]<https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Vancouver/Indigenous_Literature_2019#cite_note-2> However, well documented systematic bias including, information gaps, exclusions, diversity of articles and editors, and assumptions about neutrality and notability greatly impacts the information that can be found in an information source with millions of views per day.

The Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is seeking to improve the coverage of Indigenous writers on Wikipedia and to encourage diverse community editors to actively work to dissuade assumptions about Indigenous literature by raising their profile in this increasingly influential information source.


Erin Fields  MLIS, BEd, BA
SLAIS Liaison Librarian, Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Librarian, Flexible Learning Coordinator
Humanities and Social Sciences Department - Koerner Library | UBC Library
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