Grants:Project/Rapid/Indigenous Knowledges Wikimedia Workshop

Smallison/Indigenous Knowledges Wikimedia Workshop
Support the travel for member of the project to travel to Toronto to speak about the Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language in Wikimedia projects at an workshop on supporting Indigenous knowledge and language through Wikimedia projects.
start date28/01
start year2019
end date29/01
end year2019
budget (local currency)$755
budget (USD)$568.93
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusyes
organization (if applicable)• Ryerson University Library
website (if applicable)

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

This project is a 1.5 day workshop intended to introduce people in the cultural heritage/GLAM sector to using the Wikimedia project platforms to support initiatives related to Indigenous peoples, languages, knowledge, and cultures. There will be training, time for editing, and speakers.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

Information has been circulated to specialized email lists and a meetup page and eventbrite page have been created. As of 14/01/2019 the event is "sold out" as we have reached our limit of 25 participants.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

Yes. Stacy Allison-Cassin is experienced and active in the Wikimedia projects and has extensive experience organizing events. Trina Grover has editing experience and extensive experience organizing events. We also have the support Camille Callison who is experienced in organizing events focused on Indigenous knowledge and language in the cultural heritage sector.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

We have requested that people bring laptops. If individuals do not have laptops they will be supplied through Ryerson University library.

It is assumed that most participants will be new to the Wikimedia projects and therefore the schedule allows for a mix of presentations, discussions and hands-on editing time. Because the workshop will be attended by professionals there discussion will focus on incorporating this work into professional work.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will continue to engage people by inviting people to join the Wikimedia projects linked above as well as encourage the creation of a local group.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

This grant is to support the travel expenses to bring a member from the Atikamekw knowledge, culture and language in Wikimedia projects to Toronto to give a presentation about the project and engage in community discussion. This presentation will have impact because it provides concrete evidence of how a project can be conducted with an Indigenous community, as well as following the practice of doing things in a "good way" by respecting community protocols and wishes.

2019 has been declared by the United Nations to be the year of Indigenous Languages. Concrete demonstrations of how Wikimedia projects can be used to support language revitalization thus has particular impact this year. It is hoped that this will lead to projects/events this year.

This event is intended to support the work of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Indigenous Matters group as both Trina Grover and Stacy Allison-Cassin are members. The group is considering actively using Wikimedia platforms for their work. Further, the National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance is being launched at Ryerson University immediately following the conclusion of the workshop and this event is deliberately collocated.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events: 1
  2. Number of participants: 25
  3. Number of new editors: 15
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 25 (we are not focusing on creating new articles, but will edit existing articles)
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events) N/A


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

  • We have in-kind support from Ryerson University Library. They are providing meeting space, equipment, and staff time.
  • Wikimedia Canada has pre-approved a grant to support refreshments.
  • The workshop is being organized by Stacy Allison-Cassin, Trina Grover (Ryerson), and Camille Callison (University of Manitoba). The event has also received organizational support from the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Indigenous Matters Committee and organizational support from members of the Board of Wikimedia Canada.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

  • Transportation (VIA Rail economy fare): $175 CND
  • Accommodation: $400 CND
  • Per diem: $60x3 CND
  • Total: 755 CND


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • The participation of a member of the Atikamekw Project will greatly augment the impact of this event. Amqui (talk) 15:28, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Telling the "Lessons learned" by a member of the Atikamekw project can help the movement to develop another similar project and avoid common pitfalls. Benoit Rochon (talk) 23:16, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Promoting language revitalization is key to moving forward with reconciliation in Canada. Grovertrina (talk) 18:27, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Events like this workshop are key to seeing Wikimedia projects as avenues for improved community participation in knowledge creation on the internet. Particularly in this case for Indigenous people, knowledge and culture which have been traditionally underrepresented. Deanofdata (talk) 20:19, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
  • Wikimedia project platforms like Wikidata are emerging as important tools supporting the preservation and revitalization of language and a place to foster the growth of community knowledge. In this time of truth and reconciliation it is important to hear perspectives from indigenous communities like the Atikamekw nation, a leading voice in the Aboriginal Communities Outreach Project of Wikimedia Canada. I fully support and endorse this proposal to bring a member of that community to share their knowledge and experience with participants at the Indigenous Knowledges Wikimedia Workshop in Toronto. Freemoth (talk) 16:47, 15 January 2019 (UTC)