Decolonizing and Indigenizing School Library Learning Commons

Many teacher-librarians are working to address the challenges of organizing our library programs, spaces and collections to respectfully raise the profile of indigenous stories and to support first peoples principles of learning and the curricular changes that emphasize the importance of this work.

In this session we will consider:

  1. goals of decolonizing indigenous resources
  2. classification systems that reflect Indigenous knowledge, culture, and beliefs
  3. considerations for teacher-librarians decolonizing their indigenous resources
  4. considerations for resources left in a colonial classification system
  5. the effects of our personal biases

Target Audience



12:44 PM - 3:00 PM
Room Library
École Secondaire Esquimalt High School

This session is full.

This workshops is held offsite at École Secondaire Esquimalt High School - 847 Colville Rd - Victoria, BC - V9A 4N9 - Canada


  • Greater Victoria Teacher Librarians' Association
    Geoff Orme

    Grateful for the opportunity to have grown up, live and work in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, the Esquimalt and Songhees nations, Geoff has had the honour of serving as the teacher-librarian at Esquimalt High School since 2001.  Geoff is honoured to work with a great team of teacher-librarian colleagues and serve as the president of the Greater-Victoria Teacher-Librarians' Association (GVTLA).

  • Andrea Lapointe

    Andrea LaPointe is the Teacher Librarian Helping Teacher in the Surrey School District.  She has been a Teacher Librarian for 16 years and also teaches in the Queens University Teacher Librarian certificate program.  Currently she is focusing her learning on student voice to work towards equity and reconciliation through the role of the Teacher Librarian.