A Guide and Resource Hub for Collaboration with Northern Indigenous Communities
This online resource will support culturally aware and ground-up program development with
Northern Indigenous communities in what is now known as Canada. It will be primarily designed
for LIS professionals, educators, and program providers based in the Southern provinces. The
first component of the resource features a series of detailed steps and best practices for
building relationships and collaborating to develop community-based programming. The second
component is a branching quiz for identifying where you are in the development process and
what work still needs to be done. This resource also contains an information hub featuring links
to useful external guides and examples of successful programs.
Belinda Ongaro (she/her) was born and raised on Treaty 6 territory, and continues to live,
work, and play on this Land as a settler. She is in her second year of the MLIS program at the
University of Alberta, from which she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, with a double
major in English and Psychology. Currently, she is a member of the curriculum development
team for Digital NWT. Previously, she worked on the Popular Print Culture Edmonton Project as
an undergraduate research assistant. Her professional interests are in critical media literacy,
community engagement, and public library services.
Julia Guy (she/her) grew up on Treaty 7 territory but now calls Treaty 6 territory, Métis Region
4, home. Julia is in her third year of a combined Masters in Digital Humanities and Library and
Information Studies. She is currently a Research Assistant for the DigitalNWT project, where
she helps develop curriculum and create educational videos. In the past she has also worked as
an OER content developer for the U of A’s Opening Up Copyright project. Julia has a BFA in
Acting from U of A. Her current thesis work is around the ethical development of social AI.