RIA Salon 87: Beth Greenhorn, Project Naming

RIA Salon 87: Beth Greenhorn,

Project Naming

project naming

Martha (née Ipuaraapik) Kasudluak with photographs of herself from the collections of Library and Archives Canada, Inukjuak (Port Harrison), Nunavik, Quebec, April 2016Photo courtesy of Johnny Kasudluak

Thursday, January 24th, 2018 – 7.30 PM

At RIA, Email researchinart.ria@gmail for your personal invitation and the address. Seats are limited, so please rsvp, asap

Beth writes: Project Naming

As the national archival repository, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has millions of photographs in its holdings. In addition to the photographic records taken by federal public servants, it includes thousands of images in private collections pertaining to Canadian history. A large number of these photographers document the three Indigenous peoples in Canada. Until the mid-twentieth century, the prevailing attitude asserted that Indigenous peoples would disappear or assimilate into the dominant European-based society. Consequently, the names of Indigenous peoples depicted in LAC’s photographic documents were rarely recorded. Project Naming changed that. This identification initiative began in 2002 as a collaboration between Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a college program based in Ottawa, the Government of Nunavut and LAC. Project Naming has developed into an internationally renowned photographic identification and digitization project. Over the years, LAC has collaborated with a number of community-based Indigenous organizations and universities. In 2015, LAC officially expanded the project to include photographs depicting all three Indigenous groups in Canada. Since 2002, LAC has digitized more than 10,000 photographs with Indigenous content, and has received the names of more than one-quarter of the individuals. Through digitization, First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit have a voice and play a central role in correcting the historical record.

Beth Greenhorn has an MA in Canadian Art History from Carleton University. She is a Senior Project Manager at Library and Archives Canada. From 2003-2017, she managed Project Naming, a nationally and internationally recognized community-based initiative involving the digitization of photographs depicting First Nations, the Métis Nation and Inuit peoples. She curated the travelling exhibition (2016-present), Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Collections of Library and Archives Canada, and was a curator on Pathways: Following Traces of Indigenous Routes Across Ontario, an exhibition in collaboration with Toronto Public Library. In December 2017, she began working on We Are Here: Sharing Stories, a three-year project involving the digitization of archival records and published works containing Indigenous content held at LAC.

A note on the Salons.

1. Every month or so (there have been some hiatuses) Rene and I invite an artist, who has done a project outside the Ottawa area, to give a presentation in our home. This could be about an exhibition, a presentation, a residency or a research trip. It is a nice, informal way to get to know about something that we don’t have a chance to experience in person.

2. We have also invited artists who are new in town to give a presentation about their work.

3. And we are interested to hear from artists who have graduated from the MFA program at Ottawa U. and have settled in Ottawa.

The get-togethers are super casual, and the talks are short so there is lots of time for discussions about all sorts of things. People take turns to bring wine (we ask different people each time). This isn’t about food, so we usually have only chips. Invitations to speakers are based on coincidence, happenstance and word of mouth. There is only space for 20 people, first RSVP-ed first served, so please RSVP as soon as possible. If there are more people than seats, we create a waiting list. For the following salon, the people on the waiting list get an advanced notice. We are trying not to turn the salons into a club, and this is the best way we know of getting different people together at different times. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t get in the first time. Although there are now more than 340 names on the RIA list, people usually can attend at least 1 out of 2 salons.
If you sign up but can’t make it at the last moment, let us know, so we can contact someone on the waiting list.