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Deborah Lee BA (with Distinction), MLIS Faculty Rank: Librarian

Librarian, Indigenous collections and Indigenous community initiatives

122.3 Murray Library


Tan’si. I am a Cree & Métis librarian, originally from Treaty 6 Territory, near Edmonton. The Sturgeon River, extending from Lac Ste. Anne to St. Albert, sustained my family for generations.

I have worked in libraries since the spring of 2000, starting out at the National Library of Canada (which later merged with the National Archives of Canada to become Library and Archives Canada) in Ottawa, and, in 2007, moving to my preferred profession of academic librarianship at the University of Saskatchewan. I have been involved with many Indigenous librarianship initiatives, including the development and growth of the well-used, well-received, and recently updated Indigenous Studies Portal; subject librarianship in Indigenous Studies; and numerous community initiatives and partnership activities. I have also co-curated an exhibit for the first National Truth & Reconciliation Day, Sept. 30, 2021, called Not Just Another Day Off: Orange Shirt Day and the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Also, since 2020, I have worked part-time with the Council of Prairie & Pacific University Libraries (or COPPUL) as the Indigenous Knowledge Coordinator, where I have engaged in many decolonization initiatives in collaboration with the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee. See the Indigenous Knowledge page and the strategic decolonizing work that is underway.


Research Areas: Indigenous librarianship; culturally relevant librarian practices and services; Indigenous literature and authors; Indigenous art and artists.

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