Indigenous Archival Landscapes

Susan Hill


What are some of the key archival needs related to Indigenous peoples in North America? What kinds of experiences do Indigenous researchers encounter when surveying mainstream archives for historical evidence pertaining to their families, communities, and Nations? What kind of work is needed to bring greater balance to Indigenous archival landscapes? This presentation will look at examples of Indigenous archival experiences, primarily in a North American context. These will include Indigenous representations in mainstream archives, Indigenous experiences with mainstream archives, Indigenous archival development, and Indigenous archival aspirations. Key examples will include aspects of digitization for community knowledge sharing, stories from Library and Archives Canada, and projects of the American Philosophical Society’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR).


Susan M. Hill recently joined the University of Toronto as the Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies. She is a Haudenosaunee citizen from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her areas of research include Haudenosaunee history, Indigenous research methodologies and ethics, and Indigenous territoriality. She is the author of The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee land tenure on the Grand River. She held previous faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University.