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At the most basic level, Moran hopes his role will inspire students to seek more knowledge about reconciliation and Indigenous history.
“It’s a magnification and an amplification of this long-standing effort to both teach and repair some of the terrible damage done by some absolutely terrible decisions made in this country,” he said.
Jonathan Bengston, a senior librarian at the university, said he believes Moran’s appointment is one step in helping academic institutions grow.
“We are that cultural memory,” he said of libraries. “The goal is to re-examine our systems and structures within the academic library and to open them to different ways of knowing and being in this world. Indigenous voices are hugely important in Canada.”
Bengston said he wants Moran’s new role to inspire others.
“This is the first position of its type at a major Canadian university,” he said. “I hope it shows a path for others to follow as well.”
Cassels said he believes Moran’s role as the reconciliation librarian will better the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
“His work will foster mutual understanding and will greatly contribute to our university’s goal of advancing respect and reconciliation,” Cassels said in a statement.