Conference Program

All programming will take place in the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Longhouse unless otherwise noted. You can download a PDF copy of the program here. Program may be subject to change.

Besides access to all programming, registration fees include meals and refreshments during conference hours (tea and coffee throughout; catered lunches on Friday and Saturday; morning and afternoon catered breaks).

Note: Champagne and Aishihik First Nations will host a Kohklux Map Potlatch Celebration on October 18-19. Open to all, it will feature stories and information about families in Alaska and Yukon linked by the maps, languages, cultures, and history.

Thursday, 24 October  
10:00 AM-4:00 PM Digital Preservation Workshop for Small and Medium-sized Institutions
Instructor: Ern Bieman (CHIN)
Location: Yukon Archives
See description below.
7:00-9:00 PM Opening and Evening Reception
Open to public. Includes opening of exhibition
Friday, 25 October  
9:00-9:30 AM Welcome
Bessie Cooley, Tlingit Prayer
Lani Hotch & Linda Johnson, Chairs, Co-ordinating Committee
9:30-11:30 AM Introduction to the Maps and their Makers
Lani Hotch – Who were Kohklux and his Wives?
John Cloud – Who was George Davidson?
Catered Health Break - Sponsored by Association franco-yukonnaise
Gerald Isaac – Who was Paul Kandik?
Yann Herry – Who was François Mercier?
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Catered Lunch  - Sponsored by Yukon Chamber of Mines
12:30-2:30 PM Trade and the Social Life of the Maps
Klukwan Elders & Lani Hotch – Klukwan trade to the Yukon
Sheila Joe & Sheila Greer – Oral History & On-the-land Investigations of the Kusawa Route
John Cloud – The Kohklux Maps in Larger Context, Cultural and Cartographic
2:30-3:00 PM Catered Health Break - Sponsored by Yukon Energy  
3:00-5:00 PM Indigenous Languages and Naming Places
Doug Hitch – Speaking the Kohklux Maps
Christian Thomas – Ta’Tla Mun and the Kohklux Map?
Elders TBC
5:00-7:00 PM Dinner on your own
7:00-9:00 PM Astronomy Field Trip (TBC if clear skies)
Alternate: Films and stories at KDCC (TBC)
Saturday, 26 October  
9:00-11:30 AM Contemporary Mapmaking with Indigenous Place Names
Christine Schreyer, Louise Gordon, Cherish Clarke, K’édukà Jack, Nicole Gordon – Mapping From the Edge of Kohklux’s Map and the Centre of Taku River Territory
Catered Health Break
Drew Blaney, Betty Wilson, Randy Timothy, Sr., Bert Finnamore – Tla’amin Names Project
Yoko Kugo Memories, Navigations, & Family Histories in Iliamna Lake Yup’ik Place Names, Southwest Alaska
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Catered Lunch
12:30-2:00 PM Imagining Place
Norm Easton – Anthropology and the Construction of Geophysical Cultural Boundaries in the Western Subarctic of North America
Sally Robinson – Mapmaking: Visual Stories of the Land
Marina Hulzenga – Liminal Space | Awasitipahaskan: The space of a threshold from one domain to another
Dylan Burrows – Inughuit Abroad: The Transatlantic Trail of Qalasirssuaq, “The Christian Esquimeaux,” 1849-1856
2:00-2:30 PM Catered Health Break
2:30-4:00 PM Eclipse, Astronomy, and Science
Elders TBC – Stories of the Skies and beyond
Deborah Kent – Glorious Beyond Description: A Solar Eclipse for American Science, 1869
Bradford Wirt – Modern Remote Mapping Using US Geological Survey Data Products
4:00-5:00 PM
KDCC Artist Studio
Archival & Museum Practice (technical panel)
Ern Bieman – Case Studies in Digital Preservation for Small & Medium-Sized Institutions
Other organizations to be confirmed
4:00-5:00 PM
KDCC Classrooms
Poster Sessions
Gerad Smith – Mapping the Traditional Names of the Tanana Valley
Jessica Alfred, Victoria Castillo – Cross-Cultural Exchange Along the Yukon River: Chilkat, Northern Tutchone, & Hudson’s Bay Company Fur Traders at Fort Selkirk & their Material Culture
Sheila Joe – Kwädą̄ y kʼè, Dákeyi Ghàdījal: Really Long-Ago Time, Our Country, We All Travel
6:00-9:00 PM Evening Gala wtih buffet feast and performance (tickets sold separately)
Sunday, 27 October  
9:00-11:30 AM Travel and Journey Experiences
Bessie Cooley, Frances Woolsey, Linda Johnson – Travelling with Kohklux & Kandik: Learning from Lives & Landscapes
Catered Health Break
Michael Gates – Travelling the Kohklux Trails
Daniel Henry – Crossing the Shaman’s River – Conversations in Context
Others TBC
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Closing Remarks

Pre-Conference Workshop

Digital Preservation Workshop for Small and Medium-sized Institutions
Instructor: Ern Bieman (CHIN)
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (1-hour break for lunch)
Location: Yukon Archives

The gathering of any cultural heritage information today involves a digital element; whether this is the electronic documentation of museum collections or archival fonds, the digitization of tangible objects through scanning and photography, or the recording of intangible cultural heritage through audio and video.

Using digital equipment simplifies work. It facilitates the searching and browsing of your information, and the sharing of it within and beyond your community. In some cases (as with the recording of intangible cultural heritage), it creates digital artifacts in their own right.
However, digitized formats can also leave one exposed to the risk of losing access: loss of stored media, degradation of physical carriers, loss of hardware, changes to operating systems, software, and file formats, loss of copyright information, provenance information, and confirmation of object authenticity, are among a few of the issues affecting access.

Digital preservation standards exist, but much of it is daunting to all but the largest of institutions. This workshop, distills and prioritizes many of the existing standards and best practices, and offers a path for even the smallest institutions to implement the most important and practical elements that are core to digital preservation. Using the Canadian Heritage Information Network’s Digital Preservation Toolkit as a roadmap, we will learn how to conduct a survey of digital assets, how to develop a digital preservation policy, and how to select and implement a digital preservation plan. The workshop will also provide practical advice on implementing and managing digital preservation technologies in small institutions