Considerations for the Decolonization of Settler-Dominated Classification Schemes

Standard classification systems, such as Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), often overlook or outright deny the utility of Indigenous
Knowledges in favour of settler-centric epistemologies and narratives. Exclusion in these cases
can sometimes mean a lack of representation of Indigenous concepts, appropriate terminology or
names for Indigenous peoples, or even the relegation of Indigenous topics to the field of history.
This website is intended to provide resources to help explain these biases, and topics to be
considered when attempting to supplement these classification systems for use in their own

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Tyler Chawner:

Tyler is an American settler, descended from various European cultures. He graduated with a
MA in History and minor in museum studies from Texas A&M University. He is currently a
degree candidate for a Master in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of
Alberta, located on Treaty 6 Territory, the Traditional Lands of First Nations and M├ętis peoples.
He hopes to pursue a career in archives or museums, with a goal of helping to ensure accurate
stories of all peoples are able to be told.