For those of you who are interested in "small" Wikipedias and Indigenous
languages, here's a new academic paper co-signed by yours truly.
Published in an open access journal :)
Nathalie Casemajor (Seeris)
*Openness, Inclusion and Self-Affirmation: Indigenous knowledge in Open
This paper is based on an action research project (Greenwood and Levin,
1998) conducted in 2016-2017 in partnership with the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw
Nation and Wikimedia Canada. Built into the educational curriculum of a
secondary school on the Manawan reserve, the project led to the launch of a
Wikipedia encyclopaedia in the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw language. We discuss
the results of the project by examining the challenges and opportunities
raised in the collaborative process of creating Wikimedia content in the
Atikamekw Nehirowisiw language. What are the conditions of inclusion of
Indigenous and traditional knowledge in open projects? What are the
cultural and political dimensions of empowerment in this relationship
between openness and inclusion? How do the processes of inclusion and
negotiation of openness affect Indigenous skills and worlding processes?
Drawing from media studies, indigenous studies and science and technology
studies, we adopt an ecological perspective (Star, 2010) to analyse the
complex relationships and interactions between knowledge practices,
ecosystems and infrastructures. The material presented in this paper is the
result of the group of participants’ collective reflection digested by one
Atikamekw Nehirowisiw and two settlers. Each co-writer then brings his/her
own expertise and speaks from what he or she knows and has been trained for.
Casemajor N., Gentelet K., Coocoo C. (2019), « Openness, Inclusion and
Self-Affirmation: Indigenous knowledge in Open Knowledge Projects », *Journal
of Peer Production*, no13, pp. 1-20.
More info about the Atikamekw Wikipetcia project and the involvement
of Wikimedia Canada: