Join us in listening to a panel of speakers: Whess Harman, Rachel Chong and Su-Laine Yeo Brodsky discuss feminist and Indigenous citation practices. As in the past years, we continue to address the gaps in information and within the editing community Wikipedia to centre the work of women, feminist, indigenous, queer, non-binary, and immigrant art and artists. This year, we will be working together on the creation and expansion of pages for Vancouver artists who are under-represented on Wikipedia.
We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, as well as direction on where to get started. Feel free to bring your own art + feminism related wikipedia editing project ideas, or partake in a collective effort towards editing pages for local artist(s)!
People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.
Who doesn’t love Wikipedia! Here’s your chance to become a Wikipedia editor and make a difference. We invite people of all gender identities and expressions to come and work together to correct the gender imbalance of Wikipedia and create and edit articles to improve the coverage on feminism, gender and the arts. We will provide a list of Vancouver-specific artists to create and expand upon the pages of, as well as opportunities for collaboration and guidance.
Feel free to bring your own ideas and editing projects that align with our goals of expanding the diversity and writership of Wikipedia.
Why We Edit:
Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors were women. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of representation from women and nonbinary editors. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that.
Panel speaker biographies
Rachel Chong is of Metis-settler decent, with Ojibwe and Sioux ancestry. Her maternal grandfather is Metis from the Red River Settlement in what is now known as St. Boniface, Manitoba. Rachel has an MLIS with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration from the University of British Columbia, and a BA from Simon Fraser University. Her Professional & Scholarly Interests: include Indigenous information literacy, Indigenous research methods, and Language revitalization. Her Personal Interests: include Loom beading, Ethnobotany, and Indigenous children’s literature.
Whess Harman is Carrier Wit’at, a nation amalgamated by the federal government under the Lake Babine Nation. They graduated from the emily carr university’s BFA program in 2014 and are currently living and working on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh as the curator at grunt gallery. Their multidisciplinary practice includes beading, illustration, text, poetry and curation. They use their practice as way of interpreting questions of identity and relation and prioritize internal community dialogue over colonial frameworks. As a mixed-race, trans/non-binary artist they work to find their way through anxiety and queer melancholy with humour and a carefully mediated cynicism that the galleries go hog wild for. Current projects include the Potlatch Punk series, various text-based works, zines, and comics.
Su-Laine Yeo Brodsky is a freelance writer in the software industry and is currently writing a book about Wikipedia. She therefore loves any and all questions about how Wikipedia works. Su-Laine has been contributing to Wikipedia for many years, mostly in the areas of marine biology, women’s health, and climate change. Her best explanation for this unusual hobby is, “When I feel helpless about the way the world is going, it’s therapeutic to go to one of Wikipedia’s climate change articles and make it suck a little bit less.”"